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The Best Bank UITF in the Philippines (Jan-March 2017)

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Best UITF Investment in the Philippines

The first three months of 2017 are over! It’s time now to revisit the 1st Quarter performance of Unit Investment Trust Funds or UITFs, which are investments offered by banks in the Philippines.

Let’s see which bank UITF are the winners and losers this quarter!

Displayed below are the returns of each UITF at the end of the 1st Quarter of 2017. We rank them from the best-performing, in terms of gains generated, to the worst performing funds.

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.

Financial institutions, such as banks, typically offer UITFs in the Philippines. What they do is pool funds from investors and manage these funds collectively, with the income being distributed to all investors of the fund. UITFs are very similar to Mutual Funds, but they still have various differences.

To learn more about Investing in UITFs, check out our resource guide below:

UITF Educational Resources

January-March 2017 UITF Performance Return

Ranking of Philippine Equity UITF (PSEi Index Tracker Funds)

Bank / InstitutionUITFJan - March 2017 Return %
United Coconut Planters BankUCPB Philippine Index Equity Fund7.97%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro PSEi Tracker Fund7.64%
BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO Equity Index Fund7.42%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Philippine Equity Index Fund7.40%
Union BankUnionBank Philippine Equity Index Tracker Fund Portfolio7.27%
EastWest Banking CorporationEastWest PSEi Tracker Fund7.18%
Security Bank CorporationSB Philippine Equity Index Fund6.94%
ATRAM Trust CorporationATRAM Philippine Equity Smart Index Fund6.64%
Philippine National BankPNB EnhancedPhil-Index Reference Fund5.55%
LandBank of the PhilippinesLANDBANK Equity Index Fund3.19%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Philippine Consumer Equity Index FundNo data
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Philippine Infrastructure Equity Index FundNo data

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

Ranking of Philippine Equity UITF (Managed Equity Funds)

Bank / InstitutionUITFJan - March 2017 Return %
BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO Focused Equity Fund11.26%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Aspire Equity Feeder Fund7.37%
United Coconut Planters BankUCPB Equity Fund (Formerly United Equity Fund)6.93%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Equity Value Fund6.89%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Equity Fund6.54%
Philippine Bank of CommunicationsValue Equity Fund6.34%
Asia United BankEquity Investment Trust Fund6.25%
Security Bank CorporationSB Peso Equity Fund6.24%
EastWest Banking CorporationEastWest PhilEquity Institutional Feeder Fund6.03%
China Banking CorporationCBC Equity Fund6.00%
EastWest Banking CorporationEastWest PhilEquity Feeder Fund5.96%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationOdyssey Philippine Equity Fund5.87%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationOdyssey High Conviction Equity Fund5.29%
BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO Institutional Equity Fund5.24%
Philippine National BankPNB Equity Fund (formerly AUP Equities Fund)4.92%
BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO ESG Equity Fund4.88%
BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO Equity Fund4.47%
Rizal Commercial Banking CorporationRIZAL Equity Fund3.15%
AB CapitalAB Capital Equity Fund3.06%
Union BankUnionBank Large Capitalization Philippine Equity Portfolio2.89%
ATRAM Trust CorporationATRAM Asia Equity Opportunity Feeder FundNo data

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

Ranking of Philippine Equity UITF (Dividend Funds)

Bank / InstitutionUITFJan - March 2017 Return %
BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO Sustainable Dividend Fund13.57%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Philippine High Dividend Equity Fund7.76%
United Coconut Planters BankUCPB High Dividend Fund6.44%
Security Bank CorporationSB High Dividend Peso Equity Fund6.16%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro High Dividend Yield Fund6.16%
China Banking CorporationChina Bank High Dividend Equity Fund5.83%
Union BankUnionBank Dividend Play Equity Portfolio3.00%
Philippine National BankPNB High Dividend Fund2.96%
ATRAM Trust CorporationATRAM Global Dividend Feeder FundNo data
Bank of CommerceDiversity Dividend Focused FundNo data
Union BankUnionBank Dividend Play Equity FundNo data

