We have all made changes to our everyday lives out of necessity or choice because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has touched everyone of us, affecting where and indeed if we are working, how we connect and stay in touch with our families and friends, how we exercise, and how we shop.
However, when it comes to finances, COVID-19 has affected people very differently.
There has been a growing number of unemployed. The tourism, hospitality and retail sectors have been particularly hard hit, and are industries that traditionally have a higher proportion of millennials and females in their workforce, who are needing to draw down on typically minimal savings to meet their everyday financial obligations.
Many families have been fortunate enough to have the same income as before, yet the restrictions enforced upon them have reduced their expenditure, meaning more disposable income and an opportunity to pay down debt and increase savings.
Meanwhile, some fortunate individuals are financially better off in terms of income than before the virus due to the various Government stimulus payments they have received over recent months.
The effects of COVID-19 have also been felt on the financial markets. So, it is hardly surprising that many people are now taking a moment to assess their current financial situation and work out their financial strategy for the months ahead.
In times of difficulty, it is tempting to change your strategy.
So, what is the right move when it comes to investing through the current market fluctuations? Well, there is no right or wrong answer. It’s all down to what is right for you, your own circumstances, and more importantly what you feel comfortable with.
The thing to keep in mind is that whatever you decide, the Raiz app makes it incredibly easy and inexpensive for you to implement buy and sell decisions and supports you in achieving your investment goals.
How to make an investment into the market with Raiz
Once you have your account set up and verified, there are 3 easy ways to invest;
A “round-up” allows investments to happen automatically, in the background of your life. Round-Ups is the virtual spare change captured from rounding up your transaction to the nearest Ringgit. When you link your bank accounts to your Raiz account, we track the spare change from your transactions you make via debit card linked to the bank account, and make it available for you to invest.
2. One-Time Investment
You can invest a single lump sum into your Raiz account at any time. Simply click on Invest > Deposit from the Home screen. You can use the ‘quick amount’ buttons, or enter your amount, then confirm your investment.
3. Recurring Investment
You can easily automate regular investments using the Raiz app. From the Home screen, click on Invest > Recurring. Simply choose your investment amount, select a frequency (daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly), and when you want the investment to start.
You can also set an optional Savings Goal if you are saving towards something specific and want help tracking your progress!
Regardless of whether you use Round-up, One-Time or , Recurring to make your investment, so long as the investment request is made within the app before our daily cut-off time (approx. 11pm Malaysia Time, Mon-Sun), then funds will be taken from your linked Funding Account the same business day.
We invest your money in the next business day after it has been taken from your Funding Account, which is when your ‘buy’ price is locked in.
Once we have confirmation that units have been successfully purchased on your behalf, your Raiz balance will be updated to include the new investment.
How to withdraw your investment
You can withdraw either all or part of your investment from Raiz easily, at any time, with no penalty.
While you can create a withdrawal request 24/7 within the Raiz App, we can only action the sale of the investment on the next business day which is when your ‘sell’ is locked in.
To make a withdrawal, from within the app is easy, simply click on Invest > Withdraw from the Home screen, enter the amount you wish to withdraw, and confirm.
When you sell shares/units a settlement transfer of two business days which means that the funds take two days after the sale to be released and received by Raiz.
When we receive the funds after the two-day settlement period, we transfer the funds back to your bank account as soon as possible, so while the maximum wait time is up to 5 business days, it can usually take 3 or 4 (not including public holidays and weekends).
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