With 1 in 2 Singaporeans already having some form of passive income, you'll be lagging behind your peers during retirement if you've yet to start. What's more worrying is that only about 60% of women have started planning for retirement, in contrast to 70% of the men. If you've yet to start, check out how you can use OCBC Financial OneView and OCBC Life Goals on the OCBC Mobile Banking app to help.

If you’ve been wondering what you need to do now in order to ensure you'll have enough for retirement, a good start is this nifty mobile banking app which has all the digital financial planning tools you need. It not only helps you gain a bird-eye view of your finances, but will also provide suggestions on how you can make better financial decisions. 

Plus, if you’re a fan of (virtual) envelope budgeting, you can also make use of the budgeting tool in the app to separate your “not-to-be-touched” savings from your regular spending money. What’s more, you can also plan better by getting insights on your money, and even find out how much you may need for your child’s education expenses or for your retirement with OCBC Life Goals.

What I appreciated most was that OCBC Life Goals retirement planning tool served as a great reminder on 3 key messages - the role our CPF plays, the need to build multiple sources of income, and the impact of starting early. Read on to see how my journey was like!


First, we start planning in 3 simple steps: 

Step 1: Get a macro view of your finances 

Step 2: Get insights and identify where you need to start planning 

Step 3: Simulate and run projections on what you’ll need for your goals (e.g. children’s education fees, your retirement monies) 

Thanks to SGFinFex, you can now easily do this by consolidating on OCBC Financial OneView to get a picture of your overall financial health.

Source: The Straits Times

Once everything had been synced, OCBC Financial OneView was able to factor in my entire net worth across my various bank accounts, income, housing loan, and even my current CPF savings to help me plan for retirement.

If you already have the OCBC Bank mobile app on your phone, you might even have noticed the brand-new ‘Personalised Insights’ feature that helps to track your spending and "nudge" you when you might be going off-track:

Spending on bubble tea too often? The app will "nudge" you with these reminders, so that you'll think twice the next time :P

After reining in your spending, make sure you put that savings to work towards your goals!

You might recall that OCBC was the first bank in Singapore to roll out dedicated "money pots" to help folks achieve their saving goals. Now, the bank has built in even more planning tools to help you clearly distinguish between the money you have allocated for your everyday spend vs. what you wish to stash aside for the future.

Under "Life Goals", you'll be encouraged to start thinking about more long-term objectives for retirement and your children's education. 

I wanted to see the type of suggestions the tool would propose for someone who isn't on track for retirement, so I tried a (fake) simulation which gave me this:

The following investment products were then proposed:

By choosing the Growth Portfolio, it then showed me the following simulation outcome:

While your preferred choice of investment products may differ, I feel this does provide a good picture for folks who haven't started investing at all, as it shows the power of what investing can do for your financial future. 

But of course, Budget Babe has already started planning for retirement since I was in my mid-20s, so I had to redo my journey again...this time with actual, realistic figures:

Read on if you're curious to see how my planning journey was like - and this time with real, actual figures and plans!

Here's what I learnt from the whole journey starting with OCBC Financial OneView:

1. CPF is a crucial foundation for our retirement adequacy.

One of the best moves I made in my 20s involved (i) making voluntary cash top-ups to my CPF-SA and (ii) transferring a bulk of my OA to my SA.

It not only helped to reduce my taxes, but also ensured that my CPF grew at a rate faster than inflation. And as my salary grew, my CPF contributions also grew in tandem over the years, enabling me to hit $100,000 in net savings before I was 26.

You'll be asked to choose your desired CPF Life payout plan. Since I've already planned to ensure my CPF savings hits the ERS sum before I retire, I selected the ERS Standard Plan accordingly.

My dad is currently retired, and the same story goes - with minimal cash savings, his CPF payouts form the bulk of his living expenses in retirement.

With at least $2,000 of CPF payouts in mine, that's a good start, but still not enough. 

2. Building a combination of multiple sources of income will help me to meet my retirement cashflow needs.

I tried being rogue and left all the other fields (except CPF) empty at first, only to be told that I'll have a shortfall for my retirement.

So I tried again, this time using the following plans and assumptions:
  • Rental income: from an investment property
  • Allowance: 5% annual dividend payouts from an investment portfolio
    If you think this is unrealistic, it is actually just 5% yield on a $500k portfolio, which should not be hard to reach by the time you're 60.) 
  • Others: passive income from business and royalties
Fun fact: this is in line with the survey results from the recent OCBC Financial Wellness Index, which showed that 52% of Singaporeans have some form of passive income, with dividends and rental being the most common sources.

So if you haven't already started investing to build a stream of passive income, you are likely to lag behind your peers during retirement. 

But don't worry, if you haven't already started thinking about it, because going through the planning on OCBC Financial OneView will definitely give you a push in the right direction. 

3. By starting early, we are likely to have enough for our kids' education.

To be honest, my husband and I do worry whether we'll have enough for our children's education fees, especially given how quickly university fees have been rising over the years.

$75,000 per kid is no small sum, and it gets even more stressful if your child wants to study overseas!

Now that I'm pregnant with our second kid, that's going to be twice the difficulty.

Thankfully, OCBC Financial OneView reassured me otherwise:

If you were wondering how I got here, these are the inputs:

For those of you who have been following me on Instagram or heard from me during my webinars, you would have known how we built these amounts (mostly with the help of the Baby Bonus from the government + ang paos from friends and family).

If you're curious on how the estimates are derived, you can also click to view more details on the rates used by OCBC:

All in all, I would say the tool definitely achieved what it promised, and you can similarly use it to help you:
  • Get insights on your finances
  • Understand your goals, and your current gaps
  • Simulate different financial outcomes of your investments
  • Build your portfolio (the tool links directly to the bank's products so you can get started right away if you want to)
  • Review regularly to make sure you're on track to achieving your goals
You'll be able to find OCBC Financial OneView and OCBC Life Goals on your iBanking page or directly within your OCBC mobile banking app.

Have fun planning!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written in collaboration with OCBC. All opinions are that of my own.