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What started as a jubilant mood in Philippine capital markets at the start of 2013 turned into feelings of disappointment, fear and confusion by the end of the first half of the year.

During the early months of 2013, a lot of investors rejoiced over news of credit rating upgrades (Fitch Ratings upgrade and S&P credit rating upgrade) and all-time highs in Philippine stocks, but it appears very few were prepared when the market reversed its performance in the months of May and June.

When the second half of 2013 kicked in, the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) has already lost more than 1,000 points from its peak in May, and investment funds, including Unit Investment Trust Funds, were booking losses.

Of course, all these are part of regular market cycles of boom and bust. Moving forward, no one can accurately predict whether the market would go back to its euphoric highs or if it would indefinitely settle in its current level. This exactly is the challenge of investing. Investing comes with the exciting experience of riding both bearish and bullish periods and, as history has shown, only the resilient, the prepared, and the unfazed usually emerge as winners.

Are you one of them?

What are UITFs?

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There are a variety of investment options for Filipino investors. Among them are stocks, bonds, gold and other precious metals, forex, and pooled managed funds such as Mutual Funds and Unit Investment Trust Funds.

UITF are investment products offered by banks wherein funds collected from various investors are pooled together to be placed in income-generating assets such as stocks, bonds, or money market instruments. They are similar to mutual funds in a lot of respect, although the two slightly differ in terms of management and regulatory policies (see Difference between UITF and Mutual Funds).

UITF Investing Guide

For additional readings about UITFs, go through the following articles:

Here is a summary of the year-to-date performance of each UITF during the first half of 2013. We are also displaying the comparative 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year returns to assist investors in evaluating the consistency of returns generated by each fund.

PERFORMANCE REPORT OF UNIT INVESTMENT TRUST FUNDS
January-June 2013, 1-Year, 3-Year, and 5-Year Returns

June 2013 - Equity UITF Performance

Peso Equity UITFs Fund Name June 2013 YTD Return 1-Year Return 3-Year Return 5-Year Return
Banco de Oro BDO Peso Equity Fund (EPCIB Equity Fund) 13.58% 22.97% 26.01% 22.89%
Banco de Oro BDO Institutional Equity Fund 13.43% 23.48% 26.16% 23.45%
Security Bank Corporation SB Peso Equity Fund 11.63% 21.51% 24.42% N.A.
Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company Metro Equity Fund 10.61% 23.62% 23.31% 22.29%
United Coconut Planters Bank United Equity Fund 10.09% 17.67% 30.11% 29.48%
Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation RCBC Rizal Equity Fund (Tiger Equity Fund) 8.91% 17.65% 19.50% 18.76%
Bank of the Philippine Islands BPI Equity Value Fund 8.51% 15.85% 18.53% 14.86%
Unionbank of the Philippines Large Capitalization Philippine Equity Portfolio 7.93% 25.66% 33.46% 34.84%
AB Capital and Investment Corp. AB Capital Equity Fund 7.45% 28.77% 26.87% 23.86%
Philippine National Bank Enhanced PSEi Reference Fund 7.38% 20.43% 7.54% 10.93%
Asia United Bank-TIG AUB Equity Investment Fund 5.65% 17.79% N.A. 18.47%
Philippine National Bank High Dividend Fund 4.69% 18.18% N.A. N.A.
Allied Banking Corporation Allied Unit Performance Equities Fund -6.25% 7.65% 12.41% 8.98%
Bank of the Philippine Islands Odyssey Philippine Equity Fund -9.36% -9.96% 15.89% 15.16%
Bank of the Philippine Islands Odyssey Philippine High Conviction Equity Fund -25.22% -30.07% 12.03% 15.19%
Philippine Bank of Communications Value Equity Fund N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.

June 2013 - Balanced UITF Performance

Peso Balanced UITFs Fund Name June 2013 YTD Return 1-Year Return 3-Year Return 5-Year Return
United Coconut Planters Bank United Balanced Fund 11.02% 16.94% 21.77% 19.94%
Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company Metro Balanced Fund 9.15% 17.39% 17.17% 16.26%
Security Bank Corporation SB Peso Asset Variety Fund 8.06% 15.88% 19.81% 14.58%
Banco de Oro BDO Peso Balanced Fund 7.88% 15.21% 19.80% 15.61%
Landbank of the Philippines Growth Fund 7.52% 16.53% 12.91% 14.72%
BPI Balanced Fund 7.08% 13.78% 15.31% 13.26%
Philippine National Bank Mabuhay Prestige 5.63% 11.61% 12.87% 7.29%
Unionbank of the Philippines Unionbank Peso Balanced Portfolio 5.08% 15.24% N.A. N.A.
BPI (formerly managed by ING) Odyssey Diversified Capital Fund 3.30% 7.20% 15.93% 13.10%
Development Bank of the Philippines Gintong Sikap Secure Fund 0.62% N.A. 2.27% 2.54%
BPI (formerly managed by ING) Odyssey Diversified Balanced Fund -2.90% -1.37% 15.68% 13.36%
China Banking Corporation Chinabank Balanced Fund N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.
Robinsons Bank Rbank Balanced Fund N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.
Philippine Bank of Communications Best Balanced Fund N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.
RCBC Rizal Balanced Fund N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.

