How Integrated Shield Plans Affect You (All Insurer Edition)

How Integrated Shield Plans Affect You (All Insurer Edition)

Our Integrated Shield Plan (ISP) affects you greatly. It affects whether you have a good medical coverage now. It affects whether you can have affordable healthcare in future. More importantly, it affects if you need to continue working to sustaining your premiums in future.

This is not an April Fool’s Joke. It is real. My readers would already have known about this since last year. If you are lost or do not have a financial consultant to update you on your ISP, the bold statement is a summary of the change in the ISP structure.

Existing ISP supplementary plans will have a co-payment structure.

This means that there won’t be a 100% coverage/reimbursement anymore. Customers will have to pay a XX% co-payment (depending on the terms and conditions of your policy). You can read about co-payment and how to plan for it here.

 

But First: Medishield Life Premiums Increase

How Integrated Shield Plans Affect You (All Insurer Edition)

How Integrated Shield Plans Affect You (All Insurer Edition)

Following the announcement of 21st Dec 2020 new release from the MOH, claim limits will increase. At the same time, there will be premium adjustments to support the rising number of claims and payouts as well as the benefit changes. You will see this reflected in your renewal because Medishield Life is a component of your ISP.

 

Integrated Shield Plan Changes (All Insurer Edition)

In Singapore, there are seven health insurance providers. Each of them have adjusted their premiums and benefits accordingly. You should be more interested in what your existing rider has changed to. Here is a summary for the 7 health insurer in no particular order. These are all public available information and I will be putting a link of each insurer here.

How Integrated Shield Plans Affect You (All Insurer Edition)

How Integrated Shield Plans Affect You (All Insurer Edition)

AIA Singapore

  1. Premium increase for HealthShield Gold Max A
  2. Premium increase for Max VitalHealth A rider
  3. Max Essential riders to be converted to riders with co-payment
    – Essential A convert to Max VitalCare
    – Essential A Saver convert to VitalHealth A with EOCB Booster
    – Essential B convert to VitalHealth B
    – Essential B Lite  convert to Vital Health B Lite
    – Essential C (no conversion but there will be premium reduction)

View the changes in AIA Singapore Shield Support here.

AXA Singapore

  1. Increase in Premiums for AXA Shield Plan A and Enhanced Care Plan A rider
  2. Existing Basic Care, General Care and Home Care riders will no longer be available. All of them will be switched to Enhanced Care Rider.

View the the Enhanced Care Rider.

AVIVA Singapore

  1. Premium reduction for MyHealthPlus rider (Option B-II and Option C-II) attached to Plan 1
  2. Premium reduction for MyHealthPlus rider (Option A, B and C) attached to Plan 1, 2 & 3.

View the MyHealthPlus here.

Great Eastern Singapore

  1. Premium changes for SupremeHealth P PlusA Plus and B Plus
  2. Premium/Benefit changes for TotalCare riders
  3. Premium increase for TotalCare Plus riders

View Great Eastern Enhancement here.

NTUC Singapore

  1. Premium reduction for Enhanced IncomeShield on Preferred, Advantage, Basic and Enhanced C plans.
  2. Premium reduction for Plus & Assist Riders on Preferred, Advantage and Basic plans.

View NTUC changes here.

Raffles Medical

Raffles shield was launched on 1st Aug 2018. Ministry of Health (MOH) directed insurers in March 2018 to stop offering 100% coverage plans so I believe their riders are already on a co-payment basis already.

 

Final Thoughts By Wealthdojo

I believe this will not be the first or the last change when it comes to medical cost. It is therefore, important to have a trusted advisor who communicates the changes in a timely manner and navigate your retirement accordingly. As a financial consultant, I believe that this communication is vital because we never know such treatment and the affordability will arise.

Wishing you the best in your day ahead.

