How to invest in Philippines’ top UITF

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What is UITF? And how can you start investing?

Do you know that you can actually invest at the banks? No, not just time deposits or high-interest savings accounts. Invest, as in buying stocks of big Philippine corporations.

You can open a UITF or unit investment trust fund. In this article, I am going talk about what UITF is, why it’s good as a source of passive income, and the best UITFs in the Philippines in 2019.

What is a UITF?

It is a pool of money from the public that is invested with the goal of optimizing returns. It is a pooled or managed fund where it gathers funds from investors with similar investment goals and trade securities in a way that increases the value for them. In the Philippines, all UITFs are managed by trust entities with many of them through the banks, and regulated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

A UITF is also considered open-ended. It means anyone can invest and get back their money any time.

How does a UITF earn?

It can invest in stocks and bonds, which are traded by a fund manager on behalf of investors. Stocks are proof of ownership in a business, and they can be acquired through the Philippine Stock Exchange. Bonds on the other hand are debts of our government or companies.

The fund earns through the following:

  • dividend
  • stock price increase
  • interest

Dividends. Trust funds earn through stocks in dividends and price increase. A dividend is a portion of company’s earnings that they give back to their shareholders. Every year, companies like SM and Jollibee report their earnings to the government, and they can either keep all of it to put back to the business or release some of them to shareholders.

Stock price increase. Also, price increase on company shares in the stock market can occur when many investors are attracted to its future business prospects. However, the opposite is true when it has disappointing actual earnings or forecast, and then its price may decrease.

Interest. A bond on the other hand is a proof of indebtedness. The Philippine government and companies issue bonds when they want to borrow money. In return, they pay interest and settle the debt in full upon maturity.

Features of a UITF

Below are some of the general features when investing in the trust fund.

1. Unit of participation

Each time someone invests, the trust company issues units of participation. A unit of participation is proof that the person is invested in the trust fund, and that they are entitled to all of its gains as well as losses. Later on, you will learn how many units will be given to you when you start.

2. Net asset value per unit or NAVPU

This may sound intimidating, but the net asset value per unit or NAVPU is simply the worth of the UITFs. Think of it as the value of the entire trust fund if the bank shuts it down by selling it. The NAVPU is determined by adding all of its assets less all debts, and the result is divided by the number of units.

Trusts and banks inform the public of the NAVPU regularly. Most of them do this on an almost daily basis except weekends and holidays. You may check on them via their website.

Simplified computation of NAVPU.

3. Initial investment

The initial investment is the least amount of money with which you can open a trust fund. Some would allow you to start investing for as low as ₱5,000.

4. Additional investment

You have the choice to add more if you want. Most UITF set a minimum on how much you can reinvest, some as low as ₱1,000. This amount is subject to fees and charges. There is no deadline or rule that you must invest regularly, but it is recommended.

5. Management fee

The management fee is charged to pay for the operation of the fund. It is usually a percentage of the investment. You don’t have to pay this separately like the sales load. It is already taken into account in the computation of the NAVPU.

How to calculate your unit of participation

How do you know how many units will be given to you when you invest? Your money will be converted into units of participation. It is done by looking at the NAVPU as well as the timing of the investment.

For example, when you invested before the cut off time (which varies from company to company), then the NAVPU to be used would be the one declared at the end of the day. When invested is done after the cut-off, then the NAVPU of the next day is going to be used.

There are trust companies though that would use the NAVPU of the day that you put up your money, regardless if it was done before or after the cut-off time.

So let’s say that you put up ₱50,000 and the NAVPU is set at ₱10.00 per unit. The bank will issue 5,000 units. (50,000 ÷ 10 = 5,000 units)

Computation of unit of participation.

How to calculate your return on investment

It’s easy to check your ROI or return on investment. You just need to determine the following:

  • Starting capital
  • Starting NAVPU
  • Total issued units of participation
  • NAVPU during redemption

1. Determine your total number of units

This is easy. Simply, divide your starting capital with the NAVPU that the company declared. So if you have 50K pesos starting capital and the NAVPU is 10 pesos, your total number of units is 5,000. (50,000 ÷ 10 = 5,000)

2. Determine your total investment value

When you redeem, check the NAVPU that the company declares for your redemption. To get the total investment value, just multiply the NAVPU and your number of units. Say that the NAVPU is now at P15. So with 5,000 units, your total investment value is P75,000. (5,000 * 15 = 75,000)

3. Determine gain or loss

Your gain or loss is the difference between your starting capital and total investment value. Since your starting capital was P50,000 and your total investment is now P75,000, your gain is P25,000. (75,000 – 50,000 = 25,000).

