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Best UITF Investment in the PhilippinesHere now is our monthly tracking of the performance of each Unit Investment Trust Funds (UITF) in the Philippines.

Positive performance continued into the fourth month of the year, with most equity and balanced funds generating unprecedented double-digit returns. Rosier economic outlook, affirmed by two investment grade ratings received recently, contributed to the continuous stellar performance of UITFs. (see Philippines now  investment grade, courtesy of Fitch Ratings and Philippines wins 2nd investment grade rating from Standard & Poor’s)

Here’s to hoping investments will remain to be more fun in the coming months ahead.

Intro to UITF Investing

Unit Investment Trust Funds or 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).

For additional readings about UITFs, head over to our UITF Investing Guide:

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Here is a summary of the year-to-date performance of each UITF from the start of January until the end of April 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-April 2013 Year-to-Date, 1-Year, 3-Year, and 5-Year Returns

April 2013 - Equity UITF Performance

Peso Equity UITFs Fund Name April 2013 YTD Return 1-Year Return 3-Year Return 5-Year Return
Unionbank of the Philippines Large Capitalization Philippine Equity Portfolio 25.64% 53.51% 44.38% 36.35%
Banco de Oro BDO Institutional Equity Fund 25.07% 39.22% 31.82% 23.46%
Banco de Oro BDO Peso Equity Fund (EPCIB Equity Fund) 24.40% 37.23% 31.23% 22.46%
Security Bank Corporation SB Peso Equity Fund 22.94% 33.55% 28.74% N.A.
United Coconut Planters Bank United Equity Fund 22.51% 31.07% 38.58% 30.98%
Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company Metro Equity Fund 21.96% 36.16% 28.00% 22.60%
AB Capital and Investment Corp. AB Capital Equity Fund 20.98% 44.20% 30.00% 23.84%
Philippine National Bank High Dividend Fund 19.91% N.A. N.A. N.A.
Philippine National Bank Enhanced PSEi Reference Fund 19.84% 36.12% 12.64% 11.37%
Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation RCBC Rizal Equity Fund (Tiger Equity Fund) 19.37% 30.32% 24.10% 19.51%
Bank of the Philippine Islands BPI Equity Value Fund 17.43% 16.24% 22.32% 14.57%
Asia United Bank-TIG AUB Equity Investment Fund 12.80% 27.44% 20.18% 17.12%
Bank of the Philippine Islands Odyssey Philippine Equity Fund 11.62% 12.31% 25.49% 17.25%
Allied Banking Corporation Allied Unit Performance Equities Fund 10.44% 28.73% 17.62% 12.55%
Bank of the Philippine Islands Odyssey Philippine High Conviction Equity Fund 4.64% -1.96% 27.79% 21.02%
Philippine Bank of Communications Value Equity Fund N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.

April 2013 - Balanced UITF Performance

Peso Balanced UITFs Fund Name April 2013 YTD Return 1-Year Return 3-Year Return 5-Year Return
Unionbank of the Philippines Unionbank Peso Balanced Portfolio 23.37% 35.45% N.A. N.A.
United Coconut Planters Bank United Balanced Fund 21.16% 27.93% 27.69% 21.62%
Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company Metro Balanced Fund 19.25% 28.01% 21.28% 16.81%
Security Bank Corporation SB Peso Asset Variety Fund 18.42% 26.81% 24.50% 16.52%
Banco de Oro BDO Peso Balanced Fund 17.81% 26.85% 24.72% 15.41%
Philippine National Bank Mabuhay Prestige 14.46% 24.80% 16.05% 9.13%
BPI Balanced Fund 14.19% 15.52% 18.60% 13.45%
BPI (formerly managed by ING) Odyssey Diversified Capital Fund 14.13% 19.36% 20.52% 14.37%
BPI (formerly managed by ING) Odyssey Diversified Balanced Fund 12.66% 15.71% 22.40% 15.27%
Landbank of the Philippines Growth Fund 12.38% 19.60% 16.81% 15.03%
Development Bank of the Philippines Gintong Sikap Secure Fund 0.51% 2.01% 2.36% 2.63%
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.