 

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There were only two things certain in life Death and Taxes

How Much Is My Income Taxes [2021 Edition]

It is the tax season for 2021. If you had an income in 2020, filing of your income tax starts 1st March 2021. You will NEED to file it by 18 April 2021 (e-filing) or 15 April 2021 (paper filing). If you don’t, it could lead to a fine or even a court summon. Don’t say you have not been warned.

We don’t really talk about taxes in 6 Levels Wealth Karate Methodology. In a simple gist, taxes are bittersweet to me. On one hand, I don’t like to pay taxes as it is an expenses to me. On the other hand, if I pay higher taxes, it would mean that my income is higher! I’m just glad that in Singapore, we have a really attractive tax program and we pay significantly lesser taxes as compared to people in other countries. Without going too deep into that, here’s how how much to pay for your income taxes in 2021.

 

Do you need to pay taxes or not?

Yes. You only pay income taxes if your chargeable income is greater than $20,000. Some income are chargeable and some are not. Fun fact: your winning from your TOTO/4D is not a chargeable income. Check out the full list here.

If your chargeable income in 2020 is above $20,000, you will be taxed with the progressive income tax system. Singapore follows a progressive income tax system. This means that the higher your income, the more you pay in taxes. The resident tax rates are as follows.

How To Reduce My Income Taxes Resident Tax Rates

How To Reduce My Income Taxes Resident Tax Rates

However, this does not show the effective income taxes for your income. When I first saw this table, I thought that if I earn $80,000, my tax bracket would be 7% or $5,600. This is untrue.

How To Reduce My Income Taxes Effective Income Tax Rates

How To Reduce My Income Taxes Effective Income Tax Rates

If you are earning $80,000, you will be paying $3,350 in taxes which means my effective income tax rates are 4.19%. Personally, I think it is quite fair. With the same $80,000, you would be paying $23,571 or 29.46% effective income taxes in USA.

 

Is it automatic?

If you received a letter/SMS/form that tells you to file your income tax, you will have to log in and file it yourself. This sms below is one that I received from IRAS. Typically, most of my income have already be pre-filed as I’m a self-employed working with AIA.

Income Tax 2021 Filing

Income Tax 2021 Filing

 

If you received a letter/SMS/form that tells you NOT to file your income tax, you don’t have to do it. But please verify if your information is correct and accurate.

If you didn’t receive anything from IRAS, you will still need to file a tax return if your:

  • annual net business income exceeded $6,000, OR
  • annual income (inclusive of rental income) was more than $22,000 last year

 

Tax Deductibles

Since 2020 is over, you can’t really do much changes into your deductibles. You can start planning for 2021 instead. In Singapore, we have a list of deductibles given to encourage social and economic objectives such as filial piety, family formation and the advancement of skills.

Income – Deductibles = Chargeable Income

As mentioned above, you will pay taxes on your chargeable income. This means that deductibles will play a big role in the taxes you are paying.

IRAS has created a personal income relief checker to see how much deductible you are allowed. These deductible includes SRS Top Ups, CPF cash Top Ups, just to mention a few. There is a maximum of $80,000 tax reliefs.

 

Final thoughts by Wealthdojo

There were only two things certain in life Death and Taxes

There were only two things certain in life Death and Taxes

Co-incidentally, these two can be well managed by proper financial planning or using insurance tools to achieve your financial goals. This article is meant to be a general article on how to pay taxes in Singapore. If you would like to know more, just comment on this post or contact me and I would love to have a conversation with you on the above.

Stay healthy. Stay Safe and pay your taxes.

Thank you for your contribution to nation building.

 

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10 SRS Investments to Consider Especially if you are 40 and older Retirement

10 SRS Investments to Consider Especially if you are 40 and older

If you are reading this, you probably have an amount of money in your SRS account. As the interest in the SRS account is 0.05%, you are also probably thinking of investing that amount. In the 6 Levels Wealth Karate, one of the key pillars of your financial journey is building up your investment portfolio and that includes your SRS account.

