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Best and Worst Mutual Funds in the Philippines (January 2016)

Best Mutual Funds in the Philippines to Invest InWe again revisit the performance of Mutual Funds in the Philippines. Which ones were the winners and losers in January 2016?

Out of the 40 Peso-denominated mutual funds available in the country, only nine (9) managed to earn a positive return last month.

The rest suffered a loss, with most equity funds underperforming the benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) which ended January 2016 with a -3.81% return.

Ranking solely based on generated returns, the top mutual funds in the Philippines, which earned the highest positive gains across all categories, are:

  1. Cocolife Fixed Income Fund: +0.51%
  2. Ekklesia Mutual Fund: +0.30%
  3. Grepalife Fixed Income Fund: +0.26%
  4. Soldivo Bond Fund: +0.25%
  5. ALFM Peso Bond Fund: +0.24%
  6. Philam Bond Fund: +0.24%
  7. Sun Life Prosperity Money Market Fund: +0.15%
  8. ALFM Money Market Fund: +0.12%
  9. Philam Managed Income Fund: +0.03%

Meanwhile, the top losing funds which generated the biggest losses in January 2016 are:

  1. ATRAM Alpha Opportunity Fund: -11.85%
  2. First Metro Save and Learn Equity Fund: -6.64%
  3. One Wealthy Nation Fund: -6.09%
  4. First Metro Save and Learn Balanced Fund: -5.33%
  5. Philequity Fund: -4.95%
  6. Sun Life Prosperity Philippine Equity Fund: -4.84%
  7. Philequity Dividend Yield Fund: -4.61%
  8. ATRAM Philippine Equity Opportunity Fund: -4.59%
  9. Soldivo Strategic Growth Fund: -4.38%
  10. United Fund: -4.22%

Here is an infographic that shows the visual summary of the performance of these mutual funds.

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The complete list of Peso mutual funds in the Philippines, ranked from highest to lowest returns across categories, is as follows.

As of January 2016

Mutual Fund NameJan. 2016 PerformanceMutual Fund Type
Cocolife Fixed Income Fund+0.51%Peso Bond Fund
Ekklesia Mutual Fund+0.30%Peso Bond Fund
Grepalife Fixed Income Fund+0.26%Peso Bond Fund
Soldivo Bond Fund+0.25%Peso Bond Fund
ALFM Peso Bond Fund+0.24%Peso Bond Fund
Philam Bond Fund+0.24%Peso Bond Fund
Sun Life Prosperity Money Market Fund+0.15%Peso Money Market Fund
ALFM Money Market Fund+0.12%Peso Money Market Fund
Philam Managed Income Fund+0.03%Peso Money Market Fund
First Metro Save and Learn Fixed Income Fund-0.06%Peso Bond Fund
Sun Life of Canada Prosperity Bond Fund-0.11%Peso Bond Fund
Grepalife Bond Fund-0.20%Peso Bond Fund
Sun Life Prosperity GS Fund-0.28%Peso Bond Fund
ATRAM Corporate Bond Fund-0.31%Peso Bond Fund
Philequity Peso Bond Fund-0.48%Peso Bond Fund
NCM Mutual Fund of the Phils.-1.69%Peso Balanced Fund
Bahay Pari Solidaritas Fund-1.91%Peso Balanced Fund
PAMI Horizon Fund-2.09%Peso Balanced Fund
Philam Fund-2.14%Peso Balanced Fund
Sun Life of Canada Prosperity Balanced Fund-2.39%Peso Balanced Fund
ATRAM Philippine Balanced Fund-2.59%Peso Balanced Fund
Sun Life Prosperity Dynamic Fund-2.84%Peso Balanced Fund
ATRAM Dynamic Allocation Fund-3.35%Peso Balanced Fund
Sun Life Prosperity Philippine Stock Index Fund-3.65%Peso Equity Fund
ALFM Growth Fund-3.74%Peso Equity Fund
Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi)-3.81%Benchmark PSEi Return
Philam Strategic Growth Fund-3.82%Peso Equity Fund
PAMI Equity Index Fund-3.96%Peso Equity Fund
Philippine Stock Index Fund-3.96%Peso Equity Fund
Philequity PSE Index Fund-4.13%Peso Equity Fund
United Fund-4.22%Peso Equity Fund
Soldivo Strategic Growth Fund-4.38%Peso Equity Fund
ATRAM Philippine Equity Opportunity Fund-4.59%Peso Equity Fund
Philequity Dividend Yield Fund-4.61%Peso Equity Fund
Sun Life Prosperity Philippine Equity Fund-4.84%Peso Equity Fund
Philequity Fund-4.95%Peso Equity Fund
First Metro Save and Learn Balanced Fund-5.33%Peso Balanced Fund
One Wealthy Nation Fund-6.09%Peso Balanced Fund
First Metro Save and Learn Equity Fund-6.64%Peso Equity Fund
ATRAM Alpha Opportunity Fund-11.85%Peso Equity Fund

Recap: What are Mutual Funds?

Mutual Funds are pooled investment schemes where funds collected from a variety of investors are invested by professional fund managers in different asset classes such as stocks, bonds, and money market instruments, among others. Investors become shareholders, or part-owners of the company, enabling them to share in the distribution of profits, after deducting all fees and expenses related to fund management.

Recap: What are Exchange Traded Funds?

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), meanwhile, are open-ended investment companies that track a basket of assets and are traded on a stock exchange. At present, there is only one ETF in the country, tracking the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi). As opposed to actively-managed funds, ETFs are passively managed because they merely attempt to mirror the performance of an index.

For more educational resources about Mutual Funds and ETF in the Philippines, check out the list at the bottom of this post!

Disclaimer: Our articles are only informative in nature and are not intended as a solicitation of investment. PinoyMoneyTalk does not endorse any of the funds listed above. Investors must conduct due diligence before a decision to invest is made. Be advised, too, that returns are not guaranteed and loss of capital is a possibility.

Let us also highlight that returns should not be used as sole criteria when investing. Although the rate of return is typically a good measure of performance, other factors such as the fund’s consistency of performance and exposure to risks must also be considered before investing. Consistency of performance refers to an ETF or mutual fund’s ability to generate expected returns over a long period of time. This is the reason why we also include the past 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year returns of each fund in the rankings above.

* Figures with a minus sign (-) denote a loss. All data are from the Philippine Investment Funds Association (PIFA).

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  1. George Town says:

    I held shares in sunlife philequity fund (bought at about Php 2.9 per share) and got a measly return after 2 years. The costs to buy shares is too high and the fund didn’t do that well. Looking at share prices now, I can’t believe the NAVPs just keeps rising, despite dismal performance.

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