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Best UITF in the Philippines, ranked based on returns (Jan-Sept 2017)




We’re done with the third quarter of 2017! Which means there are only three months remaining before we wrap up the year.

As we begin the final quarter, let’s first recap what has happened in the Unit Investment Trust Funds (UITF) offered by banks and investment institutions in the Philippines.

Here’s a complete ranking of UITF in the country, ranked based from the best performing to the worst performing in terms of generated returns. We also provide below a summary of the Top 3 funds per UITF category.

Top 3 Equity Index (PSEi) Tracker Funds, Jan-Sept 2017

  1. Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. (Metro PSEi Tracker Fund) – 20.04%
  2. ATRAM Trust Corporation (ATRAM Philippine Equity Smart Index Fund) – 19.98%
  3. EastWest Banking Corporation (EastWest PSEi Tracker Fund) – 19.69%

Top 3 Managed Equity Funds, Jan-Sept 2017

  1. Security Bank Corporation (SB Peso Equity Fund) – 22.78%
  2. Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. (Metro Aspire Equity Feeder Fund) – 19.44%
  3. BPI Asset Management and Trust Corporation (BPI Equity Value Fund) – 18.82%

Top 3 Equity Dividend Funds, Jan-Sept 2017

  1. Security Bank Corporation (SB High Dividend Peso Equity Fund) – 18.58%
  2. BPI Asset Management and Trust Corporation (BPI Philippine High Dividend Equity Fund) – 18.22%
  3. China Banking Corporation (China Bank High Dividend Equity Fund) – 17.21%

Top 3 Balanced Funds, Jan-Sept 2017

  1. China Banking Corporation (CBC Balanced Fund) – 12.09%
  2. United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB Balanced Fund, formerly United Balanced Fund) – 11.29%
  3. Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank Peso Balanced Portfolio) – 10.47%

Top 3 Long-Term Bond Funds, Jan-Sept 2017

  1. Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank Long Term Fixed Income Portfolio) – 4.45%
  2. LandBank of the Philippines (LandBank Bond Fund) – 2.46%
  3. ATRAM Trust Corporation (ATRAM Total Return Peso Bond Fund) – 2.25%

Top 3 Medium-Term Bond Funds, Jan-Sept 2017

  1. Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank High Net Worth Medium-Term Peso Fixed Income Fund) – 3.26%
  2. Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank Philippine Peso Fixed Income Portfolio) – 2.32%
  3. Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. (Metro Max-5 Bond Fund) – 1.83%

Top 3 Intermediate-Term Bond Funds, Jan-Sept 2017

  1. Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank Medium Term Fixed Income Portfolio) – 3.06%
  2. Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank High Net Worth Intermediate-Term Peso Fixed Income Fund) – 2.40%
  3. Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank Infinity Prime Fund) – 1.97%

Top 3 Money Market Funds, Jan-Sept 2017

  1. China Banking Corporation (CBC Short-Term Fund) – 1.55%
  2. Philippine National Bank (PNB Global Filipino Peso Money Market Fund) – 1.35%
  3. BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO Institutional Cash Reserve Fund) – 1.34%

Scroll below to view the complete performance of all UITF in the Philippines, ranked in terms of actual profits gained from January to September this year.

UITF Performance Report: January-September 2017 

Ranking of Philippine Equity UITF (PSEi Index Tracker Funds)

* Funds that are invested in Philippine stocks and are meant to mirror the performance of the Philippine Stock Exchange index or PSEi.

Bank / InstitutionUITFJan - Sept 2017 Return %
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro PSEi Tracker Fund20.04%
ATRAM Trust CorporationATRAM Philippine Equity Smart Index Fund19.98%
EastWest Banking CorporationEastWest PSEI Tracker Fund19.69%
Security Bank CorporationSB PHILIPPINE EQUITY INDEX FUND19.48%
United Coconut Planters BankUCPB Philippine Index Equity Fund19.37%
BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO EQUITY INDEX FUND19.14%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Philippine Equity Index Fund19.13%
Union Bank of the PhilippinesUnionBank Philippine Equity Index Tracker Fund Portfolio18.99%
Philippine National BankPNB ENHANCED PHIL-INDEX REFERENCE FUND15.32%
LandBank of the PhilippinesLANDBANK Equity Index Fund15.14%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Philippine Consumer Equity Index FundNo data
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Philippine Infrastructure Equity Index FundNo data

Ranking of Philippine Equity UITF (Managed Equity Funds)

* Funds that are primarily invested in Philippine equities and are actively managed.