If you are unsure what SRS is, please refer to comprehensive SRS guide that was written previously.

Start Here: The $1 SRS Strategy

Basic Knowledge: 5 things you need to know about SRS when you are 40 and older

Your SRS Overseas Retirement Guide: 3 things you need to know about SRS if you plan to leave Singapore

Today, we focus on the 10 Investments you can consider using your SRS.

(Disclaimer: We will be explaining each concept with a real life examples. Please note that, those are not buy/sell recommendations. The suitability of the investment vehicle depends on each individual. Please talk to a competent financial advisor for more details.)

 

Investment #1: Fixed Deposits

A fixed deposit is an investment vehicle that pays account holders a fixed interest in exchange for depositing a certain sum of money for a certain period of time. It is very popular among the older generation as it is virtually risk free as long as the bank doesn’t collapse. Even if it does, your deposits are still protected, up to $50,000, thanks to the Singapore Deposit Insurance Corporation.

I have pulled up an example to showcase fixed deposits. It is worth noticing that after the 13th month, the interest will become more significant. Also if you are putting your money for 6 months or less, the interest is 0.05% which is indifferent for you to not put into a fixed deposit anyway.

10 SRS Investments to Consider Especially if you are 40 and older fixed deposit

10 SRS Investments to Consider Especially if you are 40 and older fixed deposit

 

Investment #2/3/4: Singapore Government Securities

Singapore Government Securities are debt instruments that are fully backed by the Singapore Government. Singapore Government Securities includes Singapore Saving Bonds (SSB), SGS Bonds and also Treasury Bills.

For SSB and SGS Bonds, you will receive interest every 6 months. If we put the definition loosely, it means you are lending money to the Singapore Government to receive a interest.

For Treasury Bills, it does not issue interest/coupons. You will receive the face value at maturity. If we put the definition with an example loosely, you are paying $0.95 now to get $1.00 in a xxx time frame.

I have taken a screenshot of the detailed comparison of the 3 securities here. Do check out more information on the MAS Website.

DBS has also created an extremely useful step by step guide to help you in your purchase of the securities.

10 SRS Investments to Consider Especially if you are 40 and older Singapore Government Securities

10 SRS Investments to Consider Especially if you are 40 and older Singapore Government Securities

 

Investment #5: Bonds

Bonds are basically debt instruments as mentioned above. However, I have separated bonds with the above SSB/SGS bonds because bonds can issued by companies etc. In a simple nutshell, the better the credit rating of the bond issuer, the lower the returns (or the coupon rate).

There are 3 main ones that you can purchase. Firstly, individual bonds, Bond ETF Funds, and Bond Unit Trusts (more on ETF/Unit trust in a while).

A popular example of a bond is the Astra V PE Bonds Class A-1. It was popular because the bond was issued by Temasek Holding’s subsidiary, Azalea. It was offering 3.85% annual interest for it’s bonds and was 7.2x oversubscribed in 2019. In this bond, you can see their investment diversification on their website. (Again, this is not a recommendation)

10 SRS Investments to Consider Especially if you are 40 and older Astrea V Bonds

10 SRS Investments to Consider Especially if you are 40 and older Astrea V Bonds

 

Investment #6: Stocks

A stock (or equity) is a security that represents the ownership of a fraction of a corporation. Loosely define, you are a partial owner of the company when you purchase the company’s stock.

There are several methodologies that you can use to invest in stocks. Recently, the hottest topic around is whether Value Investing Is Dead Or Maybe Not. I have also written about a hidden gem in the Singapore Stock Exchange that might have short term capital appreciation in the next 6 months. If you are interested in banks, I have written about DBS business and opportunity.

The example I will be using is an evergreen stock in the Singapore Stock Exchange called Singtel. It is important to know what you are investing in. Most people only recognized Singtel for its’ mobile and data internet service, but do you know that >50% of their revenue comes from something else? Stock investing require greater skills and mental fortitude. I strongly encourage you to learn more about stock investing before dipping your toes into it.

