Retail Treasury Bonds (RTBs)

Low risk, fixed term investments issued by the Philippine Government to help you invest in a better future.

Overview

Retail Treasury Bonds (RTBs) are medium to long-term investments issued by the Philippine government. They form part of the Government’s program to make securities available to small investors.

Whether you’re an individual or a corporation, RTBs allow you to invest and grow your money with very low risk of losing. It’s considered a fixed income security, which means that you earn a fixed interest rate based on the principal market given on a quarterly basis.

This is for investors looking for:

  • A low-risk investment
  • An accessible investment
  • A higher-yielding investment

For more information about Retail Treasury Bonds, visit Bureau of Treasury‘s website.

Terms of Offering

Issuer Philippine Government through the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr)
Maturity Date 3 Years from Issue Date
Issue & Redemption Price At par (or 100% of face value)
Interest Rate 4.875% (subject to 20% final withholding tax except for tax-exempt institutions)
Interest Payments Quarterly
Minimum Investment Minimum of PhP5,000.00 and integral multiples thereof
Public Offer Period May 30 – June 8, 2018
Issue Date June 13, 2018

Why Invest in Retail Treasury Bonds?

Low-Risk Investment

Retail Treasury Bonds are direct and unconditional obligations of the Republic of the Philippines.

Higher-yielding Investments

They offer fixed quarterly interest income compared to other financial instruments.

Pay Frequent Cash Flows

Interest payments will be made quarterly, compared to regular treasury bonds which pay interest semi-annually.

Liquid

They can easily be bought or sold in the secondary market through PDEX accredited brokers like Security Bank.

Ready to Invest?

About RTBs
  1. What are Retail Treasury Bonds (RTBs)? The RTBs are part of the government’s savings mobilization program designed to make government securities available to retail investors, hence, the name Retail Treasury Bonds. They are issued by the Republic of the Philippines through the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr). This issue of the RTBs will have a maturity of 3 years. Interest will be paid quarterly compared to the regular Treasury Bonds which are paid semi-annually.
  2. Why invest in RTBs? The RTBs are designed to be a low-risk, higher yielding and affordable savings instrument. They are considered credit risk-free /default free because they are direct, unconditional and general obligations of the Republic of the Philippines. RTBs are higher-yielding, as their interest rates are superior to other investments. RTBs are affordable. The minimum denomination is only PHP 5,000 and in multiples of PHP 5,000 thereafter.

Source: treasury.gov.ph

How to Invest in RTBs
  1. Who can purchase the RTBs? The RTBs aim to cater to retail investors such as individuals and corporations who are looking for a low-risk, accessible and higher-yielding investment for their savings.
  2. When and where can an investor purchase RTBs? The RTBs will be sold to the public during the Offer Period which is scheduled from May 30 – June 8, 2018. This is the designated period given to the public to subscribe to the RTBs through the Issue Managers and the other Selling Agents. Since only a limited amount of RTBs will be issued, the BTr has the option to shorten the Offer Period. The terms and conditions applicable to the RTBs as well as copies of the complete documentation will be made available by each of the Issue Managers and Selling Agents during the Public Offer Period. After the Public Offer Period investors may still purchase the RTBs in the secondary market at prevailing market rates.
  3. How does an investor participate in the PO? Investors may purchase the RTBs over the counter from the Selling Agents, subject to the documentary and minimum investment requirements of each Selling Agent. Payment procedures for investments in RTBs may vary per Selling Agent. Investors will be required to open a peso deposit account or designate an existing peso account where interest and principal payments of the RTBs will be credited.

Source: treasury.gov.ph

Ownership of RTBs
  1. What are the risks involved in investing in RTBs? The RTBs are considered having the lowest creditrisk because they represent the direct and unconditional obligation of the government, thereby enjoying the highest certainty of payment. The yield is assured if the investor holds on to the bond until maturity, otherwise it will be subject to interest rate risk depending on the prevailing market rate at the time the RTBs are sold in the secondary market.
  2. What is an investor’s proof of ownership? The Selling Agents will sell the RTBs to individuals and other investors on a non-recourse basis, documented through confirmation of outright sale (COS) / confirmation advise issued by the Selling Agents in favor of the investor. Investors may pick up this Confirmation of Sale a few days after the close of the Public Offer period from the offices of the Selling Agents. No certificate will be issued to investors, as their ownership will be registered electronically under the BTr’s Registry of Scripless Securities.
  3. Can an investor sell his RTBs after the Issue Date? RTBs are considered marketable securities and have historically enjoyed a secondary market. The Selling Agents from whom the RTBs were purchased may assist the investor, on a best-efforts basis, in selling the RTBs in the secondary market at prevailing market rates. At the time of sale, the RTBs may trade at a premium or discount to face value.
  4. Are RTBs tax-free? Interest income on RTBs is subject to the 20% final withholding tax. Only tax-exempt institutions, duly-certified as such by the Bureau of Internal Revenue, are exempt from payment of the 20% final withholding tax.
  5. Does the BTr incorporate Gender and Development Initiatives in its programs? Yes, it does and this RTB issuance is supportive of the BTR’s Gender and Development initiatives on empowering women through financial inclusion. RTBs is geared to increase awareness and provide alternative and safer investment options which will contribute to improved socio-economic condition of Filipino.

Source: treasury.gov.ph

Offer FAQs
  1. If I already have an existing account with the bank I want to buy RTBs from, do I need to open another account specifically for this investment? No, any Peso Account, even an existing one would do. This is where the interest payments will be credited to.
  2. Our client is a tax exempt institution but their certification of exemption is dated 2006. They have a pending request for a certification since last year but BIR has not issued a new certification yet. Can they submit the 2006 certification to avail of the RTB? The institution must have to wait for the BIR certification for them to be exempted from tax prior to availing RTBs.
  3. Are the terms of this RTB the same as those of the RTB issued three years ago? The REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES (the “Republic”), acting through the Bureau of the Treasury (the “BTr”), hereby adopts the foregoing amendments to the Program Mechanics dated 09 June 2003 (the “Program Mechanics”), as follows:Sections 9(a) and 9(b) (“Events of Default”) are hereby amended to read:
    1. the Republic fails to pay when due any amount payable by the Republic hereunder and such failure continues for thirty (30) days;
    2. the Republic defaults in the performance or observance of, or compliance with, any of its obligations under the Retail Treasury Bonds (other than payment obligations) and such default continues for a period of sixty (60) days after notice of such default has been given to the Republic;”
  4. Where do proceeds of the RTBs go? How does the National Government make use of the funds? The NG can use the funds to refinance its existing debts. Due to the investment grade status of the Republic of the Philippines, the government can now borrow on better credit terms. But more importantly, the funds will be used to fund economic programs of the government, inclusive of infrastructure development and social services.
  5. Is my principal investment guaranteed even if I sell before maturity? Depending on the prevailing market rates during the time of the sell down, there is a possibility that the proceeds may be lower than the principal investment.
  6. Why are there fees involved when the RTBs are traded in the secondary market? The fees represent payment of the service provided by the brokers and of the fixed income trading platforms where the RTBs are traded.
  7. Are RTBs government guaranteed? No because it the government itself is the issuer so it cannot guarantee itself but it is a direct liability of the sovereign to the holder so it is a virtually risk free investment.
  8. Can the RTBs be pre-terminated? No, RTBs cannot be pre-terminated. However, they can be sold through the secondary market.

Source: treasury.gov.ph

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