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Philippine Mutual Funds: January 2013 Performance

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In the past, we have religiously tracked the quarterly performance of mutual fund companies in the Philippines. We write about the year-to-date returns of these mutual funds at the end of each quarter and we summarize their performance in our annual year-end mutual fund performance summary.

But with a growing number of Filipinos starting to venture into mutual fund investing, the more necessary it becomes to have regular and more frequent mutual fund updates. Thus, starting this month, we will be posting the returns generated by each Philippine mutual fund at the end of every month.

First, a backgrounder on mutual funds for those who may still not be in the know.

Mutual Funds are registered investment companies that collect and pool money from the public that are invested in various investment assets. These assets may be stocks or equities, bonds, loans, time deposits, special deposit accounts, and other money market securities.

In the Philippine, there are currently four (4) categories of mutual funds: Equity Funds that invest primarily in stocks; Bond Funds which invest primarily in corporate- and government-issued bond securities; Balanced Funds which invest in both stocks and bonds; and Money Market Funds which primarily invest in assets with maturities of one year or less.

If you want to learn more about mutual funds, here are some readings that can guide you:

To monitor the monthly, quarterly and annual returns of your mutual fund, head over to our posts on Performance of Mutual Funds in the Philippines.

For the month of January 2013, here is the year-to-date returns of all mutual fund companies in the country.

Year-to-Date Returns, as of January 2013
(From January 2, 2013 until January 31, 2013)

  PESO STOCK FUNDS Jan. 2013 Return 2012 Return 3-Year Return 5-Year Return
1 Sun Life Prosperity Philippine Equity Fund 8.53% 32.02% 29.85% 15.13%
2 Philam Strategic Growth Fund 8.28% 29.30% 31.71% 17.31%
3 ATRKE Alpha Opportunity Fund 7.89% N/A N/A N/A
4 Philequity Fund 7.53% 33.30% 34.85% 20.18%
5 Philippine Stock Index Fund 7.33% 34.33% 28.81% 13.89%
6 Philequity PSE Index Fund 6.66% 29.61% 29.57% 16.00%
7 First Metro Save and Learn Equity Fund 5.90% 26.97% 36.44% 22.91%
8 ATRKE Equity Opportunity Fund 5.25% 27.71% 27.38% 13.07%
9 United Fund 4.50% 18.61% 14.18% 10.28%
  DOLLAR STOCK FUNDS Jan. 2013 Return 2012 Return 3-Year Return 5-Year Return
1 ATR KimEng AsiaPlus Recovery Fund, Inc. 4.15% 8.26% N/A N/A
  PESO BALANCED FUNDS Jan. 2013 Return 2012 Return 3-Year Return 5-Year Return
1 GSIS Mutual Fund 7.61% 23.74% 26.51% 14.94%
2 Philam Fund 7.57% 24.66% 27.72% 15.33%
3 NCM Mutual Fund of the Phils. 7.18% 21.62% N/A N/A
4 Sun Life of Canada Prosperity Balanced Fund 6.80% 24.56% 23.27% 12.04%
5 First Metro Save and Learn Balanced Fund 5.26% 24.82% 34.04% 24.82%
6 Optima Balanced Fund 4.97% 24.22% 21.91% 11.85%
7 ATRKE Philippine Balanced Fund 4.34% 22.80% 21.50% 10.62%
8 Bahay Pari Solidaritas Fund 3.16% 25.73% 20.33% N/A
9 ALFM Growth Fund, Inc 4.79% 19.10% 25.56% N/A
  DOLLAR BALANCED FUNDS Jan. 2013 Return 2012 Return 3-Year Return 5-Year Return
1 PAMI Asia Balanced Fund 2.36% 11.68% N/A N/A
2 Sun Life Prosperity Dollar Advantage Fund 1.67% 8.64% 4.91% 2.79%
3 Cocolife Dollar Fund Builder 0.00% 9.65% N/A N/A
  PESO BOND FUNDS Jan. 2013 Return 2012 Return 3-Year Return 5-Year Return
1 Philequity Peso Bond Fund 4.78% 8.03% 9.94% 7.57%
2 Grepalife Bond Fund Corporation 3.41% 10.77% 8.22% N/A
3 Philam Bond Fund 3.13% 8.69% 9.37% 6.92%
4 Sun Life Prosperity GS Fund 2.85% 5.86% 8.60% 6.72%
5 Sun Life of Canada Prosperity Bond Fund 2.44% 5.62% 8.12% 6.24%
6 Ekklesia Mutual Fund 2.31% 6.69% 8.66% 6.36%
7 Prudentialife Fixed Income Fund 2.29% 7.83% 5.97% 3.43%
8 First Metro Save and Learn Fixed Income Fund 1.86% 11.31% 12.56% 8.56%
9 ALFM Peso Bond Fund 1.42% 5.81% 7.63% 6.20%
10 Cocolife Fixed Income Fund 0.60% 7.61% 9.06% 8.63%
  FOREIGN CURRENCY BOND FUNDS Jan. 2013 Return 2012 Return 3-Year Return 5-Year Return
1 Grepalife Fixed Income Fund 3.57% 5.43% 7.75% 6.03%
2 ALFM Euro Bond Fund -0.24% 8.76% 4.41% 3.98%
3 ALFM Dollar Bond Fund -0.67% 9.65% 6.47% 5.16%
4 MAA Privilege Euro Fixed Income Fund -0.87% 4.08% N/A N/A
5 ATR KimEng Total Return Bond Fund -0.94% 4.38% N/A N/A
6 Philequity Dollar Income Fund -0.96% 11.86% 7.87% 7.23%
7 Grepalife Dollar Bond Fund -1.04% 16.95% 7.97% 7.48%
8 PAMI Global Bond Fund -1.10% 1.90% 1.72% 2.25%
9 Sun Life Prosperity Dollar Abundance Fund -2.49% 10.46% 7.47% 5.97%
10 Philam Dollar Bond Fund -2.98% 11.40% 7.23% 5.93%
11 MAA Privilege Dollar Fixed Income Fund -3.20% 8.70% 2.32% 2.32%
  PESO MONEY MARKET FUNDS Jan. 2013 Return 2012 Return 3-Year Return 5-Year Return
1 ALFM Money Market Fund 0.25% 3.00% 3.44% N/A
2 Philam Managed Income Fund 0.21% 2.51% 1.87% 1.78%
3 First Metro Save and Learn Money Market Fund 0.18% 2.18% 1.84% N/A
4 Sun Life Prosperity Money Market Fund 0.03% 0.35% 0.48% 0.97%

