EPF dividend for the year 2022 has been announced! Here are the top 5 things you can do with it


Not sure how to manage your EPF savings and returns? Principal Malaysia shares what you can do for a brighter retirement.

The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) recently declared a dividend rate of 5.35% for Conventional Savings and 4.75% for Syariah Savings for the year 2022, with a total payout amounting to RM51.14bil (1). Whilst dividend payout for the year 2022 may be lower than 2021, it is still higher than 2020, and it still indicates positive savings returns for contributing EPF members.

Here are the top 5 things you can do to manage your EPF savings and returns for brighter retirement days:

Evaluate your investment portfolio.

Market movement and volatility can be contributing factors to the performance of your investment portfolio. Evaluate and re-balance your investments at least once every six months to ensure you meet your financial goals and objectives.

Top up your EPF savings voluntarily.

It is said that RM145.5bil was withdrawn from members’ accounts to aid the hardships of Covid-19 pandemic (2), which caused a drop in median savings. In the recent re-tabling of Budget 2023, the Malaysian government has made a minor amendment to the current income tax relief that will allow EPF members to enjoy tax relief of up to RM4,000 for statutory EPF contributions (3).

Re-investing a portion of your EPF savings into Global, Regional and Domestic funds.

Another possibility is to re-invest some of your EPF savings via EPF’s i-Invest. Investing with Principal through this method will give you diversification opportunities with over 20 EPF-approved Global, Regional and Domestic funds with various asset classes. Principal is positive on Asian equities underpinned by China’s economic recovery, and earnings growth in Asia is expected to be stronger than developed markets. Principal’s recommended strategic holdings include Asia Pacific Dynamic Mixed Asset Fund, Asia Pacific Dynamic Income Fund, Asia Titans, Islamic Asia Pacific Dynamic Equity Fund, and Greater China Equity Fund.

Explore alternative investment options.

Understand your time horizon, risk tolerance and investment goals before choosing. For example, apart from voluntary EPF contribution and diversification of EPF savings via i-Invest, you can also look at investing in Private Retirement Scheme Fund (PRS). You can also enjoy up to RM3,000 tax rebate on PRS contributions until 2025.

Review your retirement plans.

Your retirement plans will determine how much you need to save and invest. The general rule of thumb is to review and rebalance at least once every six months or once every quarter. Here are also three scenarios you can consider before rebalancing your portfolio:

Changes in your risk profile

  • Changes in situational basis i.e emergencies, market conditions
  • A shift from your asset allocation strategy
  • Achieving your financial goal(s)

Start your investment journey with Principal

Investing your EPF savings is an excellent start to diversifying your investment portfolio. It gives you greater control over where your savings are being invested, and it can also help you reach your retirement goals. Here are Principal’s recommended funds.

Source: Lipper as of 31 Dec 2022 *Past performance is not an indication for future performance.Source: Lipper as of 31 Dec 2022 *Past performance is not an indication for future performance.

Begin investing with a minimum of RM1,000 and you’ll get up to RM50 Touch ‘n Go eWallet Reload PIN as your welcome reward. You can enjoy a 0% sales charge (for investments using EPF savings). Use offer code “Welcome2023” to earn a reward while investing. Valid from now till December 31, 2023. T&C apply.

Find out more about the offer here: https://www.principal.com.my/offer/invest-online/new-investor?utm_medium=article&utm_source=the-star&utm_campaign=epf_dividend

Sources:

  1. The Star, 4 March 2023
  2. New Straits Times, 4 March 2023
  3. RinggitPlus, 24 February 2023

Disclaimer:

You are advised to read and understand the relevant Prospectus, Information Memorandum and/or Disclosure Document including any supplemental thereof and the Product Highlight Sheet (if any) before Investing. Among others, you should consider the fees and charges involved. The registration of the relevant Prospectus, Information Memorandum and/or Disclosure Document including any supplemental thereof and the Product Highlight Sheet (if any) with the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) does not amount to nor indicate that the SC recommends or endorses the funds. A copy of the relevant Prospectus, Information Memorandum and/or Disclosure Document including any supplemental thereof and the Product Highlight Sheet (if any) may be obtained at our offices, distributors or our website at www.principal.com.my. The issuance of any units to which the relevant Prospectus, Information Memorandum and/or Disclosure Document relates will only be made on receipt of an application referred to in and accompanying a copy of the relevant Prospectus, Information Memorandum and/or Disclosure Document. Please be advised that investment in the relevant unit trust funds, wholesale funds and/ or private retirement scheme carry risk. An outline of the various risk involved are described in the relevant Prospectus, Information Memorandum and/or Disclosure Document. As an investor you should make your own risk assessment and seek professional advice, where necessary. Securities Commission Malaysia does not review advertisements produced by Principal.

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