SB US Equity Index Feeder Fund

The SB US Equity Index Feeder Fund allows you to
invest in the world’s biggest economy.

About the Fund

The SB US Equity Index Feeder Fund aims to invest in large, mid, and small cap US equities with diversified growth and value styles through a Target Fund. The Fund seeks to track the performance of the CRSP US Total Market Index.

Client Suitability

The SB US Equity Index Feeder Fund is suitable for investors who:

  • Have an aggressive risk tolerance
  • Seek potentially higher returns through investments in US stocks and who can tolerate high price volatilities
  • Have the possibility to be exposed to capital losses given the volatile nature of the US equity market
  • Have an investment horizon of at least 3 years
Fund Type Equity Index Feeder Fund
Inception Date July 2, 2018
Benchmark CRSP US Total Market Index
Initial NAVPU USD 1.00
Business Day A day (other than a Saturday or Sunday) on which banks are generally open for the transaction of business in Manila, Philippines and is a Banking Day of the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (the “Target Fund”).
Target Fund Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF
Order Date (T) Any Business Day within the Subscription Cut-Off Time and/or Redemption Cut-Off Time.
Trade Date (T) A Business Day where the subscription and/or redemption order is executed. Order Date is the Trade Date.
Redemption & Subscription Cut-Off Time Up to 1:30pm of any Business Day
Subscription Settlement Date On Order Date
Redemption Settlement Date Up to seven (7) Business Days after receipt of Redemption Notice and/or Redemption Confirmation within the Redemption Cut-Off Time.
Valuation Date The Business Day at which the Fund’s assets are valued. In case of Subscription and/or Redemption, the Valuation Date is the Trade Date.
Trust Fee (p.a.) Class A: 0.71% Class B: 0.51% Class F: 0.51%
Other Notes

Applicable holidays for this Fund: US and Philippine holidays

Class Minimum Initial Participation Minimum Subsequent Participation Minimum Redemption Minimum Holding Amount
Class A USD1,000.00 USD500.00 USD500.00 USD1,000.00
Class B USD5,000.00 USD1,000.00 USD1,000.00 USD5,000.00
Class F USD5,000.00 USD1,000.00 USD1,000.00 USD5,000.00

Class A – This Unit Class is open to all individuals and institutions and it is recommended but not limited to those who want to invest in small amounts. This is for individuals and Institutions looking for the flexibility to be able to invest in small amounts with no commitments of additional future subscriptions.

Class B – This Unit Class is only open to institutional investors that are duly registered with Securities and Exchange Commission and existing under the laws of the Philippines, such as partnerships, corporations, government financial institutions, educational institutions, organizations, and foundations, all subscribing on their own behalf, and the structures which such Institutional investors put into place for the management of their own assets. This is for institutions who deal in very large amounts and foresee themselves making very large individual transactions.

Class F – This Unit Class is open to individual investors that meet the Minimum Initial Participation required for the F Unit Class. This is primarily intended for High Net Worth Individuals looking to invest in the amount of USD 5,000 and above and foresee themselves making additional investments in the amount of USD 1,000 and above.

*High Net Worth (HNI) refers to a Wealth Management customer

Investment Commentary

The major averages managed to wrap up a solid month, although volatility has picked up amid concerns about the economic recovery in the face of the spreading delta variant. The Nasdaq and Dow added about 1.2% and 1.3% respectively in July, while the broad S&P 500 gained close to 2.3% over the same period. Utilities, health care, real estate and technology stocks have led the S&P 500 higher for the month, while energy and financials have lagged.

According to JP Morgan, based on 52% of S&P 500 companies that have reported so far, 90% are beating 2nd quarter earnings and 86% are beating revenue estimates. Earnings have surprised to the upside by 21.4% (vs 22.4% on average through past 4 quarters) and 18.2% (ex-financials). For companies that have reported, 2nd quarter revenue growth is around 23.8% year-over-year and net income growth is 89.8%. 4.2% revenue and 29.1% earnings surprise for cyclicals driven primarily by strong beats within financials.

UBS conducted a survey of 450 US firms to assess management expectations on profit drivers, capital allocation, and policy impacts. CEO and CFO expectations for profit growth over the next 12 months increased significantly, back to pre-Covid levels. Sales growth expectations recovered back to pre-COVID levels while 2-year outlooks for volumes/customer demand jumped the most across profit drivers. Large firm profit growth expectations remain elevated and resilient, while smaller firm outlooks recovered and narrowed the small versus large expectations gap. Across sectors, tech and industrials firms had the most positive outlooks for profit growth, followed by energy and financials.

