SINGAPORE: A man earning S$1,000 to S$2,000 monthly working at a petrol station took to social media asking when one should aim to retire.

In an anonymous post to popular confessions page NUSWhispers, the man wrote: “Curious minds here – what’s the retirement magic number for Singapore, and when should one aim to hit the hammock?”. He asked how others would quantify the numbers and if a good gauge was savings equivalent to “30 times your yearly earnings, with zero debts, living that dream lifestyle (specifically..)?”

He shared that he was “just a broke lad” who did not own a house or car. He earned around S$1,000 to S$2,000 monthly working at a petrol station.

Netizens who commented on his post had advice. One said: “There is no magic no. But there is a formula. Assuming you live till the age of 70….and u want to retire at 55. you take your monthly expenses x the no. of yrs of not working. So that will be 15 yrs or 180 months. if your monthly expenses is 2k, that would set you back 360k + inflation…. I suggest you do two things. Get an education that will increase your pay and get a financial planner. Retirement is decades in planning. So better plan now”.

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Another commented: “Don’t target the wrong question. Even if someone tells you the magic number is $2 mil (or whatever), so what? You probably already know that at $1-2k monthly is not enough. Change the question to something a little more within control. “What can I do realistically, to earn more than that?” Your problem is not retirement, your problem is NOW. Keep going, find a different path for yourself”.

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