PS: You can only invest in stocks listed in the Singapore Stock Exchange using your SRS.

10 SRS Investments to Consider Especially if you are 40 and older Singtel Business Revenue

10 SRS Investments to Consider Especially if you are 40 and older Singtel Business Revenue

 

Investment #7: Reits

Reits (real estate investment trusts) are the same as stocks except they invest only in real estate. They tend to have higher distribution yield as compared to stocks because of their consistent cashflow from rental. Similarly, you can only invest in a Reits that is listed in Singapore. At the end of 2019, Singapore has 35 REITs, six stapled trusts and two property trusts.

An example is the Mapletree Industrial Reits. Its principal investment strategy is to invest in a diversified portfolio of income-producing real estate used primarily for industrial purposes in Singapore and income-producing real estate used primarily as data centres worldwide beyond Singapore, as well as real estate-related assets.

As at 30 September 2020, MIT’s total assets under management was S$6.6 billion, which comprised 84 properties in Singapore and 27 properties in North America (including 13 data centres held through the joint venture with Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd). MIT’s property portfolio includes Data Centres, Hi-Tech Buildings, Business Park Buildings, Flatted Factories, Stack-up/Ramp-up Buildings and Light Industrial Buildings.

10 SRS Investments to Consider Especially if you are 40 and older Mapletree Industrial REITS

10 SRS Investments to Consider Especially if you are 40 and older Mapletree Industrial REITS

 

Investment #8: ETFs

ETFs are called exchanged traded funds. An ETF typically replicates a specific index (for example, the Straits Times Index or the Singapore Market). The main feature of an ETF is that it is passively managed and do not try to outperform the underlying index. They usually have lower fees and charges as compared to actively managed investment funds such as unit trust.

Currently, there are 39 ETFs listed in the Singapore Exchange.

One example is the SPDR® S&P 500® ETF Trust (S27). They are investing in the 500 companies in the S&P500. You can take a look at the top 10 holdings of this ETF.

10 SRS Investments to Consider Especially if you are 40 and older SPDR ETF

10 SRS Investments to Consider Especially if you are 40 and older SPDR ETF

 

Investment #9: Unit Trust

Unit Trust is a fund that invested in a portfolio of assets according to the fund’s stated investment objective and investment approach. It is usually more active than ETFs. Unit trust could be diverse because there could be infinite investment approaches in the world.

You could invest in a dividend fund, a growth strategy fund, a commodity fund, a growth strategy in emerging countries, a dividend strategy fund in a developed market (I think you get the point now), etc. Because unit trust is so broad, we will not be giving an example. I feel it is best to work with a financial advisor to discuss and find the most appropriate unit trust for you.

 

Investment #10: Single Premium Insurance Product

A single premium insurance are usually retirement/annuity/accumulation products. Not all insurance products can be bought using the SRS.

There are 2 strategies in general. One being a lump sum payout at maturity or a stream of income in the future, starting from a date of your choice. A portion of your investment returns are guaranteed as compared to investment #5/6/7/8/9. This appeals to those that are seeking a more conservative and steady income stream during retirement. There is also a possibility of bonuses that are non-guaranteed.

Please feel free to contact me to have more information on these.

PS: An article isn’t complete unless there is a photo of retirement with 2 loving elderly =)

10 SRS Investments to Consider Especially if you are 40 and older Retirement

10 SRS Investments to Consider Especially if you are 40 and older Retirement

 

Final thoughts by Wealthdojo

Whichever the financial vehicle that you are deciding, it is important to understand and know your risk profile, knowledge level, budget, income etc to make a good investment decision.

I wish you all the best in your investment. Do contribute to your SRS before 31 Dec if you wish to have tax benefits for your financial year.

