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2013 is right around the corner, so it’s time to start evaluating your success for 2012 and setting investment goals for next year.

You may have short-term goals you hope to achieve within a few years and long-term goals for the distant future. For example, you may be saving for the down payment on a home or perhaps you want to provide university education for your child or children. Maybe your goals are even longer term and you’re building a nest egg for retirement or planning to get married.  Whether you are kick starting your investment or already a seasoned investor, setting goals is the foundation upon which long term wealth is built.

In order to reach your goals, you need to determine their practicality and outline each goal’s investment time horizon. Time is important because the longer you have to achieve a goal, the more aggressive you can be in your investment choices. Conversely, when you have less time to achieve a goal, you are more likely to consider lower risk investments.

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Executive Director, Unit Trust Corporation, welcomes unitholders (L-R) Michael Attong, Joy Attong and Kenroy Lewis.

As part of its thirty year anniversary celebrations,  the Unit Trust Corporation recently celebrated thirty longstanding customers who remained loyal to the Corporation and who kept the faith over those thirty years.

For their unswerving allegiance, these 30 stalwart unitholders were treated to an exclusive breakfast with Executive Director, Ms. Eutrice Carrington, where they were given recognition and paid tribute in an intimate gathering at the Corporation’s headquarters on Independence Square, Port of Spain.

Ms. Carrington, in her welcome address, expressed how truly humbled and privileged she was to share and celebrate their loyalty in this moment of the Corporation’s history.

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Debunking Investment Myths

Many people go about investing in sporadic fashion, without considering their goals, time horizon or risk tolerance.  Once this happens, it is easy to  fall prey to myths that are perpetrated by the ignorant and foolish.  The result is bad investment decisions  that can leave an investor jaded.

Here a few myths that need to be put to rest:

I am too young to plan for retirement

“I’m too young to be thinking about retirement,” is the saying of many young people. However, you should start your retirement planning from the day you receive your very first paycheck. While many of us don’t start the planning process at this time, it’s never really too late to get going. Unless of course you wait until the day you plan to retire. Retirement is one of the most important life events many of us will ever experience. From both a personal and financial perspective, realizing a comfortable retirement is an incredibly extensive process that takes sensible planning and years of discipline. Even when it is reached, managing your retirement is an ongoing responsibility that carries well into your golden years. UTC’s Universal Retirement Fund (URF) or the Individual Retirement Unit Account (IRUA) are ideal vehicles to consider as part of your retirement planning. They can provide the keys to dealing effectively with the prospect of retirement and old age by allowing an investor to maintain an investment portfolio that provides financial options in the golden years. Read More

For the unprepared, Christmas can come at a high price. Between gifts, wrapping paper, parties and impulse buying, Christmas can spell financial ruin even for the most savvy of investors.   With intelligent cost cutting and creative thinking, Christmas does not have to be a drain on your wallet.

Unfortunately, many people end up dreading the Christmas season simply because it often means incredible amounts of debt and financial stress. And in a world where investors are bombarded with financial and economic stresses, there is really no need to add to the burden. Read More