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An annuity is a type of insurance policy that typically guarantees fixed payments at regular intervals (usually monthly), for as long as you live or for a fixed period of time.
There are also participating annuity policies, which come with a non-guaranteed component that is dependent on the investment performance of an insurer's participating fund.
Annuities are usually purchased to provide income during retirement. Premium is usually paid in a lump sum but it can also be paid for an agreed period before the insurer commences payments to you.
The CPF LIFE scheme is an example of an annuity.
There are two types of annuities:
A life annuity insures one against the risk of outliving one’s savings.
Review the financial strength and soundness of the insurance company. While one should consider the kind of returns it has paid out in the past, only use it as a guide since it does not necessarily represent future performance when it comes to the non-guaranteed component of annuities.
CPF LIFE is a life annuity. Unlike term annuities, CPF LIFE provides the assurance of a payout stream for as long as you live.
As with other insurance schemes, CPF LIFE is able to do so via risk-pooling. This means that the interest earned on the annuity premium is pooled among the surviving members, ensuring that no CPF LIFE member will run out of retirement payouts in old age.
CPF LIFE is the only life annuity backed by the Singapore Government.
You will automatically be included in CPF LIFE to enjoy lifelong payouts if:
If you are a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident who does not meet the above requirements, you can still apply to join CPF LIFE and start receiving lifelong income, at any time between your payout eligibility age and one month before you turn 80 years old.
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