Joint Press Release by CPF Board & HDB: CPF Interest Rates from 1 January 2017 to 31 March 2017 and Basic Healthcare Sum For 2017
Central Provident Fund (CPF) members will continue to earn interest rates of up to 3.5% per annum on their Ordinary Account (OA) monies, and up to 5% per annum on their Special and Medisave Accounts (SMA) monies in the first quarter of 2017. CPF members will also earn up to 5% per annum on their Retirement Account (RA) monies in 2017. These interest rates include an extra 1% interest paid on the first $60,000 of a member’s combined balances (with up to $20,000 from the OA) which is part of the Government’s efforts to enhance the retirement savings of CPF members.
CPF members aged 55 and above will also earn an additional 1% extra interest on the first $30,000 of their combined balances from January 2016. This is paid over and above the current extra 1% interest that is earned on the first $60,000 of their combined balances. As a result, CPF members aged 55 and above will earn up to 6% interest per year on their retirement balances.
The extra interest received on the OA will go into the member’s Special Account (SA) or RA to enhance his or her retirement savings. If a member is above 55 years old and participates in the CPF LIFE scheme, the extra interest will still be earned on his or her combined balances, which includes the savings used for CPF LIFE.
The OA interest rate will be maintained at 2.5% per annum from 1 January 2017 to 31 March 2017, as the computed rate of 0.24% is lower than the legislated minimum interest rate.
Correspondingly, the concessionary interest rate for HDB mortgage loans, which is pegged at 0.1% above the OA interest rate, will remain unchanged at 2.6% per annum from 1 January 2017 to 31 March 2017.
Please refer to Annex A for the detailed computation of the OA interest rate and HDB mortgage rate.
The SMA interest rate will be maintained at 4% per annum from 1 January 2017 to 31 March 2017, as the computed rate of 3.08% is lower than the current floor interest rate of 4% per annum.
Please refer to Annex B for the detailed computation of the SMA interest rate.
The RA interest rate will be maintained at 4% per annum from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017, as announced on 21 September 2016.
Please refer to Annex C for the detailed computation of the RA interest rate.
The Basic Healthcare Sum (BHS) is the estimated savings required for basic subsidised healthcare needs in old age. The BHS needs to be adjusted yearly for members below age 65 to keep pace with growth in Medisave withdrawals. Once members reach age 65, their BHS will be fixed for the rest of their lives.
From 1 January 2017,
For members aged 66 and above in 2017, their cohort BHS has been fixed and will remain unchanged at $49,800.
CPF members do not have to top up their Medisave Accounts if they do not meet the BHS. Any Medisave contributions in excess of a member’s BHS will be transferred to his other CPF accounts.
CPF members can visit www.cpf.gov.sg or call the CPF Call Centre at 1800-227-1188 for enquiries.
Source: Yields of 10-Year Singapore Government Securities are obtained from www.sgs.gov.sg