4. Now, compute for ROI

Your return on investment (ROI) is simply your gain/loss divided by your starting capital. Since your gain is P25,000 and your starting capital is P50,000

Here’s the summary of the steps.

Computing for UITF return on investment.

Where can you see the returns of all Philippine UITFs?

You can visit UITF PH. It’s a website that holds information on UITFs that are offered in the market and maintained by the Trust Officers Association of the Philippines (TOAP).

What’s nice about it is that it also gives real-time update on the top funds according to categories. Here’s how you can view the NAVPS.

1. Go to https://uitf.com.ph.

2. Click “Top 5 Best Performing Funds” on the right side-bar.

3. Choose the fund classification: equities, balanced, bond or money market. Also, select the currency and date range. Year to date means from the beginning of the current year, year on year means from 365 days ago, and custom is where you can put any date in the past.

Here is a sample search year-to-date result for Equity Funds that are peso-denominated. This is not an endorsement to the funds that you see here, and also take note that the returns would vary and do not guarantee future performance.

Differences between UITF and mutual fund

Before we talk about their differences, it’s good to start with similarities.

A UITF and a mutual fund are both pooled funds. They use the money put up by the public who choose to invest in them. Then they purchase and sell (trade) assets in the form of stocks and bonds, which are collectively called securities, in order to grow the value of the funds.

They’re different in the way they are managed and regulated. Here is a complete guide on managed funds.

FactorsMutual FundUnit-investment Trust Fund
Who offersInvestment companiesBanks
Who sellsSEC-licensed advisorsBank employees
What you buyShares of mutual fundUnits of participation
PricingNet Asset Value Per Share (NAVPS)Net Asset Value Per Unit (NAVPU)
Who regulatesSecurities and Exchange CommissionBangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Which law governs managed fundsRepublic Act 2629 – Investment Company Act of the PhilippinesRepublic Act 8791 – General Banking Law
TaxNon-taxableWithholding tax

Benefits of UITF

There are many advantages when investing in UITFs.

  • There is no front-end fee or sales load unlike mutual funds.
  • One of the benefits is that it’s offered by trust entities and banks, which makes it really easy to open and manage. Here’s a complete list of trust companies offering UITF.
  • You only need a small capital to invest. Some can be started for as low as ₱1,000.
  • The fund is already diversified in the way it acquires securities from various companies and across industries, which lessen risk.
  • When you want to get your money back, the fund is bound to honor it by converting units to cash using NAVPU.
  • By investing, you get to earn passive income.
  • Setting aside savings in an investment allows you to take advantage of expert fund manager who can maximize your investment.
  • It’s convenient to track as banks move toward digitized access. Your online account, such as the one with BPI, makes it possible for you to manage your deposits and investments.

Disadvantages of UITF

What are the risks in investing in UITF?

  • According to UITF PH website, investors would not be charged any taxes when redeeming their investment if it’s already been paid for by the trust company.
  • Returns vary. There might be capital loss especially in equities.
  • Returns are not guaranteed or insured by Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation.
  • Depending on the general market condition, your expectation of gains may not be realized.
  • The fund manager decides which companies or bonds to buy, so you have limited control on the actual assets it holds. However, you have the option of the fund that hold the category of securities that you like.
  • Units of participation are not stocks (like in mutual funds) so they do not give shareholder rights.

Types of UITF

Here’s a summary of the risk and investor profile for each type of fund.

FundAssetRiskInvestor
Index fundsBlue chip stocksHighAggressive
Equities fundsStocksHighAggressive
Balanced funds Stocks and bonds Medium Moderate
Bond fundsBondsLowConservative
Money market fundsFixed incomeLowVery conservative

1. Equities fund

The equities fund is primarily invested in the stocks of companies that are on the Philippine Stock Exchange. It buys or sells stocks of Jollibee, Aboitiz, Globe, and other publicly-listed corporations. There are two types:

  • Passively managed means the fund manager need not select specific stocks to optimize returns. Instead, the fund is created to imitate the composition of the equities index, which is said to capture the average return of the market or specific segments of the market. They are called index funds and in the country, they mimic the composition of the PSEi or Philippine Stocks Exchange index, which is made up of the country’s largest 30 companies.
  • Actively managed means the fund manager is tasked with a specific goal, for example beating the returns of an index. Unlike index funds, the objective can be varied and it can invest in companies that do not belong to PSEi.

