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Best UITF in the Philippines 2018




Which banks or trust corporations in the Philippines had the best performing Unit Investment Trust Funds (UITF) in the first four months of 2018?

We answer that question in this Performance Report which summarizes the gains and losses of each UITF in the country.

See below the full list of UITF investment funds, which we ranked from the highest gaining to the worst performing in terms of achieved returns. We also highlight below the Top 3 funds per UITF investment category.


To learn more about UITF and fund investing, check out our educational materials at the bottom of this article.


Without further ado, here’s a list of the Top UITF in the Philippines from January to April 2018.

Top UITF in the Philippines 2018

Top 3 PSEi Equity Index Tracker UITF

  • 1. BPI Asset Management and Trust Corporation (BPI Philippine Consumer Equity Index Fund): -5.55%
  • 2. LandBank of the Philippines (LandBank Equity Index Fund): -7.68%
  • 3. United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB Philippine Index Equity Fund): -8.06%

Top 3 Managed Equity UITF

  • 1. ATRAM Trust Corporation (ATRAM Asia Equity Opportunity Feeder Fund): +4.73%
  • 2. BPI Asset Management and Trust Corporation (BPI Catholic Values Global Equity Feeder Fund): +2.81%
  • 3. ATRAM Trust Corporation (ATRAM Global Dividend Feeder Fund): +2.26%

Top 3 Equity Dividend UITF

  • 1. Bank of Commerce (Diversity Dividend Focused Fund): -7.47%
  • 2. China Banking Corporation (China Bank High Dividend Equity Fund): -7.56%
  • 3. United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB High Dividend Fund): -7.93%

Top 3 Balanced UITF

  • 1. Robinsons Bank (RBank Tax-Exempt Retirement Fund [A Balanced UITF]): -1.47%
  • 2. Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. (Metro Unit Paying Fund): -1.49%
  • 3. Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (Rizal Balanced Fund): -4.02%

Top 3 Long-Term Bond UITF

  • 1. Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank Tax Exempt Portfolio): +0.81%
  • 2. EastWest Banking Corporation (EastWest Peso Long Term Bond Fund): +0.24%
  • 3. LandBank of the Philippines (LANDBANK Bond Fund): -0.14%

Top 3 Medium-Term Bond UITF

  • 1. BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO PERA Bond Index Fund): +0.19%
  • 2. BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO Peso Bond Fund): +0.13%
  • 3. Philippine Business Bank (Diamond Fund): +0.11%

Top 3 Intermediate-Term Bond UITF

  • 1. Union Bank (UnionBank Medium Term Fixed Income Portfolio): +1.21%
  • 2. China Banking Corporation (CBC Intermediate Fixed-Income Fund): +0.45%
  • 3. Union Bank (UnionBank High Net Worth Intermediate-Term Peso Fixed Income Fund): +0.39%

Top 3 Money Market UITF

  • 1. China Banking Corporation (China Bank Institutional Money Market Fund): +0.84%
  • 2. Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. (Metro Short Term Fund): +0.80%
  • 3. Development Bank of the Philippines (Unlad Kawani Money Market Fund): +0.75%

Full Ranking: All UITF in the Philippines

Refer to the complete rankings below showing the performance of all UITF in the Philippines in 2018 from January to April.

PESO EQUITY PSEi INDEX TRACKER FUNDS (UITF)
Gains/Losses from January to April 2018

* These are funds invested in Philippine stocks and are meant to mirror the performance of the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi).

BANK / INSTITUTIONUITFJAN - APRIL 2018 RETURN %
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Philippine Consumer Equity Index Fund-5.55%
LandBank of the PhilippinesLANDBANK Equity Index Fund-7.68%
United Coconut Planters BankUCPB Philippine Index Equity Fund-8.06%
Philippine National BankPNB ENHANCED PHIL-INDEX REFERENCE FUND-8.18%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Philippine Equity Index Fund-8.38%
EastWest Banking CorporationEastWest PSEI Tracker Fund-8.38%
Union BankUnionBank Philippine Equity Index Tracker Fund Portfolio-8.39%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro PSEi Tracker Fund-8.41%
Security Bank CorporationSB PHILIPPINE EQUITY INDEX FUND-8.43%
ATRAM Trust CorporationATRAM Philippine Equity Smart Index Fund-8.57%
BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO EQUITY INDEX FUND-8.59%
CTBC Bank (Philippines) Corp.CTBC Bank - Sun Life Philippine Stock Index Feeder Fund-8.62%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Philippine Infrastructure Equity Index Fund-8.63%
BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO PERA EQUITY INDEX FUND-8.85%

