In the past, we have religiously tracked the quarterly performance of mutual fund companies in the Philippines. We write about the year-to-date returns of these mutual funds at the end of each quarter and we summarize their performance in our annual year-end mutual fund performance summary.
But with a growing number of Filipinos starting to venture into mutual fund investing, the more necessary it becomes to have regular and more frequent mutual fund updates. Thus, starting this month, we will be posting the returns generated by each Philippine mutual fund at the end of every month.
First, a backgrounder on mutual funds for those who may still not be in the know.
Mutual Funds are registered investment companies that collect and pool money from the public that are invested in various investment assets. These assets may be stocks or equities, bonds, loans, time deposits, special deposit accounts, and other money market securities.
In the Philippine, there are currently four (4) categories of mutual funds: Equity Funds that invest primarily in stocks; Bond Funds which invest primarily in corporate- and government-issued bond securities; Balanced Funds which invest in both stocks and bonds; and Money Market Funds which primarily invest in assets with maturities of one year or less.
If you want to learn more about mutual funds, here are some readings that can guide you:
- Introduction to Mutual Fund Investing
- Comparing Mutual Funds vs. Unit Investment Trust Funds (UITF)
- List of Mutual Fund Companies in the Philippines
- How to Invest in Mutual Funds
- How to Compute your Earnings in Mutual Funds
To monitor the monthly, quarterly and annual returns of your mutual fund, head over to our posts on Performance of Mutual Funds in the Philippines.
For the month of January 2013, here is the year-to-date returns of all mutual fund companies in the country.
PHILIPPINE MUTUAL FUNDS PERFORMANCE
Year-to-Date Returns, as of January 2013
(From January 2, 2013 until January 31, 2013)
|PESO STOCK FUNDS||Jan. 2013 Return||2012 Return||3-Year Return||5-Year Return|
|1||Sun Life Prosperity Philippine Equity Fund||8.53%||32.02%||29.85%||15.13%|
|2||Philam Strategic Growth Fund||8.28%||29.30%||31.71%||17.31%|
|3||ATRKE Alpha Opportunity Fund||7.89%||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|5||Philippine Stock Index Fund||7.33%||34.33%||28.81%||13.89%|
|6||Philequity PSE Index Fund||6.66%||29.61%||29.57%||16.00%|
|7||First Metro Save and Learn Equity Fund||5.90%||26.97%||36.44%||22.91%|
|8||ATRKE Equity Opportunity Fund||5.25%||27.71%||27.38%||13.07%|
|DOLLAR STOCK FUNDS||Jan. 2013 Return||2012 Return||3-Year Return||5-Year Return|
|1||ATR KimEng AsiaPlus Recovery Fund, Inc.||4.15%||8.26%||N/A||N/A|
|PESO BALANCED FUNDS||Jan. 2013 Return||2012 Return||3-Year Return||5-Year Return|
|1||GSIS Mutual Fund||7.61%||23.74%||26.51%||14.94%|
|3||NCM Mutual Fund of the Phils.||7.18%||21.62%||N/A||N/A|
|4||Sun Life of Canada Prosperity Balanced Fund||6.80%||24.56%||23.27%||12.04%|
|5||First Metro Save and Learn Balanced Fund||5.26%||24.82%||34.04%||24.82%|
|6||Optima Balanced Fund||4.97%||24.22%||21.91%||11.85%|
|7||ATRKE Philippine Balanced Fund||4.34%||22.80%||21.50%||10.62%|
|8||Bahay Pari Solidaritas Fund||3.16%||25.73%||20.33%||N/A|
|9||ALFM Growth Fund, Inc||4.79%||19.10%||25.56%||N/A|
|DOLLAR BALANCED FUNDS||Jan. 2013 Return||2012 Return||3-Year Return||5-Year Return|
|1||PAMI Asia Balanced Fund||2.36%||11.68%||N/A||N/A|
|2||Sun Life Prosperity Dollar Advantage Fund||1.67%||8.64%||4.91%||2.79%|
|3||Cocolife Dollar Fund Builder||0.00%||9.65%||N/A||N/A|
|PESO BOND FUNDS||Jan. 2013 Return||2012 Return||3-Year Return||5-Year Return|
|1||Philequity Peso Bond Fund||4.78%||8.03%||9.94%||7.57%|
|2||Grepalife Bond Fund Corporation||3.41%||10.77%||8.22%||N/A|
|3||Philam Bond Fund||3.13%||8.69%||9.37%||6.92%|
|4||Sun Life Prosperity GS Fund||2.85%||5.86%||8.60%||6.72%|
|5||Sun Life of Canada Prosperity Bond Fund||2.44%||5.62%||8.12%||6.24%|
|6||Ekklesia Mutual Fund||2.31%||6.69%||8.66%||6.36%|
|7||Prudentialife Fixed Income Fund||2.29%||7.83%||5.97%||3.43%|
|8||First Metro Save and Learn Fixed Income Fund||1.86%||11.31%||12.56%||8.56%|
|9||ALFM Peso Bond Fund||1.42%||5.81%||7.63%||6.20%|
|10||Cocolife Fixed Income Fund||0.60%||7.61%||9.06%||8.63%|
|FOREIGN CURRENCY BOND FUNDS||Jan. 2013 Return||2012 Return||3-Year Return||5-Year Return|
|1||Grepalife Fixed Income Fund||3.57%||5.43%||7.75%||6.03%|
|2||ALFM Euro Bond Fund||-0.24%||8.76%||4.41%||3.98%|
|3||ALFM Dollar Bond Fund||-0.67%||9.65%||6.47%||5.16%|
|4||MAA Privilege Euro Fixed Income Fund||-0.87%||4.08%||N/A||N/A|
|5||ATR KimEng Total Return Bond Fund||-0.94%||4.38%||N/A||N/A|
|6||Philequity Dollar Income Fund||-0.96%||11.86%||7.87%||7.23%|
|7||Grepalife Dollar Bond Fund||-1.04%||16.95%||7.97%||7.48%|
|8||PAMI Global Bond Fund||-1.10%||1.90%||1.72%||2.25%|
|9||Sun Life Prosperity Dollar Abundance Fund||-2.49%||10.46%||7.47%||5.97%|
|10||Philam Dollar Bond Fund||-2.98%||11.40%||7.23%||5.93%|
|11||MAA Privilege Dollar Fixed Income Fund||-3.20%||8.70%||2.32%||2.32%|
|PESO MONEY MARKET FUNDS||Jan. 2013 Return||2012 Return||3-Year Return||5-Year Return|
|1||ALFM Money Market Fund||0.25%||3.00%||3.44%||N/A|
|2||Philam Managed Income Fund||0.21%||2.51%||1.87%||1.78%|
|3||First Metro Save and Learn Money Market Fund||0.18%||2.18%||1.84%||N/A|
|4||Sun Life Prosperity Money Market Fund||0.03%||0.35%||0.48%||0.97%|
* Figures with a minus sign (-) denote a loss. All data are from the Philippine Investment Funds Association.
Disclaimer: Although a fund’s rate of return is a typical measure of performance, other factors such as consistency of return and exposure to risks must also be considered. Note that past performance of a fund is not and cannot be a guarantee of future returns. PinoyMoneyTalk.com does not endorse any of the funds listed above. Use prudence and due diligence before making the decision to invest.
Here are some more relevant Mutual Fund resources:
- 2012 Philippine Mutual Funds Performance Report
- Guide and Tutorial on Mutual Fund Investing
- PMT Discussion Forum on Mutual Funds