This discipline in investing at regular intervals removes the need to time the market (good for newbies and those who don’t have time to monitor the market) as well as removes the emotions in executing every trade (greed during market runs or fear to invest when market goes south).
If ever you go for a UITF, just choose stocks-related funds assuming these meet your risk appetite. Banks will ask you to answer a questionnaire to determine your risk appetite and investment horizon. Initial investment can be as low as PHP10K and incremental investments as low as PHP1K.
If the actual stock market is green, then there is a big chance that the equity-based UITF prices to be published by end of day (~5pm to 7pm) is also green. If the stock market is down today, then equity-based UITF will likely be down as well. As such, if you buy before cut-off (in this case by 2:30pm), then you’ll be able to buy at end of day prices. Same with selling.
Fully or partially pre-term your loans. I know this sounds so killjoy but hey, delay of gratification is always gratifying. And think about this. Imagine the interest savings you can get by pre-terminating your loans. Or the freed up money that used to be spent on amortizations.
The investment portion, is not guaranteed, it may have gains or it may incur losses, and it is withdrawable by the policy owner. Every month of savings, the portion that goes to investments is used to buy units in the funds chosen by the client.
the timing effect in the investment is minimized since purchases are spread out. Supposedly, the time you buy (whether at a high or low) is no longer relevant since your average purchase price will tend to be lower than future values.
So which do you prefer? Lend to a company for a single-digit but almost sure return? Or risk some more and ride the lows and highs of company performance by owning a portion of it, for a chance to have double-digit gains?