Aim of this survey

Unit Trusts: Quarterly Return of Transactions collects information about the investment in, and holdings of, various financial products at the end of the quarter.

The data are supplied to national accounts customers for use in the financial and sector accounts and the compilation of UK gross domestic product (GDP) estimates within the UK National Accounts and the UK Balance of Payments. There are numerous other users within and outside government who use the data to produce various financial analyses and to inform policy decisions.

What you need to know

To complete the survey, you will need the following information:

  • the reporting period, your short-term assets, your longer-term investments, your transactions, your liabilities, comments to explain significant movement and contact details

  • a full list of all funds within the trusts, open ended investment companies (OEICs) or investment companies with variable capital (ICVCs) included in the questionnaire

All information you provide is strictly confidential.

Survey information

Selection criteria: UK unit trust fund managers (authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA))
Population: approximately 112
Sample: approximately 90
Frequency: quarterly

Dispatch dates

Quarter 1: 25 March
Quarter 2: 24 June
Quarter 3: 24 September
Quarter 4: 16 December

Return-by dates

Quarter 1: 16 April
Quarter 2: 16 July
Quarter 3: 15 October
Quarter 4: 15 January

Dispatch and return-by dates are a guide. They are subject to change due to national holidays and weekends.

Why you were selected

Your trust has been selected from a list of UK registered authorised unit trusts. The Unit Trusts: Quarterly Return of Transactions is conducted under the provisions of the Statistics of Trade Act 1947. Once selected, your trust is legally obliged to comply. You cannot appeal your selection.

Why you have received this survey

We survey trusts of all sizes to ensure our statistics are representative of the UK economy. We select large unit trusts (with fund values above £500 million) for this survey because their information is so significant.

We select some small and medium trusts, usually for a set period, then replace them with other trusts from their industry.

How to complete this survey

Please complete and return the questionnaire following the guidelines on the front page.

Reminders are issued automatically, so you may receive one if you submit data just before or after the return date.

This survey is not available to complete online. We are currently developing a secure online collection platform. You will receive a letter when you can complete the Unit Trusts: Quarterly Return of Transactions on our new platform. We appreciate your patience.

If you need help

If your question is not answered on this page, you may be able to find the answer in the About Office for National Statistics (ONS) business surveys section.

You can call us on 01633 456972. Please quote the three-digit survey ID: 118

From outside the UK: +44 1633 456972.

Er mwyn gwneud cais am ffurflen Gymraeg (to speak to someone in Welsh): 0300 1234 921.

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