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Address delivered by

Mr. Ian Chinapoo – Executive Director

UTC’s SEA Scholarship Award Ceremony

July 31, 2015

  • Members of the Management Team of the Unit Trust Corporation
  • Dieonne Guischard, Youth Education Manger, Families In Action
  • Rynessa Cutting, Past SEA Scholar
  • UTC Scholars
  • Parents, grandparents and relatives
  • Members of the Media
  • Ladies and Gentlemen

I welcome to the 19thannual Unit Trust CorporationSEA Scholarship Awards.

I am sure that you feel an immense measure of pride at having gone through the rigour of the SEA examination, from the day you received your results and even now you would feel that sense of accomplishment and self-worth. For many of you it will be a moment that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.You will feel it even more when you put on that uniform, to your new school and why not? You would have earned it.This is an occasion to celebrate your success and we are happy to celebrate it with you. Read More

A diverse group of business and non- business students will have the opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience during the two-month internship program at the Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation.

The twenty-eight (28) secondary and tertiary students were officially welcomed by Mr. Nigel Edwards, Vice President, Finance and Mrs. Judith Sobion, Vice President, Corporate Support Services during the orientation ceremony on Monday 6th July at the Financial Centre. Emphasizing the benefit of program to the eager interns, Mr. Edwards said “ The UTC internship will allow you to complement and hone your current studies by applying what they are learning in our classrooms in the workplace environment,” Read More

As part of World Environment Day (WED) initiatives, staff of the Unit Trust Corporation (UTC) in collaboration with Papa Bois Environmental Group, came together to clean up the beautiful Yaara Beach on the North West Coast, Trinidad and Tobago. In order to make the clean-up more environment friendly, staff reduced the use of plastics and all traveled by maxi to the beach. Read More

At some point in our lives, we ponder the question, “What would you do if you were given a large sum of money?”Many people would feel burdened and intimidated with the responsibility of managing any kind of excess money.

Receiving a lump sum payout can be very exciting because for many individuals it’s rare to have the opportunity to spend or invest a large amount of money at one time. But figuring out what to do with a lump sum payout also can be very stressful, especially if you aren’t comfortable making financial decisions.

Many experts recommend that you should take several months or even a year to decide how you’ll use the money, especially if the payout is tied to an emotional event, such as a death of a family member or a separation from your job. Read More

April 24th, 2015

Financial Sector Changes

In an effort to further protect financial institutions, Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements remains a key feature.KYCis the process regulated markets identify clients and ascertain pertinent information before engaging in business with them. This is required for financial institutions and other companies to conform to due diligence and financial regulatory legislation. While the specific details of KYC requirements may differ between jurisdictions and regulatory regimes, organisations are required to understand their customers and clients including identifying the business, source of funds and wealth, purpose of specific transactions, expected nature and level of transactions and countries from which the customers/clients originate. The purpose of KYC guidelines is to assist financial institutions from being used by criminal elements for money laundering activities. Read More

April 16th, 2015

UTC raises bar on education

April 15th 2015: The Unit Trust Corporation recently partnered with students of St. Joseph’s Convent, San Fernando and Presentation College, Chaguanas on diverse educational projects, aimed at equipping them with life skills and reinforcing positive social interaction. Read More

April 2nd, 2015

Easter Greeting


A proper strategy is required to ensure that the goals you set are met. Whether the targets are to pay bills or to go on vacation, a carefully, well laid-out plan can assure success.   So when it comes to your finances a strategy map secures your goals.

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 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 are 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, it is more prudent to consider lower risk investments. Read More

 Gaining the knowledge and developing the skills to become financially literate is a lifelong process that begins with something as simple as putting a few pennies in a piggy bank, and evolves to more advanced subjects such as risk and asset allocation. Some parents may have a difficult a time talking with their teenagers about money, but it’s critical to their survival in the real world.

Unsure of where to begin and worried about saying the wrong thing, many adults simply avoid conversations about money. This is often made worse by adults’ lack of confidence in their own handling of finances. It is important for adults to remember thatthey have experience and perspective on their sides, and can draw both from their financial mistakes and successes to share essential knowledge and skills to their children. Read More

March 6th 2015:As vibrant colour and creativity washed over the Queen’s Park Savannah during this year’s Kiddies Carnival, staff from the Unit Trust Corporationcreated a memorable impression for those who came from children’s homes across the country.

The annual eventis crucial to the Carnival calendar, and this year the UTC collaborated with the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society to host a fun-filled day for children who reside at these homes.

As part of UTC’s commitment to supporting and contributing to the development and promotion of culture in Trinidad and Tobago, the Corporation made a financial contribution amounting to $20,000.00 to the event.

The UTC volunteers distributed gifts to these children, took them to get their faces painted and ensured they were engaged during the show.

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