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A unit trust is a collective investment scheme (CIS) that enables you to pool your money with other investors into a single portfolio. The portfolio is divided into equal portions called “units” and each unit is valued daily. The “unit price” is based on the value of the market value of the instruments in which the pool of money is invested.
The portfolio is actively managed by the appointed asset or investment manager in accordance with its theme. These could include value, where the manager invests your funds in companies that appear cheap relative compared to the market, or geographical, such as emerging markets.Collective investment schemes such as unit trusts are accessible, flexible, well-regulated, and transparent medium to long-term savings vehicles.
Unit Trusts are available in the following EasyEquities accounts:
- EasyEquities ZAR
- EasyEquities RA
Each unit trust may have different fees associated with the fund. There are various reasons for the difference in fees, for example;
- Whether the fund is active or passively managed.
- The size of the fund
- The frequency of any trading activity (buying and selling within the fund)
As per legislation, each unit trust must have its own fund factsheet or minimum disclosure document (MDD) which provides investors with more information about the fund and all the fees associated with it. These can be found and accessed on the buy page for each unit trust under ‘Fund Information’ or on our easywealth website where you can compare different unit trusts.
Performance fee: A performance fee is essentially an additional fee that is linked to the performance of the fund. This means lower fees will apply when performance is poor and higher fees when performance is good. This is done to align the interests of the fund manager and the investor.
All Unit Trusts within the TFSA will not have a performance fee.
EasyEquities has a standard platform fee of 0.25%. For more information on the fees associated with Unit Trusts, please consult the cost profile.
The Collective Investment Schemes Control Act (CISCA) requires that all unit trusts provide a minimum disclosure document (MDD), which many refer to as a factsheet. Among other things, this document details how the unit trust operates, its performance, risk profile and the costs associated with it. You can use factsheets to gain more insights into the unit trusts you are considering investing in.
Listed below you will find they key information to look out for when you open a factsheet (NB: each factsheet may differ).
- Initial Fees: These are once-off fees charged at the inception of the investment. All fees are inclusive of VAT. These fees may or may not be applicable and vary between companies, so it is important to look out for this on the factsheet. (Initial fees are applicable to brokers, with no brokers on our platform, there will be no initial fees).
- Total expense ratio (TER): This is the fee paid to the investment manager of the unit trust and includes the annual service fee Fund’s bank charges Fund’s audit fees Taxes (stamp duty, VAT) Performance fees.
- Transaction Costs (TC): These are necessary expenses that arise from managing and administering a unit trust. (eg: buying and selling of the assets within the underlying portfolio)
- Total investment cost (TIC): The total investment charge (TIC) is the sum of the total expense ratio (TER) and the transaction cost (TC). This is the fee to take note of if you are looking for the full fees associated with a unit trust. So in short, TER+TC = TIC
Performance: The fund performance table shows how the fund has performed relative to its benchmark over different periods. All the figures are expressed as an annual rate.
- Graph performance: The graph reflects the cumulative growth on an investment at the inception of the fund together with the benchmark and a possible performance target. Some funds use R100 as an example and others may use differing amounts from as little as R10.
Unit trusts work on a T+1 basis. What this means for you is, if you choose to invest in a unit trust before the cutoff times on a business day (T), your units will only reflect after 17:00 at the end of the next business day (T + 1)
- 12:30 for Money Market
- 13:30 for non-money market
If you choose to buy a unit trust after the cutoff time, your units will reflect in two business days as “T” becomes the next business day and T+1 becomes the second business day. Units bought on Friday, with the above in mind, will be allocated into your account the following business day (i.e. Monday or Tuesday, depending on if the cutoff was missed or not).
Instead of you having to sift through hundreds of funds, the due diligence has already been done for you as we have offered the best-performing unit trusts within each ASISA category.
We aim to offer the best products for our investors both in price and performance. Please note that submitting your request is not a guarantee that the unit trust will be added to our platform.