Study Funds

What is a Study Fund and what are its advantages?

A Study Fund is a savings instrument designed for salaried workers and the self-employed, enabling them to enjoy special tax benefits together with professional investment management in the capital market. The money in the Fund becomes liquid after 6 years of saving and can be withdrawn for any purpose as a capital amount exempt from capital gains tax (for deposits up to the beneficiary ceiling). After 3 years of saving, the money can be withdrawn for professional training, or when reaching retirement age. There is no obligation to withdraw the money accumulated in the Study Fund after 6 years, so that it is possible to continue saving  and benefit from the yield on the saved amount.  A saver who deposits up to the beneficiary ceiling amount in a Study Fund enjoys a double tax benefit: at the time of making the deposit, and when withdrawing the money. For the self-employed, a deposit in a Study Fund is deemed a recognized expense, while salaried workers do not pay income tax on the employer’s contribution. At the time of legal withdrawal (for deposits up to the beneficiary ceiling), the money in the Study Fund will be exempt from capital gains tax. The Study Fund money is invested in a range of capital market investment tracks of varying risk levels, and savers can choose the most suitable track for their needs and the period of saving. Savers can switch tracks at no cost and with no tax event, and in fact tailor the savings to changing market situations and their own changing needs over the savings period.  

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*The foregoing does not constitute a substitute for personal pension advice and/or marketing and/or tax advice adapted to each customer’s needs. * The Company may subsequently alter the nature of the investment policy and/or the composition of assets, as shall be decided from time to time, subject to the funds’ articles of association and to the legislative provisions. * The foregoing should not be construed as a commitment by the Company to achieve excess returns, and information on returns achieved in the past is not indicative of future returns. * The above is subject to the provisions of the law and to the provisions of the relevant articles of association. * * The foregoing should not be construed as an exhaustive review of the nature of the investment policy in the various tracks. Detailed information regarding the investment tracks and their investment policies can be found each fund’s web page.