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

Disclaimer: Although a fund’s rate of return is a typical measure of performance, other factors such as consistency of return and exposure to risks must also be considered. Note that past performance of a fund is not and cannot be a guarantee of future returns. does not endorse any of the funds listed above. Use prudence and due diligence before making the decision to invest.

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  • Jeramie Ho

    thank you for this feed.

  • Newbie Investor

    Thank you for this info! I’m really new to all this, just wondering,
    the table indicates 2012 returns, 3-year returns, and 5 year returns.

    So, for example, if I put in P10,000 into Sun Life equity, does this mean
    that if I had done that a year ago I would have gotten 3202, three years
    ago 2985, and five years ago 1513? It seems as though the gains are
    good only for short term? Would that mean I should just put in my money
    for a year, then pull it out after one year since it obviously has
    larger gains than waiting for a long time?

    I feel like I misunderstood something, lol. Please help! Thanks!

  • disqus_atY7MqHYe8

    This is a big help. I hope you could also post here the quarterly returns of VULs of Insurance companies. Looking forward to that. Cheers!

  • ramontubero

    @newbie_investor:disqus , annualized yung return ng 3 & 5-year. is you put Php10k to sunlife 3 years ago, 10k x (1.2985)^3 = Php21,894 today or a gain of 118.9%

    • Jek

      Thanks for clearing it up. So ganyan pala computation pag annualized.

      So if i invested in sunlife equity fund 5 years ago: 10k x (1.1513)^5 = 20227. Tama ba?

      Mas maliit ng konti earnings dahil sa market crash nuong 2008.

  • Jeanette

    Thank you for this info. but if there is something worth considering aside from the returns, perhaps it’s the ease of making the initial and successive investments and redeeming the shares. We were investors of PAMI before, around 7 years ago, making an investment and redeeming the shares requires you to go to their office in Makati physically then. Not sure of the procedure now if there’s an easier way. In as much as we wanted to re invest there, We are constrained to do so due to the inconvenience esp. if you are an 8 to 5 office employee. I remember having to wait the whole afternoon for the release of our check. tsk tsk! I’m an investor of Philippine Stock Index Fund of BPI now, and the only time I have to be at the bank is when I applied for an investment account bec. I have to open a BPI account since I haven’t got one. What I love about this mutual fund is that with their online banking, we are able to make additional investment and redeem the same ANYTIME and ANYWHERE as long as there is internet connection and your BPI account (which is the settlement account) is enrolled in their online banking. It’s really great! I was just hoping other big banks have the same (ex. BDO and Metrobank). I have a BDO account also enrolled in their online banking but sad that I cannot see any link to make investments online. I monitor the daily movement of the PSE index, and it is great that the decision to invest or redeem can be done immediately, this is certainly a big help in getting a good price. If there is any other mutual fund which can be transacted online, would appreciate if any of you can share the same. thanks.