PESO ACTIVELY MANAGED EQUITY FUNDS (UITF)
Gains/Losses from January to April 2018

* These are funds that are actively managed by investment managers with the goal of outperforming the PSEi.

BANK / INSTITUTIONUITFJAN - APRIL 2018 RETURN %
ATRAM Trust CorporationATRAM Asia Equity Opportunity Feeder Fund4.73%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Catholic Values Global Equity Feeder Fund2.81%
ATRAM Trust CorporationATRAM Global Dividend Feeder Fund2.26%
Rizal Commercial Banking CorporationRIZAL EQUITY FUND-5.11%
EastWest Banking CorporationEastWest PhilEquity Institutional Feeder Fund-7.33%
Security Bank CorporationSB PESO EQUITY FUND-7.39%
Asia United BankEquity Investment Trust Fund-7.39%
EastWest Banking CorporationEastWest PhilEquity Feeder Fund-7.65%
United Coconut Planters BankUCPB Equity Fund (Formerly United Equity Fund)-7.95%
BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO INSTITUTIONAL EQUITY FUND-8.05%
Philippine Bank of CommunicationsVALUE EQUITY FUND-8.34%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Aspire Equity Feeder Fund-8.40%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Equity Fund-8.45%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Equity Value Fund-8.73%
Philippine National BankPNB EQUITY FUND (formerly AUP EQUITIES FUND)-8.74%
Union BankUnionBank Large Capitalization Philippine Equity Portfolio-8.87%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationOdyssey Philippine Equity Fund-9.11%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationOdyssey High Conviction Equity Fund-9.17%
BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO FOCUSED EQUITY FUND-10.22%
BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO ESG EQUITY FUND-7.76%
AB CapitalAB CAPITAL EQUITY FUND-7.82%
China Banking CorporationCBC EQUITY FUND-7.91%
BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO EQUITY FUND-8.64%
ATRAM Trust CorporationATRAM Global Technology Feeder FundNo Data
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

PESO EQUITY DIVIDEND FUNDS (UITF)
Gains/Losses from January to April 2018

* These are funds primarily invested in Philippine stocks with high dividend yields.

BANK / INSTITUTIONUITFJAN - APRIL 2018 RETURN %
Bank of CommerceDIVERSITY DIVIDEND FOCUSED FUND-7.47%
China Banking CorporationChina Bank High Dividend Equity Fund-7.56%
United Coconut Planters BankUCPB High Dividend Fund-7.93%
Security Bank CorporationSB HIGH DIVIDEND PESO EQUITY FUND-8.06%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Philippine High Dividend Equity Fund-8.62%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro High Dividend Yield Fund-8.96%
Union BankUnionBank Dividend Play Equity Portfolio-9.34%
Philippine National BankPNB HIGH DIVIDEND FUND-10.09%
BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO SUSTAINABLE DIVIDEND FUND-10.73%

PESO BALANCED FUNDS (UITF)
Gains/Losses from January to April 2018

* Balanced Funds are invested in a mixed portfolio of bonds and stocks.

