CMA - Capital Markets Authority of Uganda

04/25/2024 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/25/2024 07:12

The Power of Collective Investment Schemes (CIS)

In the dynamic world of investments, there's a concept that highlights the strength of pooling resources and having a professional manager invest - Collective Investment Schemes (CIS).

Just like a team effort can lead to remarkable achievements, pooling resources with others through CIS can open doors to numerous benefits, and the Capital Markets Authority of Uganda plays a crucial role in ensuring the integrity and effectiveness of these schemes.

What are Collective Investment Schemes?
CIS are investment avenues that allow multiple investors to pool their funds, creating a collective pool of assets managed by experts. This pool is then invested in a diversified portfolio that includes various asset classes, such as stocks, bonds, and real estate, aiming to optimize returns while managing risks.

Key Benefits of CIS

Diversification: Diversity isn't just a buzzword when it comes to investing - it's a strategy that can enhance returns and minimizes risks. CIS spread risks across various investments, reducing the impact of poor performance of any single asset on the entire portfolio.

Scale: CIS leverages the combined resources of many investors, giving access to a variety of asset classes.
Professional Management: Expert fund managers oversee the CIS portfolio, making informed decisions to optimize returns as per legal documents constituting a CIS.
Accessibility: CIS opens doors for smaller investors to enter the market and access professionally managed portfolios. With as little as UGX100,000, one can invest in a CIS.
Liquidity: With CIS, there's ease of investing and withdrawal. One can easily have access to their funds in a short period of under 48 hours. There are also periodic statements provided to help individuals track their investments.

Accrued Interest: Interest will accrue daily on prevailing balances which will ensure the continuous growth on an individual's investments.

The Role of the Capital Markets Authority of Uganda
In Uganda, the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) plays a pivotal role in regulating and overseeing Collective Investment Schemes.

CMA's mission is to foster a transparent, accessible and effective capital market in Uganda.

CMA executes it's legal mandate with the following objectives:

  1. Promoting confidence in the capital markets
  2. Ensuring honesty and transparency in capital markets transactions
  3. Carrying out investor education
  4. Protecting investors; and
  5. Reducing systemic risk

Collective Investment Schemes provide an avenue for Ugandans to save and earn a return. The Capital Markets Authority of Uganda plays a vital role in ensuring that CIS providers adhere to regulations, fostering an environment where investors can confidently participate in these schemes.

As you explore the world of investing, consider saving and investing through Collective Investment Schemes to achieve your financial goals.