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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 UITFsFund NameJune 2013 YTD Return1-Year Return3-Year Return5-Year Return
Banco de OroBDO Peso Equity Fund (EPCIB Equity Fund)13.58%22.97%26.01%22.89%
Banco de OroBDO Institutional Equity Fund13.43%23.48%26.16%23.45%
Security Bank CorporationSB Peso Equity Fund11.63%21.51%24.42%N.A.
Metropolitan Bank and Trust CompanyMetro Equity Fund10.61%23.62%23.31%22.29%
United Coconut Planters BankUnited Equity Fund10.09%17.67%30.11%29.48%
Rizal Commercial Banking CorporationRCBC Rizal Equity Fund (Tiger Equity Fund)8.91%17.65%19.50%18.76%
Bank of the Philippine IslandsBPI Equity Value Fund8.51%15.85%18.53%14.86%
Unionbank of the PhilippinesLarge Capitalization Philippine Equity Portfolio7.93%25.66%33.46%34.84%
AB Capital and Investment Corp.AB Capital Equity Fund7.45%28.77%26.87%23.86%
Philippine National BankEnhanced PSEi Reference Fund7.38%20.43%7.54%10.93%
Asia United Bank-TIGAUB Equity Investment Fund5.65%17.79%N.A.18.47%
Philippine National BankHigh Dividend Fund4.69%18.18%N.A.N.A.
Allied Banking CorporationAllied Unit Performance Equities Fund-6.25%7.65%12.41%8.98%
Bank of the Philippine IslandsOdyssey Philippine Equity Fund-9.36%-9.96%15.89%15.16%
Bank of the Philippine IslandsOdyssey Philippine High Conviction Equity Fund-25.22%-30.07%12.03%15.19%
Philippine Bank of CommunicationsValue Equity FundN.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.

June 2013 - Balanced UITF Performance

Peso Balanced UITFsFund NameJune 2013 YTD Return1-Year Return3-Year Return5-Year Return
United Coconut Planters BankUnited Balanced Fund11.02%16.94%21.77%19.94%
Metropolitan Bank and Trust CompanyMetro Balanced Fund9.15%17.39%17.17%16.26%
Security Bank CorporationSB Peso Asset Variety Fund8.06%15.88%19.81%14.58%
Banco de OroBDO Peso Balanced Fund7.88%15.21%19.80%15.61%
Landbank of the PhilippinesGrowth Fund7.52%16.53%12.91%14.72%
BPIBalanced Fund7.08%13.78%15.31%13.26%
Philippine National BankMabuhay Prestige5.63%11.61%12.87%7.29%
Unionbank of the PhilippinesUnionbank Peso Balanced Portfolio5.08%15.24%N.A.N.A.
BPI (formerly managed by ING)Odyssey Diversified Capital Fund3.30%7.20%15.93%13.10%
Development Bank of the PhilippinesGintong Sikap Secure Fund0.62%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 CorporationChinabank Balanced FundN.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
Robinsons BankRbank Balanced FundN.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
Philippine Bank of CommunicationsBest Balanced FundN.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
RCBCRizal Balanced FundN.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.

June 2013 - Long Term Bond UITF Performance

Peso Long-Term Bond UITFsFund NameJune 2013 YTD Return1-Year Return3-Year Return5-Year Return
RCBCRizal Peso Bond Fund (vice Unicorn Fund)10.41%16.14%9.16%7.62%
BPI (formerly managed by ING)Odyssey Peso Bond Fund9.38%15.81%14.39%11.70%
Unionbank of the PhilippinesUBP Long Term Current Income Portfolio9.22%14.64%11.08%10.31%
East West Banking Corp.Infinity Peso Long-Term Bond Fund7.73%10.37%7.36%5.53%
Landbank of the Phils.Government Securities - Fixed Income Fund5.51%12.38%7.64%6.50%
Bank of CommerceBancommerce Peso Trust Fund-2.39%-1.60%1.58%3.72%
United Coconut Planters BankUnited Conservative FundN.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.

June 2013 - Intermediate Term Bond UITF Performance

Peso Intermediate-Term Bond UITFsFund NameJune 2013 YTD Return1-Year Return3-Year Return5-Year Return
Banco de OroBDO Peso Bond Fund4.93%8.33%6.90%7.00%
Metropolitan Bank and Trust CompanyMetro Max-3 Bond Fund4.89%7.82%6.53%6.08%
Unionbank of the PhilippinesCurrent Income Portfolio (T-Bill 91)4.41%6.97%7.64%9.13%
BPIPremium Bond Fund3.77%7.68%6.43%5.43%
Unionbank of the PhilippinesInfinity Prime Fund3.64%4.89%6.06%6.49%
Philippine National BankMabuhay Plus2.89%5.07%5.06%4.07%
Metropolitan Bank and Trust CompanyMetro Invest Plus (Metro Wealth Builder)2.48%4.12%4.35%4.85%
Philippine National BankDream Builder1.01%2.57%3.21%N.A.
East West Banking Corp.Infinity Peso Intermediate Bond FundN.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.

June 2013 - Medium Term Bond UITF Performance

Peso Medium Term UITFsFund NameJune 2013 YTD Return1-Year Return3-Year Return5-Year Return
Asia United BankAUB Peso Investment Fund13.60%19.12%N.A8.59%
Unionbank of the PhilippinesUBP Philippine Peso Bond Portfolio7.58%12.08%9.70%9.73%
Metropolitan Bank and Trust CompanyMetro Max-5 Bond Fund6.50%10.55%8.13%6.99%
Banco de OroBDO Fixed Income Fund6.30%10.98%9.19%8.43%
Banco de OroGS Fund6.10%11.44%9.69%8.43%
China Banking CorporationChinabank GS Fund4.98%11.76%8.22%6.76%
Allied Banking CorporationAllied Unit Performance GS Fund-5.65%-1.34%2.54%2.50%
Philippine Business BankDiamond Fund UITFN.AN.AN.AN.A
Robinsons BankRbank Blue Peso Fixed Income FundN.AN.AN.AN.A

June 2013 - Money Market UITF Performance

Peso Money Market UITFsFund NameJune 2013 YTD Return1-Year Return3-Year Return5-Year Return
Philippine National BankPNB Global Filipino (Peso Punla) Fund1.42%2.99%3.01%2.88%
Philippine National BankMabuhay Prime1.12%2.61%-2.49%-0.68%
Banco de OroBDO Peso Money Market Fund1.05%2.61%3.16%3.43%
BPIShort-Term Fund0.97%2.32%2.74%2.97%
RCBCRizal Peso Money Market Fund (vice Dragon Fund)0.93%2.29%2.85%3.32%
Security Bank CorporationSB Secure Ease Fund0.85%1.90%2.29%2.51%
Philippine Bank of CommunicationsSignature Trust Fund0.79%2.11%2.65%3.02%
BPI (formerly managed by ING)Odyssey Peso Cash Management Fund0.71%1.71%2.82%3.30%
China Banking CorporationChinabank Money Market FundN.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
East West Banking Corp.Infinity Money Market Bond FundN.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
Metropolitan Bank and Trust CompanyMetro Money Market FundN.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
RCBC Savings BankMolave FundN.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
Security Bank CorporationSB Secure Peso FundN.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
Sterling Bank of AsiaSterling Money Market FundN.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
Unionbank of the PhilippinesUBP Peso Money Market PorfolioN.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.
United Coconut Planters BankUnited Cash Management FundN.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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