Bank / InstitutionUITFJan - Sept 2017 Return %
Security Bank CorporationSB PESO EQUITY FUND22.78%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Aspire Equity Feeder Fund19.44%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Equity Value Fund18.82%
Asia United BankEquity Investment Trust Fund18.51%
EastWest Banking CorporationEastWest PhilEquity Institutional Feeder Fund17.61%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationOdyssey High Conviction Equity Fund17.57%
BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO INSTITUTIONAL EQUITY FUND17.56%
United Coconut Planters BankUCPB Equity Fund (Formerly United Equity Fund)17.41%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Equity Fund17.36%
EastWest Banking CorporationEastWest PhilEquity Feeder Fund17.33%
Philippine National BankPNB EQUITY FUND (formerly AUP EQUITIES FUND)17.29%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationOdyssey Philippine Equity Fund16.82%
China Banking CorporationCBC EQUITY FUND16.74%
ATRAM Trust CorporationATRAM Asia Equity Opportunity Feeder Fund16.53%
BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO EQUITY FUND16.53%
AB CapitalAB CAPITAL EQUITY FUND15.10%
BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO ESG EQUITY FUND13.96%
Union Bank of the PhilippinesUnionBank Large Capitalization Philippine Equity Portfolio13.78%
Rizal Commercial Banking CorporationRIZAL EQUITY FUND13.38%
BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO FOCUSED EQUITY FUND10.42%
Manulife Asset Management and Trust Corporation (MAMTC)Manulife Equity Wealth Fund (Class A)No data
Manulife Asset Management and Trust Corporation (MAMTC)Manulife Equity Wealth Fund (Class I)No data
Philippine Bank of CommunicationsVALUE EQUITY FUNDNo data

Ranking of Philippine Equity UITF (Dividend Funds)

* Funds that are primarily invested in stocks with high dividend yields.

Bank / InstitutionUITFJan - Sept 2017 Return %
Security Bank CorporationSB HIGH DIVIDEND PESO EQUITY FUND18.58%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Philippine High Dividend Equity Fund18.22%
China Banking CorporationChina Bank High Dividend Equity Fund17.21%
United Coconut Planters BankUCPB High Dividend Fund16.07%
Bank of CommerceDIVERSITY DIVIDEND FOCUSED FUND14.82%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro High Dividend Yield Fund14.18%
Union Bank of the PhilippinesUnionBank Dividend Play Equity Portfolio13.40%
Philippine National BankPNB HIGH DIVIDEND FUND13.01%
BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO SUSTAINABLE DIVIDEND FUND12.10%

Ranking of Philippine Balanced UITF

* Balanced Funds are invested in a mixed portfolio of bonds and stocks, where investment in stocks may comprise up to a maximum of 40%-60% of the fund.

Bank / InstitutionUITFJan - Sept 2017 Return %
China Banking CorporationCBC BALANCED FUND12.09%
United Coconut Planters BankUCPB Balanced Fund (Formerly United Balanced Fund)11.29%
Union Bank of the PhilippinesUnionBank Peso Balanced Portfolio10.47%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Balanced Fund10.37%
Rizal Commercial Banking CorporationRIZAL BALANCED FUND9.98%
LandBank of the PhilippinesLANDBANK Growth Fund9.93%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Balanced Fund9.75%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Aspire Balanced Feeder Fund9.67%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationOdyssey Diversified Balanced Fund9.60%
Philippine National BankPNB BALANCED FUND (formerly PNB PRESTIGE BALANCED FUND)9.07%
AB CapitalAB CAPITAL BALANCED FUND9.03%
Security Bank CorporationSB PESO ASSET VARIETY FUND8.74%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationOdyssey Diversified Capital Fund6.07%
Sterling Bank of AsiaSterling Balanced Fund5.82%
Robinsons BankRBank Balanced Fund4.22%
BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO PESO BALANCED FUND2.37%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Unit Paying FundNo data
Philippine Bank of CommunicationsBEST BALANCED FUNDNo data

Ranking of Philippine Long-Term Bond UITF

* Long-Term Bond Funds are invested primarily in fixed-income securities with portfolio duration of more than 5 years.