 

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3 Brutal Truths about Investment Linked Policy You Wish You Knew ILP Fees

3 Brutal Truths about Investment Linked Policy You Wish You Knew

Investment Linked Policies or ILPs have been an ideal target to be bashed by many personal finance groups and investment gurus. In your wealth management journey, perhaps an agent might have ethically (common assumption used by those groups/gurus) told you or sold you an ILP before. Hence, you might start to think whether the ILP does make sense for you.

These Groups/Gurus’ bottom line: Cancel Your ILPs. The fees are expensive. Buy term, invest the rest. You can get better investment returns.

Wealthdojo’s bottom line: ILP is suitable if you are looking for a booster in coverage for a short period of time and plan to accumulate shares/units in a systematic way. You have a more passive approach to investment. An ILP works ideally when you are younger.

3 Brutal Truths about Investment Linked Policy You Wish You Knew ILP Confused

3 Brutal Truths about Investment Linked Policy You Wish You Knew ILP Confused

So what now? Disclaimer aside, I hope to share with you 3 brutal truths on ILP and the current narration on ILP in the market.

 

Short Recap

Investment Linked Plans are policies that have life insurance coverage and investment components. Your premiums are used to pay for units in one or more sub-funds of your choice. Some of the units purchased are then sold to pay for insurance and other charges, while the rest remain invested. (Moneysense Definition)

In a layman structure, it looks like this.

Pay Premium > Buy units of the funds at today’s price > Some units are sold to pay for insurance > Wait for next month premium

The units accumulates every month via dollar cost averaging and will build up substantially in a long run. Let’s go on to the brutal truths for ILP.

 

Truth #1: You will pay fees.

This reminds me of a story of a man buying cake for his son’s birthday. After looking at various cakes, his eyes soon fell on a 7-inch strawberry fresh cream cake that stood at the center of the display. This shop is famous for their fresh cream and his son loves fresh cream.

Man: “This cake looks beautiful. How much is this cake?”

Baker: “It costs $97 sir”

Man started to be agitated: “That’s ridiculous. It is just a bunch of strawberries, flour, eggs and sugar. This is a rip-off!”

Baker said calmly: “Sir. You are right. Therefore, we have something just for you”

The baker brought him to the corner and showed him a bunch of strawberries, flour, eggs and sugar and said: “Those will be $13”

Man: “I don’t understand. What do I do with a bunch of strawberries, flour, eggs and sugar?”

Baker: “Well, that’s what we are paid to do.”

3 Brutal Truths about Investment Linked Policy You Wish You Knew ILP Fees

3 Brutal Truths about Investment Linked Policy You Wish You Knew ILP Fees: Source

The simple truth is that there will be fees. When you enroll into an ILP, you are paying for insurance, you are paying for wealth management and miscellaneous administrative fees which includes commission for the consultant. You are paying to enroll to a service which consist of insurance protection and investment accumulation.

The narration in the market is that an ILP’s charges are expensive and expensive is a subjective word. Perhaps, it is better to put things side by side with insurance and investment.

Let’s take a look at insurance. I will be comparing our National Insurance Dependent Protection Scheme (DPS), as compared to XXX company’s ILP charges per age band (I personally believe the charges are very similar across companies). We will compare using a basis of $46,000 sum assured for Death and Total Permanent Disability (TPD).

3 Brutal Truths about Investment Linked Policy You Wish You Knew ILP Insurance Charges

3 Brutal Truths about Investment Linked Policy You Wish You Knew ILP Insurance Charges

As you can see, the charges for XXX’s company is lower than DPS for all ages except for 55 to 59. This shows that rates are quite competitive. As you become older, you pay more for insurance as the chances of you suffering from Death and TPD increases.

You can also see an element of the popular advice buy term invest the rest here. On an ILP, we contribute a premium monthly. Part of it is used to pay insurance. In the table, we pay for the required insurance charges at that age and the rest goes into investment. If you add on other unit deducting riders like critical illness and early critical illness, you should pay more premium so that you won’t have too little going into investment.

