Your EPF savings can be the largest disbursement amount that you will see in your lifetime. It’s something that most individuals anticipate throughout their working life. It can give them a sense of fulfillment as it’s possible for them to achieve their life goals.
Upon reaching 55 years old, most of the people prefer to withdraw all their EPF savings but many are opting for flexible withdrawals either in partial or monthly payments. There are several factors for you to consider in choosing between withdrawing a lump sum and making a partial withdrawal.
Decision: Lump-sum vs Partial Withdrawal?
As everybody known, EPF manages its funds with one risk profile and that is extremely conservative. Taking out your money from the EPF to invest makes sense because you can choose a fund that suits your risk profile or investing style.
EPF Investment Scheme allows contributors to withdraw money in Account I for investment purpose. The minimum of savings that can be invested is RM1000 and the maximum amount cannot be more than 20% of the total savings in Account I. However, there’re basic savings rules that you need to follow. Withdrawals can only be done every 3 months which allow you to do dollar cost averaging.
Have you ever thought of how much is needed for your retirement? According to the survey by AXA Retirement Scope 2010, most of the Malaysian seems like very aware of the amount of money that they will get after retirement. Actually, this is a good sign as you still know exactly how much you will earn or get after your retirement.
However, there’re many Malaysian do not start their retirement preparation early. Based on my analysis, there’s only 5% of total number of Malaysian are prepared for retirement. And, there are almost 80% of the working adults which in the age range of 25-34 years old think that they are too young to think about retirement, or some of them tend to believe they have enough as they have their EPF savings.
Most of the time, we are highly urged to name our nominees because the process of withdrawing EPF savings will not be as simple but may be more time- consuming. When there is no nominee, the EPF will pay the savings of the deceased member to the next-of-kin. He or she may apply to withdraw the deceased member’s savings by producing the following documents:
* Member’s death certificate
* Applicant’s identification card
* Letter of Administration which is produced by the High Court
* Documents that verify the applicant’s relationship with the deceased
* Marriage certificate
* Children’s birth certificate (if any)
* Personal savings account passbook
Payment will be made to the next of kin and is subjected to the member’s total savings as follows:
i) Member’s total savings is less than RM2,500
– All of member’s savings will be paid in full.