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

Ranking of Philippine Balanced UITF

Bank / InstitutionUITFJan - March 2017 Return %
China Banking CorporationCBC Balanced Fund4.55%
United Coconut Planters BankUCPB Balanced Fund (Formerly United Balanced Fund)4.31%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Balanced Fund3.65%
LandBank of the PhilippinesLANDBANK Growth Fund3.18%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationOdyssey Diversified Balanced Fund3.12%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Balanced Fund3.02%
BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO Peso Balanced Fund2.95%
Philippine National BankPNB Prestige Balanced Fund2.90%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Aspire Balanced Feeder Funds2.70%
Union BankUnionBank Peso Balanced Portfolio2.47%
Security Bank CorporationSB Peso Asset Variety Fund2.04%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationOdyssey Diversified Capital Fund1.90%
AB CapitalAB Capital Balanced Fund1.89%
Rizal Commercial Banking CorporationRIZAL Balanced Fund1.77%
Robinsons BankRBank Balanced Fund1.70%
Philippine Bank of CommunicationsBest Balanced Fund0.85%
Sterling Bank of AsiaSterling Balanced FundNo data

* 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.

Ranking of Philippine Money Market UITF

Bank / InstitutionUITFJan - March 2017 Return %
Philippine National BankPNB GLOBAL FILIPINO PESO MONEY MARKET FUND0.4806%
Philippine National BankPNB DREAM BUILDER MONEY MARKET FUND0.4789%
China Banking CorporationChina Bank Institutional Money Market Fund0.4664%
BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO INSTITUTIONAL CASH RESERVE FUND0.4642%
Rizal Commercial Banking CorporationRIZAL PESO CASH MANAGEMENT FUND0.4588%
Philippine National BankPNB INSTITUTIONAL MONEY MARKET FUND0.4508%
China Banking CorporationCBC MONEY MARKET FUND0.4485%
United Coconut Planters BankUCPB Cash Management Fund (Formerly United Cash Management Fund)0.4456%
Development Bank of the PhilippinesUNLAD KAWANI MONEY MARKET FUND0.4408%
Robinsons BankRBank Peso Money Market Fund0.4383%
Development Bank of the PhilippinesUNLAD PRIBADONG INSTITUSYON MONEY MARKET FUND0.432%
EastWest Banking CorporationEastWest Peso Money Market Fund0.4293%
Philippine National BankPNB PRIME PESO MONEY MARKET FUND0.4289%
Development Bank of the PhilippinesCLASS I - UNLAD PANIMULA MM FUND0.4177%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Money Market Fund0.4037%
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Money Market Fund0.3976%
Development Bank of the PhilippinesUNLAD PAMAHALAAN GS MONEY MARKET FUND0.3951%
Philippine Savings BankPSBANK MONEY MARKET FUND0.3889%
RCBC SavingsRCBC Savings Bank Peso Money Market UITF0.3855%
Rizal Commercial Banking CorporationRIZAL PESO MONEY MARKET0.3832%
Development Bank of the PhilippinesCLASS II - UNLAD PANIMULA MM FUND0.3777%
Security Bank CorporationSB PESO MONEY MARKET FUND0.3674%
BPI Asset Management and Trust CorporationBPI Short Term Fund0.3656%
Development Bank of the PhilippinesCLASS III - UNLAD PANIMULA MM FUND0.3603%
China Banking CorporationCBC SHORT-TERM FUND0.3484%
BDO Unibank, Inc.BDO PESO MONEY MARKET FUND0.3425%
Asia United BankPeso Money Market Fund0.3305%
LandBank of the PhilippinesLANDBANK Money Market Fund0.3296%
CTBC Bank (Philippines) Corp.CTBC Money Market Fund0.3257%
EastWest Banking CorporationEast West Peso Short Term Fund0.3102%
Union BankUnionBank Peso Short Term Fixed Income Portfolio0.2823%
AB CapitalAB CAPITAL SHORT-TERM FUND0.2729%
LandBank of the PhilippinesLANDBANK Money Market Plus Fund0.2429%
Philippine Bank of CommunicationsSIGNATURE TRUST FUND0.0699%
ATRAM Trust CorporationATRAM Peso Money Market Fund0.0533%
Bank of CommerceDIVERSITY MONEY MARKET FUNDNo data
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co.Metro Short Term FundNo data
Sterling Bank of AsiaSterling Money Market FundNo data

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

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 generated by the fund 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.

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