Bank / InstitutionUITFJan - Sept 2017 Return %
Union Bank of the PhilippinesUnionBank Long Term Fixed Income Portfolio4.45%
LandBank of the PhilippinesLANDBANK Bond Fund2.46%
ATRAM Trust CorporationATRAM Total Return Peso Bond Fund2.25%
Rizal Commercial Banking CorporationRIZAL PESO BOND FUND2.13%
China Banking CorporationCBC FIXED INCOME FUND (formerly CBC GS FUND)2.09%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationABF Philippines Bond Index Fund2.06%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Fixed Income Portfolio Fund-of-Funds1.97%
United Coconut Planters BankUCPB Peso Bond Fund (Formerly United Conservative Fund)1.73%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationOdyssey Peso Bond Fund1.52%
Security Bank CorporationSB PESO BOND FUND1.49%
Bank of CommerceDIVERSITY PESO BOND FUND1.35%
EastWest Banking CorporationEastWest Peso Long Term Bond Fund1.27%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Corporate Bond Fund1.23%
AB CapitalAB CAPITAL PREMIUM FUND-4.12%

Ranking of Philippine Medium-Term Bond UITF

* Medium-Term Bond Funds are invested primarily in fixed-income securities with portfolio duration of up to 5 years.

Bank / InstitutionUITFJan - Sept 2017 Return %
Union Bank of the PhilippinesUnionBank High Net Worth Medium-Term Peso Fixed Income Fund3.26%
Union Bank of the PhilippinesUnionBank Philippine Peso Fixed Income Portfolio2.32%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Max-5 Bond Fund1.83%
BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO GS FUND1.62%
BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO PESO BOND FUND1.51%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Aspire Bond Feeder Fund1.47%
Philippine Business BankDiamond Fund1.45%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationOdyssey Peso Medium Term Bond Fund1.28%
Asia United BankPeso Investment Trust Fund0.83%

Ranking of Philippine Intermediate-Term Bond UITF

* Intermediate-Term Bond Funds are invested primarily in fixed-income securities with portfolio duration of up to 3 years.

Bank / InstitutionUITFJan - Sept 2017 Return %
Union Bank of the PhilippinesUnionBank Medium Term Fixed Income Portfolio3.06%
Union Bank of the PhilippinesUnionBank High Net Worth Intermediate-Term Peso Fixed Income Fund2.40%
Union Bank of the PhilippinesUnionBank Infinity Prime Fund1.97%
China Banking CorporationCBC INTERMEDIATE FIXED-INCOME FUND1.92%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Max-3 Bond Fund1.83%
Security Bank CorporationSB INTERMEDIATE TERM PESO BOND FUND1.73%
Philippine National BankPNB PESO INTERMEDIATE TERM BOND FUND (formerly AUP GS FUND)1.51%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Premium Bond Fund1.47%
EastWest Banking CorporationEastWest Peso Intermediate Term Bond Fund1.35%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Wealth Builder Fund0.23%
Manulife Asset Management and Trust Corporation (MAMTC)Manulife Stable Income Fund (Class A)No data
Manulife Asset Management and Trust Corporation (MAMTC)Manulife Stable Income Fund (Class I)No data

Ranking of Philippine Money Market UITF

* Money Market Funds are invested primarily in short-term, fixed-income deposits, and securities with portfolio duration of one year or less.

