Withdrawable funds are the amount of money you are able to withdraw out of your EasyEquities account into your bank account or use to purchase a gift voucher.
Where for example, your EasyEquities account indicates that you have R500 worth of 'withdrawable funds', it means that you have R500 in your account that is not subject to any of the lock-ups we sometimes need to apply to client funds. These lock-ups include:
1. Unsettled funds - when you sell a holding, it takes 5 working/business days for the funds to be settled. Until those 5 days have elapsed you cannot withdraw them. Using our early settlement will shorten the settlement period to 1 day.
2. Locked funds - when you contribute funds to your EasyEquities account by way of a debit order or EFT, we lock-up up those funds for a period of time. The time periods for these locked funds periods are below
- EFT deposit - 14 days
- Debit order deposit - 40 days
- Interaccount transfer - 40 days
- Promotional vouchers - 3 years (not applicable to vouchers you purchase and send on EasyEquities)
These rules regarding withdrawable funds are contained in our EasyEquities Terms & Conditions.
It is important to note that some of these protections are put in place to protect the health and longevity of the business and as importantly with that, our clients and their holdings. If we allow ourselves to be defrauded due to sub-par business practices, the effects on you the user could require unnecessary changes like increased costs, less variety of choice/functionality and an altogether less Easy experience.
Sufficient holdings to cover my withdrawal
This is best explained by way of example:
An Investor has an EasyEquities portfolio worth R15,000 and no available cash. In order to buy a gift voucher for R1,000, she needs withdrawable funds to do so.
She does an EFT into her EasyEquities ZAR account for R1,000 on a Tuesday and the funds are allocated to her account.
In order to determine whether the R1,000 is 'withdrawable' (and can, therefore, be used for the gift voucher purchase) our system looks at her holdings and determines that she has R15,000 of holdings, which is more than sufficient to cover the R1,000 she wishes to use.
The system marks the R1,000 as 'withdrawable' and the client buys the voucher and sends it to her very happy nephew for his birthday.
Two days later (Thursday) the client needs to withdraw the R15,000, so she sells her entire holdings and uses early settlement to settle the funds a day later (Friday).
The system, however, would only mark R14,000 of the R15,000 as 'withdrawable funds', and it would continue to hold the R1,000 as protection until 14 days from the date her original R1,000 was allocated, have elapsed.
In this example, the client is able to withdraw her R14,000 of 'withdrawable' funds on Friday but would need to wait a further 11 days until the remaining R1,000 is unlocked and becomes 'withdrawable' at which point she can withdraw it to her bank account.
Credit card and debit card funds clear immediately
If you are concerned about being able to withdraw funds out of your EasyEquities ZAR account shortly after making a deposit, you can utilise our credit card funding option on the platform as credit card and debit card funds clear immediately and are not subject to the locked funds period.