Note: DPS is due for a change and there could be a chance the insurance companies might follow as well.

 

Let’s talk about investment now. As the strategy for an ILP is mostly passive, it might not be a fair comparison to other investment methods that might be more active. I will give an attempt to compare the fees across various personalities.

3 Brutal Truths about Investment Linked Policy You Wish You Knew ILP Investment Charges

3 Brutal Truths about Investment Linked Policy You Wish You Knew ILP Investment Charges

The current narrative from investment gurus are that the ILP has high upfront charges of up to 50% of the premium. It is the same for investment courses as well. They do charge a high upfront course fee of around $3000 to $5000. Furthermore, I assume there are no other upsell programs after that.

Another common narrative is that the 1.25% p.a. fund management fee will reduce the investment returns in the long run. This is a true statement as any expenses will reduce your investment returns. Recently, investment courses are also changing to provide continuous support at a fee of $49 to $197 per month. This is akin to having a “fund management fee”.

For those that are self taught investors, he/she might have save on the cost. However, I can only imagine how huge the time commitment he/she dedicated into learning how to invest. One can say to invest in a passive S&P500 index fund with low expense ratio. Then again, how long will you take to reach this decision? How many mistakes might this person make before doing that?

Fees will have to be paid. It is just a matter of to who and how.

Side note: It may not be fair to compare anyway. An investment course does not have insurance coverage. Similarly, an ILP is not an active strategy as compared to some investment courses. The lessons you learn from investment courses are also priceless.

 

Truth #2: If you pay peanuts, you will get peanuts.

Whether it is an ILP, endowment or ETF, if you pay peanuts, you will get peanuts.

This is rather straightforward. I know some people who may have unrealistic expectations on the money they are saving or investing. A $100/month policy or a $100/month ETF is not going to buy you your financial freedom. If you invest $100/month for 30 years with an 10%, you will get $197,392 which is decent but definitely not enough for retirement.

3 Brutal Truths about Investment Linked Policy You Wish You Knew ILP Invest Small

3 Brutal Truths about Investment Linked Policy You Wish You Knew ILP Invest Small

This year, I presented a few maturity cheques varying from $15,000 to $60,000 to some of my clients. I excitedly told one of my clients that his maturity cheque is coming in August 2020 and told him to look out for it. He took me out for coffee and asked me how much he was getting. After checking my portal, I told him the amount was $22,000.

He took a sip and exclaimed “Why only $22,000? I has been paying for 25 years.”

“Uncle, you were saving $50/month. In total, you saved $15,000. Personally, I think this is a decent return.”

A short while later. He confessed that he should have saved much more when he was younger.

Imagine there is an investment that can give you 100% returns. If you invest $100 in it, the maximum you will get back is $100. $100 in absolute is not a lot. Therefore, it is very important for us to save up our first pot of gold or simply increase the amount of regular contributions every month.

 

Truth #3: Not everyone you meet will be interested in investing

Sometimes, we forget that we look at others with our tinted lens. We tend to judge a decision and call foul when it is a decision that is not consistent to our own belief. In a recent viral article, a young couple in their 30s paid off their $470K HDB loans in 2 years.

3 Brutal Truths about Investment Linked Policy You Wish You Knew ILP Opinions

3 Brutal Truths about Investment Linked Policy You Wish You Knew ILP Opinions

This is a feat that is not easy to many. However, this sparked off a huge debate on many personal finance groups saying how financial “Illiterate” they are. They could have made use of the low interest environment to pay off their loans and use the money to invest in other things.

First, I would like to congratulate them. They are debt-free and it is something money *ahem* can buy. If their objective in life is to live a life that is debt free, they are already successful.

Not everyone you meet will be interested in investing or willing to spend loads of time to look into investment. Therefore, the ILP gives a simple disciplined dollar-cost-averaging strategy to accumulate the units of the recommended portfolio funds.

If you are a disciplined investor, feel free to buy term and invest the rest. Please do not expect everyone else to think like you.