2. Bond fund

Bond fund trades bonds which are simply debts. These debts are owed by the government or companies that borrow money. In return, the fund collects interest and redeems the full amount once the debt matures. It is considered relatively safe than stocks.

3. Balanced fund

Balanced fund is a mix of bonds and stocks. These are for moderately aggressive investors who may want to avoid the risks of stocks but also want to get higher return than what can be potentially offered by bonds.

4. Money market fund

Money market fund is involved in trading securities in the money market, the exchange for banks who want to borrow money from other banks. It is also where government’s short-term debts are bought or sold. It is considered safe and liquid

5. What are multi-classes UITF?

There are funds that you’d see below that have multiple classes. What do they mean?

Some institutions would create one fund like a feeder fund for example, but it is designed and offered in a way that would cater to different people. So for example, the same fund may be offered in peso or dollar currencies, which is the case for ATRAM Global Multi-Asset Income Feeder Fund. By making it available in various denominations, companies like ATRAM can make it available to investors of their choice.

Another type of class is based on the profile of investor. Take for example Security Equity Index Feeder Fund. It is available in three variants: Class A, B, and F. Class A is for retail investors like most of us, B for institutional investors like pension fund or investment houses, and F is for high-net worth individuals.

The difference between these three classes are the starting capital. Class A, since it is targeted to retail investors, has lower minimum amount to open an account compared to Class B and Class F. Another difference is the trust fee; Class A has higher trust fees compared to the other two.

Top 10 Philippine UITF

Here is the best performing UITFs in the country for the year 2019. Data is updated until December 29, 2020. Please take note that this table reports past performance, which does not guarantee or predict future returns. For complete list, see the article on top UITFs in 2020 .

Fund nameCurrencyType1 Year Return %
ATRAM Global Consumer Trends Feeder FundPesoEquity72.18%
ATRAM US Equity Opportunity Feeder Fund*DollarEquity41.63%
BDO CHINA EQUITY FEEDER FUNDDollarEquity38.32%
Manulife Dragon Growth Equity Feeder Fund (USD Class A)DollarEquity34.30%
PRUInvest USD Global Technology Equity Feeder Fund (Class I)DollarEquity33.75%
ATRAM Global Technology Feeder Fund*PesoEquity33.62%
PRUInvest USD Global Technology Equity Feeder Fund (Class A)DollarEquity32.79%
BDO EUROPE EQUITY FEEDER FUNDDollarEquity32.33%
Manulife Dragon Growth Equity Feeder Fund (PHP Unhedged Class A)PesoEquity27.43%
Manulife Asia Best Select Equity Fund (USD Class I)DollarEquity25.13%

And here is the summary of the best-performing UITFs across asset types.

  • Best UITF equity index fund: SB US EQUITY INDEX FEEDER FUND Class F (17.78%)
  • Best UITF equity fund: ATRAM Global Consumer Trends Feeder Fund (72.18%)
  • Best UITF balanced fund: ATRAM Global Allocation Feeder Fund (18.94%)
  • Best UITF bond fund: UnionBank PHP Tax Exempt Fixed Income Fund (12.32%)
  • Best money market fund: RIZAL PESO MONEY MARKET (3.78%)

UITF index fund performance in 2020

Below is a table that shows the best performing UITFs that are index funds in 2020 arranged from highest to lowest ROI.

Fund nameCurrency1 year return
SB US EQUITY INDEX FEEDER FUND (Class F)Dollar17.78%
SB US EQUITY INDEX FEEDER FUND (Class B)Dollar17.78%
SB US EQUITY INDEX FEEDER FUND (Class A)Dollar17.55%
BPI US Equity Index Feeder FundDollar15.42%
BDO GLOBAL EQUITY INDEX FEEDER FUNDDollar14.90%
BDO GLOBAL EM EQUITY INDEX FEEDER FUNDDollar13.22%
SB GLOBAL EQUITY INDEX FEEDER FUND (Class F)Dollar12.80%
SB GLOBAL EQUITY INDEX FEEDER FUND (Class A)Dollar12.58%
BPI Invest US Equity Index Feeder Fund Class P (PHP Class)Peso9.54%
BDO JAPAN EQUITY INDEX FEEDER FUNDYen5.83%
BPI Philippine Infrastructure Equity Index FundPeso3.44%
LANDBANK Equity FundPeso-4.47%
ATRAM Philippine Equity Smart Index FundPeso-6.25%
UCPB Philippine Index Equity FundPeso-6.88%
BPI Philippine Consumer Equity Index FundPeso-7.06%
Metro Philippine Equity Index Tracker FundPeso-7.75%
UnionBank PSE Index Tracker FundPeso-7.95%
PNB PHIL-INDEX TRACKER FUND(formerly PNB ENHANCED PHIL-INDEX REFERENCE FUND)Peso-7.97%
BPI Philippine Equity Index FundPeso-8.18%
EastWest PSEI Tracker FundPeso-8.30%
BDO PERA EQUITY INDEX FUNDPeso-8.42%
BDO EQUITY INDEX FUNDPeso-8.47%
SB PHILIPPINE EQUITY INDEX FUNDPeso-8.86%
CTBC Bank – Sun Life Philippine Stock Index Feeder FundPeso-9.05%
BDO DEVELOPED MARKETS PROPERTY INDEX FEEDER FUNDDollar0.00%
EastWest S&P 500 Index Equity Feeder FundDollar0.00%
PRUInvest PH Equity Index Tracker Fund (Class A)Peso0.00%
PRUInvest PH Equity Index Tracker Fund (Class I)Peso0.00%
SB GLOBAL EQUITY INDEX FEEDER FUND (Class B)Dollar0.00%

