30 Mar '14, 9am

How to avoid #retirement blues #finance #savings

Recently, I took a break from work to attend a two-day workshop designed to equip older working professionals with the know-how to cope financially. One exercise generated some surprising responses from course participants. We were asked to work out how a 55-year old breadwinner could continue to support a homemaker wife, a son doing national service and a bedridden mother being looked after by a maid, if he loses his $7,000-a-month job. To a hard-headed financial writer like myself, the first thing the breadwinner should do is to check if the investment strategy he uses to deploy his $700,000 CPF savings and cash can generate sufficient passive income to carry on with the lifestyle his family is used to. But other responses were sometimes bizarre, such as the suggestion to bump off the ailing mother in order to send the maid home. Others were hilarious, like the advice fr...

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