EPF members may be able to invest more in unit trusts

Employees Provident Fund (EPF) depositors who have more than RM120,000 of basic savings in the Account 1 may be able to withdraw more of their funds to place in approved investments.

NONEThis was revealed in the Economic Transformation Programme 2012 annual report launched by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak last night.

According to the ETP report, prepared by the Performance and Management Delivery Unit (Pemandu), this is one of the steps taken to stimulate the retail wealth management market.

"The government is considering allowing EPF members with more than the maximum RM120,000 basic savings amount in Account 1, regardless of age, to invest up to 50 percent of the excess in unit trusts and exchange traded funds," it reads.

The EPF's Members Investment Scheme presently allows members to withdraw on a quarterly basis not more than 20 percent of the total savings in Account 1 in excess of their respective basic savings.

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