57 Years Old and Currently Still in The Rat Race

One of my readers asked me for advice on the below scenario that he is facing.


Chance upon your blog since you had one of the REITs that long disposed of but yet I’m still keeping till date (i.e. SoilBuild Business Space REITs). Really enjoy reading your blog and analysis.


I’m 57 years old and currently still in the rat race, having a job that isn’t passionate about and feeling the anxiety and pressure despite already pass the benchmark 55th. I’m not good in investing but saving prudently and working hard, having a bit of equities in CASH, CPF, SRS. Yet the worst performance are those parked in SRS, guess it’s more than 50% lost. The psychologically not willing to let go, couple with the emotional fear of further losing, had since been holding me back from reshuffle the portfolio.


Appreciate any advice you can share.

The first problem that he is encountering is that the REIT that he is holding on is actually on a downtrend which is Soilbuild Business REIT which I have sold long ago. Believe me, it was a hard decision to make when I sold off Soilbuild Business REIT at a loss of 11% and I can understand the feeling of holding a REIT whereby you do not know how much further the value will drop. Like I have mentioned in my previous post, Soilbuild Business REIT is in a risky business whereby 11% of its tenants are in the Marine Oil and Gas Business. This puts SoilBuild Business Space REIT in a high risky position should more tenants default their rent.

My advice is to sell off Soilbuild Business REIT and reinvest the monies into something more stable such as healthcare REITs or retail REITs. Avoid industrial and office REITs as these industries tend to be cyclical. There are plenty other REITs out there such as SPH REIT, CapitaMall Trust and Mapletree Commercial Trust whereby there is still further room for growth.

The second problem is what to do with extra Cash, CPF and SRS? Given his age of 57, I would not put my cash into fixed deposits as this will lock down the monies. I will place the extra cash and SRS into Singapore Savings Bond as there is no lock down period which means you can redeem Singapore Savings Bond any time you want without any penalty. I know the interest rate for SRS is petite and if you didn’t know yet, you can invest in Singapore Savings Bond using SRS which should give you an interest rate of 1.62% for a period of 1 year.

Singapore Savings Bond is an extremely safe investment and I hope the above advice helps!

Purchase Singapore Savings Bonds with SRS in 2019

With the year of 2018 coming to an end soon, there is an excellent piece of good news that I will like to share. You probably have read it as other financial bloggers have wrote about it. If you didn’t know yet, in the near future, you can purchase Singapore Savings Bonds using your Supplementary Retirement Scheme funds with effect from 1st February 2019!

The current individual limit of S$100,000 have also been increased to S$200,000, inclusive of purchases with cash and Supplementary Retirement Scheme funds.

Personally, I felt that this is an excellent improvement to the Singapore Savings Bonds scheme. I can contribute to Supplementary Retirement Scheme for tax rebates and now invest them into Singapore Savings Bonds for a higher return.

If you buy Singapore Savings Bonds regularly like me, the monthly Singapore Savings Bonds purchases gets added to the list of your stocks in Central Depository (Pte) Limited (CDP) which kind of get messy as the list gets very lengthy. I am currently using StocksCafe to track my Singapore Savings Bonds.

To solely view your Singapore Savings Bonds purchases, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will launch a My Savings Bonds portal in March 2019. The portal will allow investors to view their total SSB holdings, purchased using both cash and SRS funds.

Happy Retirement Planning!

4 Tips To Help You Achieve Your Sweet Retirement

Below are some of the tips I have been practicing and I hope it helps you to achieve your sweet retirement. Please feel free to share more tips with me in the comments below.

#1 Invest For Passive Income

If you have followed my blog, you know that I am a dividend investor. As a dividend investor, I collect dividends from stocks that I bought, accumulate cash and re-invest them. Occasionally, I will do a stock take of how much cash I have on hand versus the amount I invested (Seventy Four Percent Invested, Twenty Six Percent Cash). I try to maintain at least 30 percent cash versus 70 percent investment. Anything above 30 percent, I will invest them if opportunity arises. If there is no current opportunity, I will park the cash in Singapore Savings Bonds which I think is an excellent place to keep your war chest as you can redeem the bonds anytime.

I have not been investing for a few months now as I am building my cash position towards the 30 percent mark.

#2 Transfer Your Monies From CPF Ordinary Account to Special Account

As a monthly routine, I have been transferring my monies from my ordinary account to my special account. Monies in the special account earns you a higher interest p.a. For more details of the interest rates, you can refer to the CPF website.

#3 Buy What You Need Not What You Want

I learnt to buy what I need and not what I want. There are endless things that I desire and wanted. My “Wants” are never enough. Nowadays, when I wanted to buy something, I will always ask myself whether do I need that thing that I wanted to buy and after I bought it, will I use it often? This allows me to be more conscious in my spending. For these few months, most of my monthly spending is on basic necessities such as food and toiletries. This also helps to make my home less cluttered as I avoided buying things that I do not need such as a new pair of shoes (P.S. I already have 3 pairs of shoes).

#4 Contribute to Supplementary Retirement Scheme

I contribute to the Supplementary Retirement Scheme (SRS) account. Although the interest rate is pathetic, it helps to reduce your income taxes.