Podcast: Access bonds explained

Kristia van HeerdenLatest, The Fat Wallet

If you’re new to this money business, access bonds will confuse you. Not only do we use the word “bond” to mean “lending money to the government” and “borrowing money from the bank to buy a house”. The access we’re talking about has changed over the years. As Simon Brown explains in this week’s episode, in the bad old days before the 2008 crash, banks used to give you a little additional spending money when you took out a home loan. Those days are long gone, but the idea prevails. 

These days you can’t access the interest or principal repayments you’ve already made. You can only access additional repayments you’ve made to reduce your interest payments over time. For this reason, many people store their emergency fund in their access bond. It simultaneously reduces the interest you pay by reducing your principal amount outstanding and protects your cash from tax on interest. 

In this episode we discuss the possibility of using your access bond to become your own credit provider.


I am in the process of searching for a house and I often hear people saying that they use an “access bond” as an emergency fund. A friend of mine once told me in the past that I should never take up an access Bond because you never finish paying it. 

Listening to a lot of podcasts I often hear people saying they use it to put their emergency fund and then they get the benefits to reduce interest. Am finding it difficult to understand how this works, can you kindly explain this to me and how it works practically. 

I need to understand how I put money in the access facility, do I deposit it and will the interest reduce automatically? 

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Moving towards pulling the trigger on the investment side so getting there… 

TFSA for kids… (trustworthiness aside) 

If I want to play catch up with their contributions (or mine) as we are all starting late (12 & 14 for them and 49 for me) I am aware of the 40% tax on over contributions, but surely in the long term their returns will work this off and they will be ahead of the slower sticking to the limit curve? 

No.. I have not tried to spreadsheet this yet… My assumption is that the tax is on the input only? 

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