UTT expects to up returns for investors

Over 100,000 investors in the Unit Trust of Tanzania (UTT) are currently getting best returns than anywhere in the money markets.

UTT says its collective Investment Funds are offreing over three per cent returns on a quarterly basis and a double digit, annually. This is largely for the income funds that provide a consistent inflow of earnings to the investor on a quarterly basis.

UTT documents for instance show that one of the Funds, Umoja Fund has an annual growth rate of 16.5 per cent while Wekeza Maisha Fund grows at 13 per cent, Watoto Fund at annual growth rate of 15 per cent and Jikimu Fund at 14 per cent.

Responding to questions from 'Daily News' about the prospects of  potential investors in the funds, UTT Acting Director of Marketing and Public Relations Mfaume Kimario said  there were prospects of doing better. UTT optimisms are based on the places where it invests.

"We expect to do better because of where we invest - call accounts, bonds, treasury bills, corporate bonds, fixed deposits. We invest diligently on behalf of our investors," said Mr Kimario. 

He said that with Umoja Fund, one may enter today and get out his or her money anytime. He said the Jikimu fund is open-ended type that basically allows members to enter and exit as they desire.
"It's an open end scheme," he said.

He said that with Jikimu Scheme Fund, investors receive income in every three months through an Income Distribution Fund, the equivalent of dividends in the stocks market.

"There is no place in the money markets right now where you can place your money and get those rates," he notes, adding: "If you put in money today, that is what you reap at the end of the year." 

The government established investment funds to instill in Tanzanians the discipline of saving and investment culture.
Source: The Daily News,dailynews.co.tz, reported by Orton Kiishweko
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