UITF equities funds performance in 2020

And this second table shows a summary of UITF equities funds and their returns last year.

Fund nameCurrency1 year return
ATRAM US Equity Opportunity Feeder Fund*Dollar41.63%
BDO CHINA EQUITY FEEDER FUNDDollar38.32%
Manulife Dragon Growth Equity Feeder Fund (USD Class A)Dollar34.30%
PRUInvest USD Global Technology Equity Feeder Fund (Class I)Dollar33.75%
ATRAM Global Technology Feeder Fund*Peso33.62%
PRUInvest USD Global Technology Equity Feeder Fund (Class A)Dollar32.79%
BDO EUROPE EQUITY FEEDER FUNDDollar32.33%
Manulife Dragon Growth Equity Feeder Fund (PHP Unhedged Class A)Peso27.43%
Manulife Asia Best Select Equity Fund (USD Class I)Dollar25.13%
SB ASIA PACIFIC EQUITY FEEDER FUND (Class F)Dollar24.85%
SB ASIA PACIFIC EQUITY FEEDER FUND (Class A)Dollar24.42%
Manulife Asia Best Select Equity Fund (USD Class A)Dollar22.97%
Manulife American Growth Equity Feeder Fund (USD Class A)Dollar19.17%
BPI Global Equity Fund-of-FundsDollar17.59%
Manulife Asia Best Select Equity Fund (PHP Unhedged Class A)Peso16.74%
ATRAM Emerging Markets Equity Opportunity Feeder Fund*Dollar15.09%
Manulife American Growth Equity Feeder Fund (Php Unhedged Class A)Peso13.19%
BPI European Equity Feeder FundDollar9.32%
ATRAM Global Equity Opportunity Feeder Fund*Dollar9.20%
BPI Catholic Values Global Equity Feeder FundPeso8.63%
BDO US EQUITY FEEDER FUNDDollar6.77%
PRUInvest USD Global Market Balanced Fund of Funds (Class I)Dollar6.03%
BDO GLOBAL EQUITY SELECT FEEDER FUNDDollar4.73%
ATRAM Global Financials Feeder Fund*Peso2.56%
Odyssey Asia Pacific High Dividend Equity FundDollar1.97%
ATRAM European Equity Opportunity Feeder Fund*Dollar-1.03%
PNB HIGH DIVIDEND FUNDPeso-1.67%
ATRAM Global Dividend Feeder Fund*Peso-2.22%
ATRAM Asia Equity Opportunity Feeder Fund*Peso-5.40%
Manulife Asia Pacific REIT Fund of Funds (USD Class I)Dollar-5.69%
SB ASIA PACIFIC EQUITY FEEDER FUND (Class B)Dollar-5.96%
UnionBank PHP Equity FundPeso-6.01%
UCPB Equity Fund (Formerly United Equity Fund)Peso-6.27%
Odyssey High Conviction Equity FundPeso-6.36%
CHINA BANK HIGH DIVIDEND EQUITY FUNDPeso-6.40%
CHINA BANK EQUITY FUNDPeso-6.93%
BPI Philippine High Dividend Equity FundPeso-7.04%
Manulife Asia Pacific REIT Fund of Funds (USD Class A)Dollar-7.17%
Metro High Dividend Yield FundPeso-7.25%
RIZAL EQUITY FUNDPeso-8.24%
BDO ESG EQUITY FUNDPeso-8.26%
VALUE EQUITY FUNDPeso-8.26%
Equity Investment Trust FundPeso-8.27%
PNB EQUITY FUND (formerly AUP EQUITIES FUND)Peso-8.32%
BPI Equity Value FundPeso-8.41%
EastWest PhilEquity Feeder FundPeso-9.05%
Metro Aspire Equity Feeder FundPeso-9.11%
RCBC R25 BLUE-CHIP EQUITY FUNDPeso-9.21%
RCBC R25 DIVIDEND EQUITY FUNDPeso-9.47%
Manulife Equity Wealth Fund (Class I)Peso-9.59%
Sterling Bank Philequity Feeder FundPeso-9.62%
AB CAPITAL EQUITY FUNDPeso-9.71%
Odyssey Philippine Equity FundPeso-9.80%
BDO SUSTAINABLE DIVIDEND FUNDPeso-9.92%
Metro Equity FundPeso-10.24%
Manulife Asia Pacific REIT Fund of Funds (PHP Unhedged Class I)Peso-10.57%
BDO INSTITUTIONAL EQUITY FUNDPeso-11.00%
BDO EQUITY FUNDPeso-11.21%
Manulife Equity Wealth Fund (Class A)Peso-11.36%
Manulife Asia Pacific REIT Fund of Funds (PHP Unhedged Class A)Peso-11.90%
UCPB High Dividend FundPeso-11.91%
BDO FOCUSED EQUITY FUNDPeso-12.10%
SB HIGH DIVIDEND PESO EQUITY FUNDPeso-12.58%
SB PESO EQUITY FUNDPeso-13.49%
DIVERSITY DIVIDEND FOCUSED FUNDPeso-16.48%
ATRAM Global Consumer Trends Feeder Fund (PHP Unit Class)*Peso0.00%
EastWest PhilEquity Institutional Feeder FundPeso0.00%
Metro$ Eurozone Equity Feeder FundDollar0.00%
Metro$ Japan Equity Feeder FundDollar0.00%
Metro$ US Equity Feeder FundDollar0.00%
Metro$ US Investment Grade Corporate Bond Feeder FundDollar0.00%
Metro$ World Equity Feeder FundDollar0.00%
Metrobank PERA Equity FundPeso0.00%
PRUInvest Dynamic Equity Fund (Class A)Peso0.00%
PRUInvest Dynamic Equity Fund (Class I)Peso0.00%
PRUInvest USD Global Market Balanced Fund of Funds (Class A)Dollar0.00%