RankBANK / INSTITUTIONUITFJAN - APRIL 2018 RETURN %
1Robinsons BankRBank Tax-Exempt Retirement Fund (A Balanced UITF)-1.47%
2Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Unit Paying Fund-1.49%
3Rizal Commercial Banking CorporationRIZAL BALANCED FUND-4.02%
4Union BankUnionBank Peso Balanced Portfolio-4.03%
5Philippine National BankPNB BALANCED FUND (formerly PNB PRESTIGE BALANCED FUND)-4.18%
6LandBank of the PhilippinesLANDBANK Growth Fund-4.26%
7BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Balanced Fund-4.80%
8AB CapitalAB CAPITAL BALANCED FUND-4.82%
9United Coconut Planters BankUCPB Balanced Fund (Formerly United Balanced Fund)-5.08%
10CTBC Bank (Philippines) Corp.CTBC Bank - ATRAM Philippine Balanced Feeder Fund-5.12%
11Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Balanced Fund-5.23%
12Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Aspire Balanced Feeder Fund-5.30%
13BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationOdyssey Diversified Capital Fund-5.35%
14Philippine Bank of CommunicationsBEST BALANCED FUND-5.56%
15Robinsons BankRBank Balanced Fund-5.78%
16BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO PESO BALANCED FUND-6.27%
17Security Bank CorporationSB PESO ASSET VARIETY FUND-6.46%
18China Banking CorporationCBC BALANCED FUND-6.85%
19BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationOdyssey Diversified Balanced Fund-7.29%
20Sterling Bank of AsiaSterling Balanced FundNo Data

PESO LONG-TERM BONDS FUNDS (UITF)
Gains/Losses from January to April 2018

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

RankBANK / INSTITUTIONUITFJAN - APRIL 2018 RETURN %
1Union BankUnionBank Tax Exempt Portfolio0.81%
2EastWest Banking CorporationEastWest Peso Long Term Bond Fund0.24%
3LandBank of the PhilippinesLANDBANK Bond Fund-0.14%
4ATRAM Trust CorporationATRAM Total Return Peso Bond Fund-0.24%
5Rizal Commercial Banking CorporationRIZAL PESO BOND FUND-0.36%
6United Coconut Planters BankUCPB Peso Bond Fund (Formerly United Conservative Fund)-0.44%
7BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Fixed Income Portfolio Fund-of-Funds-0.55%
8Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Corporate Bond Fund-0.79%
9Bank of CommerceDIVERSITY PESO BOND FUND-0.94%
10China Banking CorporationCBC FIXED INCOME FUND (formerly CBC GS FUND)-2.29%
11Union BankUnionBank Long Term Fixed Income Portfolio-2.83%
12Security Bank CorporationSB PESO BOND FUND-3.06%
13BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationOdyssey Peso Bond Fund-3.44%
14BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationABF Philippines Bond Index Fund-4.11%
15BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationOdyssey Tax-Exempt Peso Fixed Income FundNo Data
16Manulife Asset Management and Trust Corporation (MAMTC)Manulife Income Builder Fund (Class A)No Data
17Manulife Asset Management and Trust Corporation (MAMTC)Manulife Income Builder Fund (Class I)No Data

PESO MEDIUM-TERM BOND FUNDS (UITF)
Gains/Losses from January to April 2018

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

RankBANK / INSTITUTIONUITFJAN - APRIL 2018 RETURN %
1BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO PERA BOND INDEX FUND0.19%
2BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO PESO BOND FUND0.13%
3Philippine Business BankDiamond Fund0.11%
4BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO GS FUND0.02%
5Union BankUnionBank Philippine Peso Fixed Income Portfolio-0.23%
6BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationOdyssey Peso Medium Term Bond Fund-0.51%
7Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Aspire Bond Feeder Fund-0.56%
8Union BankUnionBank High Net Worth Medium-Term Peso Fixed Income Fund-0.59%
9Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Max-5 Bond Fund-0.61%
10BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO MERIT FUND MEDIUM TERM PORTFOLIO-0.87%
11Asia United BankPeso Investment Trust Fund-1.34%