June 2013 - Long Term Bond UITF Performance

Peso Long-Term Bond UITFs Fund Name June 2013 YTD Return 1-Year Return 3-Year Return 5-Year Return
RCBC Rizal Peso Bond Fund (vice Unicorn Fund) 10.41% 16.14% 9.16% 7.62%
BPI (formerly managed by ING) Odyssey Peso Bond Fund 9.38% 15.81% 14.39% 11.70%
Unionbank of the Philippines UBP Long Term Current Income Portfolio 9.22% 14.64% 11.08% 10.31%
East West Banking Corp. Infinity Peso Long-Term Bond Fund 7.73% 10.37% 7.36% 5.53%
Landbank of the Phils. Government Securities - Fixed Income Fund 5.51% 12.38% 7.64% 6.50%
Bank of Commerce Bancommerce Peso Trust Fund -2.39% -1.60% 1.58% 3.72%
United Coconut Planters Bank United Conservative Fund N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.

June 2013 - Intermediate Term Bond UITF Performance

Peso Intermediate-Term Bond UITFs Fund Name June 2013 YTD Return 1-Year Return 3-Year Return 5-Year Return
Banco de Oro BDO Peso Bond Fund 4.93% 8.33% 6.90% 7.00%
Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company Metro Max-3 Bond Fund 4.89% 7.82% 6.53% 6.08%
Unionbank of the Philippines Current Income Portfolio (T-Bill 91) 4.41% 6.97% 7.64% 9.13%
BPI Premium Bond Fund 3.77% 7.68% 6.43% 5.43%
Unionbank of the Philippines Infinity Prime Fund 3.64% 4.89% 6.06% 6.49%
Philippine National Bank Mabuhay Plus 2.89% 5.07% 5.06% 4.07%
Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company Metro Invest Plus (Metro Wealth Builder) 2.48% 4.12% 4.35% 4.85%
Philippine National Bank Dream Builder 1.01% 2.57% 3.21% N.A.
East West Banking Corp. Infinity Peso Intermediate Bond Fund N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.

June 2013 - Medium Term Bond UITF Performance

Peso Medium Term UITFs Fund Name June 2013 YTD Return 1-Year Return 3-Year Return 5-Year Return
Asia United Bank AUB Peso Investment Fund 13.60% 19.12% N.A 8.59%
Unionbank of the Philippines UBP Philippine Peso Bond Portfolio 7.58% 12.08% 9.70% 9.73%
Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company Metro Max-5 Bond Fund 6.50% 10.55% 8.13% 6.99%
Banco de Oro BDO Fixed Income Fund 6.30% 10.98% 9.19% 8.43%
Banco de Oro GS Fund 6.10% 11.44% 9.69% 8.43%
China Banking Corporation Chinabank GS Fund 4.98% 11.76% 8.22% 6.76%
Allied Banking Corporation Allied Unit Performance GS Fund -5.65% -1.34% 2.54% 2.50%
Philippine Business Bank Diamond Fund UITF N.A N.A N.A N.A
Robinsons Bank Rbank Blue Peso Fixed Income Fund N.A N.A N.A N.A

June 2013 - Money Market UITF Performance

Peso Money Market UITFs Fund Name June 2013 YTD Return 1-Year Return 3-Year Return 5-Year Return
Philippine National Bank PNB Global Filipino (Peso Punla) Fund 1.42% 2.99% 3.01% 2.88%
Philippine National Bank Mabuhay Prime 1.12% 2.61% -2.49% -0.68%
Banco de Oro BDO Peso Money Market Fund 1.05% 2.61% 3.16% 3.43%
BPI Short-Term Fund 0.97% 2.32% 2.74% 2.97%
RCBC Rizal Peso Money Market Fund (vice Dragon Fund) 0.93% 2.29% 2.85% 3.32%
Security Bank Corporation SB Secure Ease Fund 0.85% 1.90% 2.29% 2.51%
Philippine Bank of Communications Signature Trust Fund 0.79% 2.11% 2.65% 3.02%
BPI (formerly managed by ING) Odyssey Peso Cash Management Fund 0.71% 1.71% 2.82% 3.30%
China Banking Corporation Chinabank Money Market Fund N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.
East West Banking Corp. Infinity Money Market Bond Fund N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.
Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company Metro Money Market Fund N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.
RCBC Savings Bank Molave Fund N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.
Security Bank Corporation SB Secure Peso Fund N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.
Sterling Bank of Asia Sterling Money Market Fund N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.
Unionbank of the Philippines UBP Peso Money Market Porfolio N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.
United Coconut Planters Bank United Cash Management Fund N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.

Source: Bloomberg

Disclaimer: Although the rate of return is a good measure of performance, other things such as consistency of return and degree of exposure to risks must also be considered. Note that a fund’s past performance is not and cannot be a guarantee of future returns. This article is only for information purposes and is not meant to solicit any investments. Conduct due diligence before making the decision to invest. Good luck!

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