UITF balanced funds performance in 2020

See the performance of UITF balanced funds.

Fund nameCurrency1 year return
ATRAM Global Allocation Feeder Fund*Dollar18.94%
ATRAM US Multi-Asset Income Feeder Fund (PHP Unit Class)*Peso8.92%
RBank Tax-Exempt Retirement Fund (A Balanced UITF)Peso6.34%
Sterling Balanced FundPeso5.69%
UnionBank PHP Balanced FundPeso5.55%
Odyssey Diversified Capital FundPeso5.29%
BPI Bayanihan Balanced FundPeso4.66%
CTBC Bank – ATRAM Philippine Balanced Feeder FundPeso3.87%
Odyssey Diversified Balanced FundPeso2.77%
RIZAL BALANCED FUNDPeso1.60%
SB PESO ASSET VARIETY FUNDPeso1.25%
UCPB Balanced Fund (Formerly United Balanced Fund)Peso0.36%
Manulife Global Preferred Income Feeder Fund (USD Class A)Dollar0.34%
LANDBANK Growth FundPeso-1.07%
Metro Balanced FundPeso-1.22%
AB CAPITAL BALANCED FUNDPeso-1.51%
Metro Aspire Balanced Feeder FundPeso-1.82%
BEST BALANCED FUNDPeso-2.11%
BDO PESO BALANCED FUNDPeso-2.14%
PNB BALANCED FUND (formerly PNB PRESTIGE BALANCED FUND)Peso-2.52%
Manulife Global Preferred Income Feeder Fund (PHP Unhedged Class I)Peso-3.26%
RBank Balanced FundPeso-3.31%
BPI Balanced FundPeso-3.49%
CHINA BANK BALANCED FUNDPeso-4.01%
Manulife Global Preferred Income Feeder Fund (PHP Unhedged Class A)Peso-4.77%
ATRAM Global Multi-Asset Income Feeder Fund (PHP Unit Class)*Peso-6.77%
BPI US Dollar Income Feeder FundDollar-8.46%
ATRAM Global Multi-Asset Income Feeder Fund (USD Unit Class)*Dollar0.00%
Manulife Global Preferred Income Feeder Fund (USD Class I)Dollar0.00%
UnionBank PHP Capital Accumulation  Global Fund of FundsPeso0.00%
UnionBank USD Capital Accumulation  Global Fund of FundsDollar0.00%

UITF bond funds performance in 2020

See the table below on UITF bond funds performance.