PESO INTERMEDIATE-TERM BOND FUNDS (UITF)
Gains/Losses from January to April 2018

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

RankBANK / INSTITUTIONUITFJAN - APRIL 2018 RETURN %
1Union BankUnionBank Medium Term Fixed Income Portfolio1.21%
2China Banking CorporationCBC INTERMEDIATE FIXED-INCOME FUND0.45%
3Union BankUnionBank High Net Worth Intermediate-Term Peso Fixed Income Fund0.39%
4Philippine National BankPNB PESO INTERMEDIATE TERM BOND FUND (formerly AUP GS FUND)0.36%
5Union BankUnionBank Infinity Prime Fund0.20%
6BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Premium Bond Fund0.14%
7EastWest Banking CorporationEastWest Peso Intermediate Term Bond Fund0.10%
8BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO MERIT FUND INTERMEDIATE TERM PORTFOLIO-0.06%
9Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Max-3 Bond Fund-0.12%
10Manulife Asset Management and Trust Corporation (MAMTC)Manulife Stable Income Fund (Class A)No Data
11Manulife Asset Management and Trust Corporation (MAMTC)Manulife Stable Income Fund (Class I)No Data

PESO MONEY MARKET FUNDS (UITF)
Gains/Losses from January to April 2018

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

RankBANK / INSTITUTIONUITFJAN - APRIL 2018 RETURN %
1China Banking CorporationChina Bank Institutional Money Market Fund0.84%
2Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Short Term Fund0.80%
3Development Bank of the PhilippinesUNLAD KAWANI MONEY MARKET FUND0.75%
4BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Money Market Fund0.75%
5BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO INSTITUTIONAL CASH RESERVE FUND0.75%
6Philippine National BankPNB INSTITUTIONAL MONEY MARKET FUND0.74%
7RCBC SavingsRCBC Savings Bank Peso Money Market UITF0.74%
8BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO SHORT TERM FUND0.71%
9Development Bank of the PhilippinesCLASS I - UNLAD PANIMULA MM FUND0.69%
10BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Short Term Fund0.69%
11Philippine National BankPNB GLOBAL FILIPINO PESO MONEY MARKET FUND0.68%
12Development Bank of the PhilippinesCLASS II - UNLAD PANIMULA MM FUND0.67%
13Security Bank CorporationSB PESO MONEY MARKET FUND0.67%
14Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Money Market Fund0.67%
15Philippine National BankPNB DREAM BUILDER MONEY MARKET FUND0.66%
16Development Bank of the PhilippinesCLASS III - UNLAD PANIMULA MM FUND0.66%
17EastWest Banking CorporationEastWest Peso Money Market Fund0.65%
18Rizal Commercial Banking CorporationRIZAL PESO CASH MANAGEMENT FUND0.64%
19Rizal Commercial Banking CorporationRIZAL PESO MONEY MARKET0.64%
20BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO PERA SHORT TERM FUND0.64%
21LandBank of the PhilippinesLANDBANK Money Market Fund0.64%
22United Coconut Planters BankUCPB Cash Management Fund (Formerly United Cash Management Fund)0.63%
23EastWest Banking CorporationEast West Peso Short Term Fund0.62%
24AB CapitalAB CAPITAL SHORT-TERM FUND0.62%
25China Banking CorporationCBC MONEY MARKET FUND0.60%
26Philippine Savings BankPSBANK MONEY MARKET FUND0.60%
27Philippine National BankPNB PRIME PESO MONEY MARKET FUND0.59%
28ATRAM Trust CorporationATRAM Peso Money Market Fund0.57%
29China Banking CorporationCBC SHORT-TERM FUND0.56%
30BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO PESO MONEY MARKET FUND0.56%
31Asia United BankPeso Money Market Fund0.56%
32CTBC Bank (Philippines) Corp.CTBC Money Market Fund0.54%
33Bank of CommerceDIVERSITY MONEY MARKET FUND0.53%
34Robinsons BankRBank Peso Money Market Fund0.50%
35LandBank of the PhilippinesLANDBANK Money Market Plus Fund0.48%
36Union BankUnionBank Peso Short Term Fixed Income Portfolio0.26%
37Philippine Bank of CommunicationsSIGNATURE TRUST FUND0.19%
38Sterling Bank of AsiaSterling Money Market FundNo Data

Recap: What are UITF?

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 offered by banks or investment trust corporations, 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 the 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: PinoyMoneyTalk’s Performance Report is only for information purposes and is not meant to replace a finance professional’s advice or to solicit any investments. Note that a fund’s past performance is not and cannot be a guarantee of future returns. 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.







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  1. james says:

    It’s better to invest your money in UITF than in a regular savings account.

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