April 2013 - Long Term Bond UITF Performance

Peso Long-Term Bond UITFs Fund Name April 2013 YTD Return 1-Year Return 3-Year Return 5-Year Return
RCBC Rizal Peso Bond Fund (vice Unicorn Fund) 16.54% 23.37% 11.62% 9.02%
BPI (formerly managed by ING) Odyssey Peso Bond Fund 16.41% 23.92% 17.27% 12.86%
Unionbank of the Philippines UBP Long Term Current Income Portfolio 13.82% 19.32% 13.19% 11.32%
Landbank of the Phils. Government Securities - Fixed Income Fund 11.87% 19.57% 9.94% 7.85%
East West Banking Corp. Infinity Peso Long-Term Bond Fund 8.35% 12.11% 7.70% 5.78%
Bank of Commerce Bancommerce Peso Trust Fund -0.25% 0.66% 2.39% 4.25%
United Coconut Planters Bank United Conservative Fund N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.

April 2013 - Intermediate Term Bond UITF Performance

Peso Intermediate-Term Bond UITFs Fund Name April 2013 YTD Return 1-Year Return 3-Year Return 5-Year Return
Banco de Oro BDO Peso Bond Fund 5.45% 9.34% 7.55% 7.11%
Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company Metro Max-3 Bond Fund 5.29% 8.62% 6.91% 6.35%
BPI Premium Bond Fund 4.87% 9.10% 7.01% 5.76%
Unionbank of the Philippines Current Income Portfolio (T-Bill 91) 4.59% 8.29% 8.34% 9.29%
Unionbank of the Philippines Infinity Prime Fund 3.92% 6.89% 6.53% 6.63%
Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company Metro Invest Plus (Metro Wealth Builder) 3.90% 5.78% 5.04% 5.42%
Philippine National Bank Mabuhay Plus 2.77% 5.42% 5.28% 4.14%
Philippine National Bank Dream Builder 2.52% 4.40% 3.83% N.A.
East West Banking Corp. Infinity Peso Intermediate Bond Fund N.A. N.A. N.A. N.A.

April 2013 - Medium Term Bond UITF Performance

Peso Medium Term UITFs Fund Name April 2013 YTD Return 1-Year Return 3-Year Return 5-Year Return
Asia United Bank AUB Peso Investment Fund 14.46% 22.38% 11.99% 8.85%
China Banking Corporation Chinabank GS Fund 13.25% 21.48% 11.26% 8.52%
Unionbank of the Philippines UBP Philippine Peso Bond Portfolio 10.51% 15.30% 11.22% 10.45%
Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company Metro Max-5 Bond Fund 9.62% 14.14% 9.41% 7.79%
Banco de Oro GS Fund 9.60% 15.44% 11.33% 9.06%
Banco de Oro BDO Fixed Income Fund 9.14% 14.40% 10.73% 8.85%
Allied Banking Corporation Allied Unit Performance GS Fund 6.41% 11.84% 6.82% 5.12%
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

April 2013 - Money Market UITF Performance

Peso Money Market UITFs Fund Name April 2013 YTD Return 1-Year Return 3-Year Return 5-Year Return
Philippine National Bank PNB Global Filipino (Peso Punla) Fund 1.02% 3.17% 2.98% 2.90%
Philippine National Bank Mabuhay Prime 0.84% 2.89% -2.55% -0.66%
Banco de Oro BDO Peso Money Market Fund 0.83% 2.88% 3.27% 3.52%
BPI Short-Term Fund 0.73% 2.55% 2.81% 3.02%
RCBC Rizal Peso Money Market Fund (vice Dragon Fund) 0.72% 2.60% 2.96% 3.44%
Security Bank Corporation SB Secure Ease Fund 0.64% 2.09% 2.37% 2.64%
Philippine Bank of Communications Signature Trust Fund 0.60% 2.38% 2.72% 3.08%
BPI (formerly managed by ING) Odyssey Peso Cash Management Fund 0.57% 2.08% 2.93% 3.48%
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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