Fund nameCurrency1 year return
UnionBank PHP Tax Exempt Fixed Income FundPeso12.32%
SB PESO BOND FUNDPeso11.58%
UnionBank PHP Intermediate Term Fixed Income FundPeso10.84%
RIZAL PESO BOND FUNDPeso10.72%
ABF Philippines Bond Index FundPeso10.59%
EastWest Peso Long Term Bond FundPeso10.14%
Odyssey Peso Bond FundPeso9.73%
ATRAM Total Return Peso Bond FundPeso9.72%
BPI Fixed Income Portfolio Fund-of-FundsPeso9.54%
CHINA BANK FIXED INCOME FUND (formerly CBC GS FUND)Peso9.28%
Manulife Asia Dynamic Bond Feeder Fund (USD Class A)Dollar7.46%
Metro$ Asian Investment Grade Bond FundDollar7.32%
Philippine Dollar Bond Index FundDollar7.00%
Manulife Income Builder Fund (Class I)Peso6.91%
SB DOLLAR BOND FUNDDollar6.81%
BDO MERIT FUND MEDIUM TERM PORTFOLIOPeso6.62%
BDO PESO BOND FUNDPeso6.31%
Metro Max-5 Bond FundPeso6.20%
Manulife Stable Income Fund (Class I)Peso6.15%
BDO PERA BOND INDEX FUNDPeso6.09%
Metro Corporate Bond FundPeso6.03%
UCPB Peso Bond Fund (Formerly United Conservative Fund)Peso6.01%
Odyssey Philippine Dollar Bond FundDollar5.96%
Metro$ Max-5 Bond FundDollar5.91%
Metro Aspire Bond Feeder FundPeso5.86%
CHINA BANK DOLLAR FUNDDollar5.67%
Odyssey Peso Medium Term Bond FundPeso5.53%
DIVERSITY DOLLAR BOND FUNDDollar5.39%
Manulife Income Builder Fund (Class A)Peso5.33%
Peso Investment Trust FundPeso5.30%
BDO MERIT INTERMEDIATE TERM FUND PORTFOLIOPeso5.21%
BDO MEDIUM TERM DOLLAR BOND FUNDDollar5.15%
Metro Max-3 Bond FundPeso5.13%
UCPB US$ Bond FundDollar5.07%
DIVERSITY PESO BOND FUNDPeso4.97%
CHINA BANK INTERMEDIATE FIXED-INCOME FUNDPeso4.92%
EastWest Peso Intermediate Term Bond FundPeso4.89%
BPI Global Bond Fund-of-FundsDollar4.89%
Metro$ Max-3 Bond FundDollar4.87%
Manulife Stable Income Fund (Class A)Peso4.85%
UnionBank High Net Worth Intermediate-Term Peso Fixed Income PortfolioPeso4.77%
RIZAL DOLLAR BOND FUNDDollar4.77%
LANDBANK Bond FundPeso4.75%
Gold Dollar FundDollar4.57%
UnionBank USD Fixed Income FundDollar4.45%
BPI Premium Bond FundPeso4.07%
EastWest Dollar Intermediate Term Bond FundDollar3.99%
Maybank Tiger Peso Bond Feeder FundPeso3.54%
Diamond FundPeso3.45%
PNB PESO INTERMEDIATE TERM BOND FUNDPeso3.41%
PRUInvest USD High Yield Asian Bond Feeder Fund (Class I)Dollar3.08%
PRUInvest USD High Yield Asian Bond Feeder Fund (Class A)Dollar2.45%
LANDBANK Global $ FundDollar2.28%
Manulife Asia Dynamic Bond Feeder Fund (PHP Unhedged Class A)Peso2.10%
PNB PROFIT DOLLAR INTERMEDIATE TERM BOND FUNDDollar1.78%
Metro Unit Paying FundPeso1.07%
Maybank Tiger Dollar Bond Feeder FundDollar1.00%
ATRAM Global Bond Income Feeder Fund*Peso-2.47%
ATRAM Emerging Markets Bond Feeder Fund*Dollar-5.10%
ATRAM Global Total Return Bond Feeder Fund*Dollar-11.38%
Metrobank PERA Bond FundPeso0.00%
Odyssey Tax-Exempt Peso Fixed Income FundPeso0.00%
PRUInvest USD Intermediate Term Bond Fund (Class A)Dollar0.00%
PRUInvest USD Intermediate Term Bond Fund (Class I)Dollar0.00%
UnionBank High Net Worth Medium-Term Peso Fixed Income PortfolioPeso0.00%

UITF money market funds performance in 2020

See the table below on UITF money market funds.