2nd quarter GDP accelerated 6.5% on an annualized basis. That was slightly better than the 6.3% gain in the first quarter, which was revised down narrowly. While that would have been strong prior to the pandemic, the gain was considerably less than the 8.4% Dow Jones estimate. The overall increase came thanks to the increasing personal expenditures, which rose 11.8% as consumers accounted for 69% of all activity. In the years prior to the pandemic, the 2nd quarter gain would have been the strongest since the 3rd quarter of 2003.

The consumer price index increased 5.4% from a year earlier, the largest jump since August 2008, just before the worst of the financial crisis. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting a 5% gain. Stripping out volatile food and energy prices, the core CPI rose 4.5%, the sharpest move for that measure since September 1991 and well above the estimate of 3.8%. Inflation surged in June at its fastest pace in nearly 13 years amid a burst in used vehicle costs and price increases in food and energy.

In prepared remarks, Chair Powell removed the language that the taper decision is still a “ways off.” However, he also said that they will give advance notice before a taper announcement. The former suggests that the decision is not a 2022 story. The latter significantly reduces the probability of a September announcement as it confirms that the communication at this meeting does not constitute advance notice on the taper decision. The presser had several ingredients that suggested a more dovish tone than what the statement conveyed. For example, Chair Powell said that the labor market is
“some way away” from achieving substantial progress and there was “more ground to cover.” Also, he showed confidence that inflation will come back down although flagged risks in the near term are to the upside

Disclaimer: The contents herein are intended for general information purposes only and should not be used as basis for making decisions nor should it be regarded as a substitute for specific professional advice. No representation or warranty as to its accuracy, reasonableness, or completeness, express or implied, is hereby made. The views and opinions expressed in this article does not pertain to any opinion, representation or position of SBC Trust in whole or in part. SBC Trust denies any liability that may arise out of any loss or may result in actual, direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential damage from the use or reliance on any information provided.

Target Fund Information and Performance

FUND FACTS

Target Fund Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF
Benchmark CRSP US Total Market Index
Expense ratio 0.03%
Dividend schedule Quarterly
ETF total net assets $252,830 Million
Inception date May 24, 2001

TOP TEN HOLDINGS

Apple Inc. 4.9%
Microsoft Corp. 4.6%
Amazon.com Inc. 3.3%
Alphabet Inc. 3.2%
Facebook Inc. 1.9%
Tesla Inc. 1.2%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. 1.1%
NVIDIA Corp. 1.1%
JPMorgan Chase & Co 1.1%
Johnson & Johnson 1.0%

CUMULATIVE PERFORMANCE

Period 1 Month 3 Month 6 Month 1 Year 2 years
Class A 1.79% 4.15% 15.87% 37.18% 47.78%
Class B 1.80% 4.20% 15.98% 37.45% 48.37%
Class F 1.80% 4.20% 15.98% 37.45% 48.37%
Benchmark 1.71% 4.76 17.60% 39.74% 54.07%

How to order

  1. You need to have an SB Dollar Account to invest. No dollar account yet? Click here to open an account.
  2. Fill up the UITF Application Form completely.
  3. Wait for a call from our investment specialist.

Why Invest?

Diversification

Investments (and risk) are spread across various assets industry-wide.

Liquidity

You can subscribe and redeem on any banking day.

Affordability

You can start investing in UITFs with just $1,000 (SB dollar account required).

Transparency

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

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Key Risks

Interest Rate Risk – This is the possibility for the Fund to experience losses due to changes in interest rates. The purchase and sale of a debt instrument may result in profits or losses because the value of a debt instrument changes inversely with prevailing interest rates. The Fund’s investment portfolio, being marked-to-market, is affected by the changes in interest rates thereby affecting the values of the fixed-income investments of the Fund such as government securities and corporate bonds. Interest rate changes may affect the prices of fixed income securities inversely, i.e. as interest rates rise, bonds prices fall and when interest rates decline, bond prices rise. As the prices of the bonds held by the Fund adjust to a rise or a drop in interest rates, the Fund’s share price measure by the NAVPU will decline or increase accordingly.

