Hi, Mr. Tan
I need your advice. I have just signed up for a $30,000 Growth policy using my OA. The insurance agent told me that I must sign up before 1 April to beat the deadline. It offers a projected return slightly more than 4%.
My friend told me that this policy locks me up for the period of 20 years. If I need the money to buy a property or to contribute towards the monthly payment (in case I lose my job), I will have to suffer a loss. Is this correct? Can I withdraw from my policy now?
Most people uses the ordinary account to pay the down payment for a property and to service the monthly repayments.
If you invest in the Growth policy, it is locked up for the period of 20 years. If you decide to terminate the policy (e.g. to use the funds for a property), you will have to suffer a loss, as part of your investment is used to pay commission to the insurance agent.
If you keep the money in the ordinary account, you will earn 3.5% (i2. 2.5% plus 1% bonus on $20,000). If you invest in the Growth policy, you will get a return between 2% to 4% (plus) depending on the future rate of bonus. If interest rate remains at a low level (as it has been during the recent years), the return on the Growth policy is likely to be lower than projected.
In my view, it is better to keep your money liquid, rather than be locked up in a long term contract that offers only a marginal increase in yield. If you decide to cancel the policy, you can do it within the 14 day cooling off period, and get a full refund.
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