Fund nameCurrency1 year return
RIZAL PESO MONEY MARKETPeso3.78%
UnionBank PHP Short Term Fixed Income FundPeso3.34%
CHINA BANK SHORT-TERM FUNDPeso3.32%
Peso Money Market FundPeso3.25%
East West Peso Short Term FundPeso2.96%
UnionBank USD Short Term Fixed Income FundDollar2.87%
PRUInvest PHP Liquid FundPeso2.84%
BDO SHORT TERM FUNDPeso2.75%
BPI Money Market FundPeso2.68%
SB PESO MONEY MARKET FUNDPeso2.61%
BDO PERA SHORT TERM FUNDPeso2.58%
PNB PESO FIXED INCOME FUNDPeso2.52%
LANDBANK Money Market Plus FundPeso2.35%
Maybank Tiger Peso Money Market Feeder FundPeso2.28%
CTBC Money Market FundPeso2.22%
RBank Peso Money Market FundPeso1.99%
Metro Short Term FundPeso1.90%
PSBANK MONEY MARKET FUNDPeso1.88%
DIVERSITY MONEY MARKET FUNDPeso1.88%
CHINA BANK MONEY MARKET FUNDPeso1.73%
BDO INSTITUTIONAL CASH RESERVE FUNDPeso1.69%
UCPB Cash Management Fund (Formerly United Cash Management Fund)Peso1.68%
BDO PESO MONEY MARKET FUNDPeso1.63%
SIGNATURE TRUST FUNDPeso1.59%
RCBC PESO SHORT TERM FUNDPeso1.56%
RIZAL DOLLAR MONEY MARKETDollar1.46%
CHINA BANK CASH FUND (formerly CBC INSTITUTIONAL MMF)Peso1.44%
BPI Short Term FundPeso1.40%
RIZAL PESO CASH MANAGEMENT FUNDPeso1.38%
PNB INSTITUTIONAL MONEY MARKET FUNDPeso1.31%
BPI U.S. Dollar Short Term FundDollar1.27%
AB CAPITAL SHORT-TERM FUNDPeso1.24%
Metro$ Short Term FundDollar1.23%
LANDBANK Money Market FundPeso1.14%
Metro Money Market FundPeso1.12%
CLASS I – UNLAD PANIMULA MM FUNDPeso1.08%
PRUInvest USD Liquid Fund (Class I)Dollar1.07%
PNB PRIME PESO MONEY MARKET FUNDPeso1.00%
UNLAD KAWANI MONEY MARKET FUNDPeso0.97%
CLASS II – UNLAD PANIMULA MM FUNDPeso0.96%
EastWest Peso Money Market FundPeso0.94%
ATRAM Peso Money Market FundPeso0.93%
CLASS III – UNLAD PANIMULA MM FUNDPeso0.89%
PRUInvest USD Liquid Fund (Class A)Dollar0.84%
Sterling Money Market FundPeso0.70%
BDO DOLLAR MONEY MARKET FUNDDollar0.61%
UCPB US$ Money Market Fund (Formerly United US$ Money Market Fund)Dollar0.60%
CHINA BANK DOLLAR MONEY MARKET FUNDDollar0.58%
Metro$ Money Market FundDollar0.53%
PNB PRIME DOLLAR MONEY MARKET FUNDDollar0.50%
Metrobank PERA Money Market FundPeso0.00%

Qualities of the right UITF for you

There is no one fund that’s suits everyone. That’s because the most appropriate one for you depends on your situation. Here are tips in getting the best UITF.

  • Look for a reputable trust entity.
  • Research on the level of support they give to their clients. A good customer care goes a long way.
  • Check the rates above. Recent performance can be a factor when you are making a decision to invest.
  • Remember that past returns do not guarantee future performance. So it’s still pays to research and make comparisons on funds, companies, etc.
  • Inquire too on how they update clients on their accounts. Is there an online access? Will an sms, email or mail be sent periodically?
  • What is your goal with your investment? Are you saving up for something? Having a purpose helps in determining where to invest. It also prevents you from prematurely closing it.
  • How is your financial health? Do you have money for emergency situations?
  • How likely are you to need the money that you’ve put into the fund?
  • Understand your approach to risk. Are you someone who’s willing to go for more or less risk?