 

Final thoughts by Wealthdojo

I’m not advocating ILPs. At the end of the day, the ILP is a wealth accumulation and insurance tool that can fit into a certain profile of individuals. It may be suitable for certain groups of individuals. Personally, I feel that the narration of the ILP has been viewed with tinted lens. Those people are right in their own aspects and life stages.

If you are unsure if the ILP is still suitable for you, please feel free to write in to me. I would love to help you understand it together.

 

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Careshield Life New Updates

Why you shouldn’t pay $200 for your Careshield Life

In 02 Sept 2019, The Singapore Parliament approved Careshield Life. This is the 3rd Shield that Singapore has to prepare our population in this aging economy. We will be covering how will Careshield Life be part of our Wealth Management journey and whether it will be enough.

Careshield Life New Updates

Careshield Life New Updates: My Letter

 

What is Careshield Life?

CareShield Life provides Singapore a Lifetime* payout of $600/month up to $1200/month** in the event of severe disability. The premiums can be fully paid by Medisave. The government ensures that no one will lose their coverage due to financial difficulties. The claim will be eligible if a person is unable to perform at least 3 out of 6 activities of daily living.

Careshield Life New Updates Activities of Daily Living

Careshield Life New Updates Activities of Daily Living

*As long as the insured remain severely disabled
**Estimated payout if increase at 2% a year

 

Why will you need it?

I hope you can agree with me that once a person is unable to perform 3 out of 6 activities of daily living, he/she probably will need help to maintain and sustain his/her life. In the 3 Lessons I Learnt From Critical Illness Survivors and Family Members, I learnt that a family member typically have to help the survivor for at least 6 months or until the treatment is over. If the disability is prolonged, most of them will choose to employ a maid to take care of them.

In recent years, the monthly recurring cost of hiring a maid (excluding the one time cost such as plane tickets, etc) is easily more than $800. This does not include other options like nursing homes, home and community care, transport, consumables and so on.

Based on AVIVA’s Long Term Care Study 2011 showed that claimants on average required about $2,150 per month to pay for a domestic helper or nursing home, transportation to and from the hospital for treatments or physiotherapy, mobility aids, as well as daily expenses and bills.

A Department of Statistics Singapore paper published in 2011 showed that, in Singapore, more than a third of caregivers had been providing care to their recipients for over a decade.

In the Eldershield Review Committee Report in 2018, 1 in 2 healthy Singaporeans aged 65 could become severely disabled in their lifetime.

With the statistics stacked against you, I personally think that the $600/month from Careshield life will not be enough.

 

Careshield Life New Updates Cost

Careshield Life New Updates Cost: Photo Source

 

I already have insurance that covers for TPD. Why make me buy this?

TPD or total permanent disability will only have a payout when it is permanent (As the name suggest. For the avoidance of doubt, please check your individual policies for the definition). If the condition is not serious enough, there may not be a claim from TPD. Careshield Life provides monthly pay outs as long as you are unable to fulfill 3/6 Activities of Daily Living either temporary or permanent. Other common severe disabilities includes the following:

  1. What if there is an amputation that is because of diabetes?
  2. What if there is an accident or degeneration of muscle?
  3. Progression of illnesses such as dementia?

 

What should you do?

If you are age 30 – 40 now, welcome to Careshield Life. It is compulsory. Those that are in eldershield (1979 and before), you can get incentive when you switch over to Careshield Life by by 31 Dec 2023. You can find out more here.

 

Final Thoughts

Personally, I think this is a great initiative by the government to address the needs of the aging population in the years to come. Those who are between 30 to 40 will probably be shocked (or pleasantly surprised) to receive this letter in the next few days.

You shouldn’t be paying only $200 for careshield. I think we should pay more for more benefits.

Long Term Care is part of your Wealth Management, speak to your financial advisors for future clarification.

 

No one will care about your money as much as you do.

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