Unit Investment Trust Funds (UITFs)

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What is a UITF (Unit Investment Trust Fund)?

A UITF is a curated investment fund managed by experts to ensure high yield and quality returns. It’s the perfect investment option if you don’t have the time or knowledge for actual stock trading because it lets experts manage your investments through securities, bonds, equities, and other best-in-class instruments.

We have UITFs for every risk appetite

MODERATELY CONSERVATIVE

SB Money Market Fund

Past Year Performance

MODERATE

SB Peso Bond Fund

 

Past Year Performance

MODERATE

SB Dollar Bond Fund

 

Past Year Performance

AGGRESSIVE

SB Philippine Equity Index Fund

Past Year Performance
Fund Updates Available

AGGRESSIVE

SB High Dividend Peso Equity Fund

Past Year Performance

AGGRESSIVE

SB Peso Equity Fund

Past Year Performance

AGGRESSIVE

SB Peso Asset Variety Fund

Past Year Performance

Compare UITFs
SB Money Market Fund SB Peso Bond Fund SB Dollar Bond Fund SB Peso Asset Variety Fund SB Philippine Equity Index Fund SB High Dividend Peso Equity Fund SB Peso Equity Fund
Recommended Investment Time Horizon 6 Months-1 Year At least 1 Year At least 1 Year 1-3 Years 1-3 Years 1-3 Years 1-3 Years
Minimum Investment PHP 10,000 PHP 10,000 $ 1,000 PHP 10,000 PHP 10,000 PHP 10,000 PHP 10,000
Minimum Additional Participation PHP 5,000 PHP 5,000 $ 100 PHP 5,000 PHP 5,000 PHP 5,000 PHP 5,000
Trust Fees per Annum 0.35% 1.00% 0.75% 1.50% 1.00% 1.50% 1.50%

Why Invest in our UITFs

Diversification

Investments (and risk) are spread across various asset baskets industry wide.

Liquidity

You can subscribe and redeem on any banking day.

Affordability

You can start investing in UITFs with just P10,000.

Professional Fund Management

Seasoned fund managers constantly monitor markets for opportunites.

Transparency

You can check the value of your investment daily with NAVPU.

Regulated Product

Management and regulation of UITFs are governed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a UITF?

A UITF (or Unit Investment Trust Fund) is an open-ended pooled trust fund denominated in pesos or any acceptable currency, which is operated and administered by a trust entity. Each UITF Fund is governed by a Declaration of Trust (or Plan Rules) which contains the mechanics for investing, operating, and administering the fund. The funds are then invested by a team of professional portfolio managers in various other deposits and securities. Individuals and institutions take part in the UITF by purchasing units of participation in the fund.

2. What is the difference between Mutual Fund and UITF?

UITFs and Mutual Funds are both investment vehicles where you join other investors and companies to pool a fund, which will be handled by a professional fund manager. This fund will be invested in a diversified basket of stocks, bonds, and other similar funds. Investing in UITFs buys you units in the fund while investing in Mutual Funds buys you shares. In addition, most Mutual Funds charge a front-end load, which can be as much as 2% of the initial investment, while UITFs typically do not.

3. What are the fees involved?

The trustee shall charge the fund for management fees, taxes and qualified expenses. The trust fee shall differ for each type of fund and will cover the costs of investment research, management, marketing and routine administrative expenses of the trustee. Note that the taxes are already withheld by the trustee so the NAVPU is already net of fees and taxes.

4. What are the risks of investing in a UITF?

Because the assets of the UITF are valued based on the prevailing market price, there is a possibility that investments in the fund may go up or down. There are no guarantees of principal nor income. Losses, if any, shall be for the risk of the UITF investors. UITFs are governed by BSP regulations but are not deposit products, hence are not covered by the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC).

5. What does “open-ended pooled trust fund” mean?

A UITF is an open-ended investment, meaning the fund will continue to be managed with no predefined term or termination date. It is up to the investor to determine how long he wants to keep his funds invested.

6. What does “made available by participation” mean?

A client invests in a UITF by purchasing units of participation in the fund. The units of participation represent the investor’s proportionate share in the total value of the fund. As an investor in the fund, the client does not own any specific asset of the fund, only a proportionate share in all of the fund’s assets.

7. How is a fund different from a bank deposit?

There are several major differences between UITF investments and bank deposits. First, the UITF is a trust product and is managed by the Trust Department of the bank. Second, investments in the UITF are marked to market. Their value can go up or down on a daily basis, depending on the market value of the underlying investments. Third, there is no guaranteed rate of return that the fund will provide. For reference, the fund’s past performance is available. However, it is important to note that past performance is not necessarily indicative of future performance. Fourth, as a result of the daily fluctuations in market value, the principal is not protected. Fifth, the UITF is not covered by PDIC Insurance.