How to invest in UITF

Getting started with UITF is actually easy. It’s like opening an ordinary bank account.

  • Choose the trust entity. More than anything else, go for a reputable company with established history, reasonable fees, and good customer service.
  • Location is crucial. You may research online on banks or trust entities that offer them and see if they have a branch near you.
  • Talk to company reps. Drop by a visit, ask questions, and get to know about the products as much as you can.
  • Prepare the required files. Usually, you will be requested to submit a valid identification card, proof of billing, and the minimum initial investment.
  • Open the account. You will be asked to fill out forms that would establish your source of income, your risk profile, and other data. Usually, it takes a couple of days for the process, such as issuing units, to be completed.
  • Get details on the company’s contact details just in case you might want to get in touch with them in the future.

Optimize your UITF

Once your investment starts rolling, then it’s time to make the most out of your trust fund.

  • Start immediately. Don’t spend too much time sitting on the fence. It’s better to have something set aside for savings than none at all.
  • Start small. Never think that just because you can only put up the required minimum amount, it’s not worth it.
  • Are you investing for your child’s future? An “in-trust-for” or ITF would be a good arrangement. It transfers the account to your kids once they reach the age of 18 years old.
  • Reinvest consistently or whenever you can. Adding more each month is a good idea too. In fact, some banks allow auto-debit, so you can enroll a payroll account which gets deducted monthly and automatically goes to your investment.
  • Track the the fund periodically. This is where updates from the trust comes in as they can help you keep tabs on what’s going on.
  • Continue learning. There might be a new fund with a goal that suits you.

Frequently asked questions about UITF

Below are some of the common questions on the details about investing in trust funds.

1. Can I invest in more than one fund?

Yes, you can. Different funds can be used for different goals in your life. To make it more convenient for you, it would be better to go with a Philippine trust company that offers several funds. In this way, you can open multiple accounts and manage them relatively more easily.

2. Does my UITF mature?

No. Trust funds do not mature. They are open-ended. It is really up to you when to start and when to end your investments. There is no schedule when you can purchase or redeem units of participation.

3. How do I know the where the fund is invested?

You should be given information by the trust company on the goal of the fund as well as the securities it holds. Usually, these securities are bought or sold, so they may change from time to time. Different trust companies have different ways to disseminate information on their portfolio, but do try to check their website.

4. How is unit of participation different from shares?

UITFs units of participation simply means that you are part of the fund. It represents your proportionate interest in its total value and you do not have claim to its assets. Shares, in the case of mutual fund, mean that you are part-owner of the company and entitled to the rights of a shareholder such as voting, attending annual shareholder’s meeting, etc.

5. At what price can the units be purchased?

The price of the units depend on the NAVPU, the net asset value per unit. It is determined by getting the worth of the total fund divided by the units that were issued to all participants.

6. When is UITF NAVPU calculated?

NAVPU or net asset value per unit of the UITF is calculated at the end of the trading day, which is daily except holidays and weekends. So when you open an account, the the number of units to be issued to you would be the NAVPU that the company declares either on the day you invested or the next trading. Check with the company as they have different rules on which NAVPU to use.

7. Are all UITF the same?

No, they’re not. They differ based on various factors. Each fund has its own goal, portfolio mix, fees, settlement period, and terms on transactions such as opening an investment, re-investing, or redeeming units.

8. How do I redeem units?

Go to your trust company or bank. Request that you want to get your money back. There’s usually a bit of a turnaround time, so be ready to wait for a while. Your money may be deposited straight to your account, in cash, or in check.

9. How much do I get when the investment is redeemed?

Simply multiply the number of units and the NAVPU of the fund which is computed and published at the end of the day. So, say that you have 2,000 units and NAVPU of ₱10. The total is going to be ₱20,000.

10. How do I compute my UITF earnings?

Multiply the number of units and the difference between NAVPU when you started the investment and NAVPU on redemption. So, that’s (Redeemed NAVPU – Opened NAVPU) x Opened NAVPU.

11. Are UITF guaranteed?

No, they’re not. They are not deposit accounts. Earnings are not guaranteed. Past data does not guarantee future returns.

12. Are UITF insured?

No. They’re not deposit accounts. Your investment is not insured with the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation.

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