What it is:
A withdrawal penalty occurs when a depositor or investor withdrawsfrom an account before an agreed-upon withdrawal date for disallowed purposes or in a disallowed manner.
How it works (Example):
Individual retirement accounts (IRAs) are one type of withdrawal penalties. Typically, a person with an IRA into the account over a period of time and then must wait until age 59 1/2 to withdraw . If the investor withdraws before this age, he or she must pay a 10% early withdrawal penalty (as well as ) on the distribution. Other retirement vehicles, such as 401(k)s, carry penalties as well. Certificates of (CDs) have similar penalties for early withdrawal, though these securities often mature in just a few months or years.often associated with
Why it Matters:
When an investor gives withdrawal penalties, then the investor might withdraw early anyway.to an institution, the institution often uses that for other purposes for the of the period (a bank, for example, often lend it receives from CD investors to other customers; if the CD investor requests an , the bank may be in theory less able to fulfill its commitments to other customers). Thus, institutions implement penalties to encourage investors to stick to their agreements. Of course, if the investor can earn a return elsewhere that exceeds the 's plus all the
Nevertheless,is usually a bad thing in the world, though there are some circumstances in which investors can withdraw early without incurring penalties. These exceptions vary by instrument and institution, but they generally include things such as education expenses, disability, very high medical expenses, some home purchases, military service, and needs after a natural disaster.