8. How can an investor compare the performance of the trustee versus other trust entities?

All trust entities offering UITF products are required to publish the fund’s prevailing NAVPU as well as the year-on-year and the year-to-date return on investment in major dailies at least once a week. The investor should, however, compare performance of products with similar investment parameters for a more objective evaluation.

9. How is a UITF valued?

The UITFs are valued using the mark to market (MTM) method. The term “mark to market” means that the underlying investments of the fund are valued at “fair market value” or the current price at which that asset can be bought or sold. With MTM, investors get an accurate indication of what their units are currently worth.

Net Asset Value (NAV) – The Net Asset Value of the fund is the sum total of all the funds’ underlying assets less fees and liabilities.

Net Asset Value per Unit (NAVPU) – The NAVPU represents the price per unit of participation. It is computed as the NAV divided by the total number of units of participation in the fund.

10. Which NAVPU is used when I subscribe or redeem?

When an investor subscribes to the fund, the number of units that he will obtain will be based on the NAVPU that will be released at the end of the banking day. Similarly, when an investor redeems, the NAVPU that will be used for computing the redemption proceeds is the NAVPU that will be published at the end of the day.

11. Can a client invest in more than one type of UITF?

Yes. Clients may diversify their investments across various UITFs as long as the funds are in line with their own investment objective and they can tolerate the risks involved with the funds.

12. Which type of UITF is suitable to an investor?

When choosing a UITF, an investor should identify their needs and goals and match them against the investment parameters of the product. To determine the clients’ suitability to a fund, the following factors have to be considered: investment capacity, or the amount available for investment; investment horizon, or how long a client can stay in the fund; risk profile, or how much price volatility the client is willing to take; and investment objective; whether client wants income or capital growth.

13. Is there an indicative or guaranteed rate of return for UITF products?

No. Since UITFs are subject to the mark to market valuation method, the NAVPU may fluctuate depending on the volatility of the market. The return figures published by Security Bank only represent how the fund has performed in the past. This does not necessarily mean that the fund will give the same return over a similar period of time in the future.

14. How do investors keep track of the value of the UITF investment?

After subscribing into the UITFs, the client will receive a Confirmation of Participation or COP which states the total number of units that the investor was able to buy, and at what NAVPU those units were bought at. The investor can find out the value of his current investments by multiplying the total number of units he holds by the latest available NAVPU, which is published daily on the Security Bank website at https://www.securitybank.com/market-information/navpu/

15. When does the investor get the proceeds of the UITF investment?

Payment to the investor will depend on the settlement period prescribed by the trustee. This may vary depending on the nature and settlement convention of the investments of the UITF product.

16. In what instruments can a trustee invest the fund?

The character and kind of investments which may be made by the trustee depend on the investment parameters set forth in the UITF Declaration of Trust or Plan Rules. BSP Regulations, however, prescribe that UITF fund investments shall be limited to bank deposits, securities issued by or guaranteed by the Philippine government or the BSP, tradable securities issued by the government of a foreign country, any political subdivision of a foreign country or any supranational entity, exchange listed securities, marketable instruments that are traded in an organized exchange, loans traded in an organized market, such other tradable investments as the BSP may allow.

Disclaimer: 1The contents herein are intended for qualified investors or buyers and not for the financially unsophisticated investors. This material is not intended to be comprehensive and does not purport to contain all the information that a prospective investor may require. The investor should not rely solely thereon without making any independent analysis or research on the topic therein. This material is not intended as a substitute for sound investment or risk management advice. No representation or warranty as to its accuracy, reasonableness or completeness, express or implied is hereby made. Past performance is not indicative of future returns. Returns may fluctuate depending on market price movements. In no case shall this material be taken as an offer to engage in investment or trading. The contents are herein subject to change without prior notice.2The NAVPU is only indicative of the value of investment as of a certain date. However, for redemption, please note that the NAVPU will be not be known until the end of a certain business date.3Investments in UITFs are trust agreements, not deposit accounts. They do not have a guaranteed rate of return and are not insured by the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC). Any loss or income of the fund is for the account of the Trustor/Investor. Historical performance, when presented, is purely for reference and not a guarantee of future results. Charges made against the fund are in the form of trust fees, taxes and qualified expenses. The Trustee (Security Bank – Trust Division) is not liable for the losses except for gross negligence, fraud or bad faith.

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