Bank / InstitutionUITFJan - Sept 2017 Return %
China Banking CorporationCBC SHORT-TERM FUND1.55%
Philippine National BankPNB GLOBAL FILIPINO PESO MONEY MARKET FUND1.35%
BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO INSTITUTIONAL CASH RESERVE FUND1.34%
China Banking CorporationCBC MONEY MARKET FUND1.33%
Asia United BankPeso Money Market Fund1.32%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Money Market Fund1.31%
China Banking CorporationChina Bank Institutional Money Market Fund1.29%
Development Bank of the PhilippinesUNLAD KAWANI MONEY MARKET FUND1.28%
Robinsons BankRBank Peso Money Market Fund1.27%
Rizal Commercial Banking CorporationRIZAL PESO CASH MANAGEMENT FUND1.27%
EastWest Banking CorporationEast West Peso Short Term Fund1.26%
Philippine National BankPNB DREAM BUILDER MONEY MARKET FUND1.25%
Philippine National BankPNB INSTITUTIONAL MONEY MARKET FUND1.24%
Development Bank of the PhilippinesUNLAD PRIBADONG INSTITUSYON MONEY MARKET FUND1.23%
Development Bank of the PhilippinesCLASS I - UNLAD PANIMULA MM FUND1.20%
Rizal Commercial Banking CorporationRIZAL PESO MONEY MARKET1.20%
CTBC Bank (Philippines) Corp.CTBC Money Market Fund1.15%
Philippine National BankPNB PRIME PESO MONEY MARKET FUND1.15%
Sterling Bank of AsiaSterling Money Market Fund1.13%
Security Bank CorporationSB PESO MONEY MARKET FUND1.12%
Philippine Savings BankPSBANK MONEY MARKET FUND1.10%
EastWest Banking CorporationEastWest Peso Money Market Fund1.10%
Development Bank of the PhilippinesCLASS II - UNLAD PANIMULA MM FUND1.08%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Money Market Fund1.07%
LandBank of the PhilippinesLANDBANK Money Market Fund1.07%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Short Term Fund1.05%
Union Bank of the PhilippinesUnionBank Peso Short Term Fixed Income Portfolio1.05%
Development Bank of the PhilippinesCLASS III - UNLAD PANIMULA MM FUND1.04%
United Coconut Planters BankUCPB Cash Management Fund (Formerly United Cash Management Fund)1.02%
BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO PESO MONEY MARKET FUND0.95%
Bank of CommerceDIVERSITY MONEY MARKET FUND0.95%
AB CapitalAB CAPITAL SHORT-TERM FUND0.95%
Development Bank of the PhilippinesUNLAD PAMAHALAAN GS MONEY MARKET FUND0.81%
LandBank of the PhilippinesLANDBANK Money Market Plus Fund0.66%
ATRAM Trust CorporationATRAM Peso Money Market Fund0.37%
BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO SHORT TERM FUNDNo data
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Short Term FundNo data
Philippine Bank of CommunicationsSIGNATURE TRUST FUNDNo data
RCBC SavingsRCBC Savings Bank Peso Money Market UITFNo data

What are Unit Investment Trust Funds?

Unit Investment Trust Funds or UITF are investment options for investors who may not have the time or expertise to do the investing themselves but are interested to place their money in income-generating assets, such as stocks, bonds, money market instruments and other similar products.

UITFs in the Philippines are typically offered by banks, and what they do is pool funds collected from investors and manage these funds collectively. All income of the fund is added back to the fund which contributes to the increase in price of each unit of the fund. UITF investors make money when the price of each unit of UITF appreciates in value.

UITFs are very similar to Mutual Funds, but they still have some differences. To learn more about Investing in UITFs, check out our resource guide below:

How to Invest in UITF — Tutorial and Guide

Sources: Bloomberg; Trust Officers Association of the Philippines

See also: Comparative Fund Performance of Mutual Funds in the Philippines

Disclaimer: Although the rate of return is a good measure of performance, other factors such as consistency of returns of the fund and degree of risk exposure must also be considered. Note that a fund’s past performance is not and cannot be a guarantee of future returns. PinoyMoneyTalk’s article is only for information purposes and is not meant to replace a finance professional’s advice or to solicit any investments. Conduct due diligence before making the decision to invest.


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