Market/Price Risk – This is the possibility for the Fund to experience losses due to changes in market prices of equities or bonds. It is the exposure to the uncertain market value of these investments due to price fluctuations. It is the risk of the Fund to lose value due to a decline in securities prices, which may sometimes happen rapidly. The value of investments fluctuates over a given time period because of general market conditions, economic changes, or other events that impact large portions of the market such as political events, natural calamities, etc. As a result, the NAVPU may increase to make a profit or decrease to incur a loss.

Liquidity Risk – This is the possibility for the Fund to experience losses due to the inability to sell or convert the investments into cash immediately or in instances where conversion to cash is possible but at a loss. This may be caused by different reasons such as trading in securities with small or few outstanding issues, absence of buyers, limited buy/sell activity or an underdeveloped capital market. Liquidity risk occurs when certain investments in the Fund’s portfolio may be difficult or impossible to sell at a particular time which may prevent allowing withdrawal from the account with until its assets can be converted to cash. Even government securities which are the most liquid fixed income securities may be subjected to liquidity risk particularly when a sizeable volume is involved.

Credit Risk/Default Risk – This is the possibility for the Fund to experience losses due to a borrower’s or issuer’s failure to pay principal and/or interest in a timely manner on instruments such as bonds, loans, or other forms of security which the borrower issued. This inability of the borrower/issuer to make good on its financial obligations may be a result of adverse changes in its financial condition, thus, lowering credit quality of the security, and consequently lowering the price (market/price risk) which contributes to the difficulty in selling such security in the open market (liquidity risk). The decline in the value of the Fund happens when the default/failure of the issuer to pay its obligation would make the price of the security go down and may make the security difficult to sell. When this happens, the Fund’s NAVPU will be affected by a decline in value.

Counterparty Risk – This is the possibility for the Fund to be exposed to risks relating to the credit standing of its counterparties and to their ability to fulfill the conditions of the contracts it enters into with them. In the event of a bankruptcy or insolvency of a counterparty, the Fund could experience delays in liquidating the position and incur losses, including declines in the value of its investment during the period in which the fund seeks to enforce its rights, inability to realize gains on its investment during such period and fees and expenses incurred in enforcing its rights under the contracts. There is also a possibility that the above contracts are terminated due, for instance, to bankruptcy, supervening illegality or change in the tax or accounting laws relative to those at the time the contracts were originated.

Reinvestment Risk – This is the risk associated with the possibility of having lower returns or earnings when maturing funds or the interest earnings of funds are reinvested. Investors in the UITF who redeem and realize their gains run the risk of reinvesting their funds in an alternative investment outlet with lower yields. Similarly, SBC-Trust is faced with the risk of not being able to find good or better alternative investment outlets as some of the securities in the fund matures.

In the case of foreign currency-denominated security or in case investing in Target Funds through Feeder Funds that are foreign currency denominated funds, the UITF is also exposed to the following risks:

Foreign Exchange Risk – This is the possibility for the Fund to experience losses due to fluctuations in foreign exchange rates. The exchange rates depend upon a variety of global and local factors such as interest rates, economic performance, and political developments. It is the risk of the Fund to currency fluctuations when the value of such investments denominated in currencies other than the base currency (Peso) depreciates. Conversely, it is the risk of the Fund to lose value when the base currency (Peso) appreciates. The NAVPU of a peso-denominated Fund invested in foreign currency-denominated securities may decrease to incur losses when the peso appreciates.

Country Risk – This is the possibility for the Fund to experience losses arising from investments in securities issued by/in foreign countries due to changes in the political, economic, and social structures of such countries. There are risks in foreign investments due to the possible internal and external conflicts, currency devaluations, foreign ownership limitations, and fiscal/monetary policies of the foreign country involved which are difficult to predict but must be taken into account in making such investments.

Emerging Markets Risk – The possibility for the Fund to invest in less developed or emerging markets. Investing in emerging markets may carry a higher risk than investing in developed markets. The securities markets of less developed or emerging markets are generally smaller, less developed, less liquid and more volatile than the securities markets of developed markets. The risk of significant fluctuations in the Net Asset Value and of the suspension of redemptions in these types of funds may be higher than for funds investing in major markets.

Equity Risk – The value of the Fund that invests in equity and equity-related securities will be affected by the economic, political, market, sectoral, and issuer-specific changes. