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Which Mutual Fund or UITF Should You Invest In?

People who have been introduced to stock market investing recently have started to be exposed and be curious about other financial instruments available in the country for ordinary citizens today. Among these investment vehicles, the mutual funds and UITF’s (unit investment trust funds) have garnered the most popularity.

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It’s the other way around for me since I invested in mutual funds first before deciding to put my money directly in the stock market years back. It is actually the “cornerstone” in my current mission to help people achieve their financial goals and eventually become financially independent in the near future.

Let’s go back to basics once more and see if mutual funds or UITF’s are the best investment vehicles to ride in to achieve your financial goals.

What Are Mutual Funds and UITF’s?

Mutual funds and unit investment trust funds are both classified as “pooled” investments or funds that are contributed hundreds or even thousands of individual and corporate investors.

Unlike investing directly in bonds or the stock market, putting your money in mutual fund or UITF somehow lightens your responsibility and lessens your time in studying the market since that area has been transferred or delegated to the fund managers of the investment company (mutual funds) or the bank (UITF’s) in hope that they will strive to give higher returns for your investment.

Mutual funds and UITF’s are great investment vehicles to reach your financial goals. Are you looking forward to your child’s college education? How about your retirement years? Probably a brand new house or your first car? Or your dream business perhaps?

Here’s a very simple and comprehensive illustration from our partners Lenddo and Colayco Foundation for Education showing the types of mutual funds with details on where they are invested, the average annual returns, their respective risk levels, and the timeline or investing horizon. See for yourself which one fits your goals and your investing profile the most.

mutual funds

Which mutual fund or UITF fits your needs and personality?

To give you further understanding, here’a a video (only) shortie lecture from Investools for you to determine which mutual fund (or UITF) is best for your investing profile.

What are the differences between mutual funds and UITF’s?

Here are the differences between mutual funds and UITF’s as clearly illustrated by our friend celebrity blogger Fitz Villafuerte:

Where to invest

Who regulates these companies

  • MF: Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • UITF: Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)

What you are buying in a fund

  • MF: Common shares in the investment company
  • UITF: Units of participation in the fund

The price of the fund is expressed in terms of

  • MF: Net Asset Value Per Share (NAVPS)
  • UITF: Net Asset Value Per Unit (NAVPU)

Investment fees and their usual range

  • MF: sales charge (1% – 5%), redemption fee (0.5% – 3%), investment advisory, distributor and administration fees (1% – 2.5%)
  • UITF: sales charge (0% – 2%), redemption fee (1% – 2%), trust fees (1% – 1.5%)

The illustration below shows how much you would have earned on December 23, 2014 from your stock fund or equity fund if you invested your money in January 1, 2014.


As in any type of investment, it’s always recommended to study about mutual funds and UITF’s further before deciding to put your money in them. Don’t invest in anything just because everyone else has them in their portfolio.

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22 thoughts on “Which Mutual Fund or UITF Should You Invest In?”

  1. In UITF which you are buying units of participation only – not shares of a company, that means you don’t have the perks that MF or stock holders have, like having a dividend yield. Correct me if I’m wrong but I think UITF gains from capital appreciation alone… or maybe not??

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    1. In terms of taxation, the treatment is just the same for both MF’s and UITF’s. There are just some misinterpretations on taxation of UITF’s. MF’s load fees/charges are usually more as compared to UITFs’. Thanks for reading.

  8. By reading your blogs, I am being introduced to financial education. I want to improve my financial knowledge so that I can be able to contribute in the financial advocacy. I just want to ask where can I possibly attend a seminar on financial management as my starting point in my journey of financial education.

    1. Hi! I am Charm Constante. A financial advisor and SEC-licensed investment solicitor of Sunlife of Canada (Phils), Inc. You can talk to me regarding financial help about mutual funds. Feel free to ask for appointment. Here’s my email or message via SMS at 09178323968. Thanks!

  9. yeah, this is true.
    I have invested in this since 2011, i learned all of them thru my friend. i am glad i am part of this….

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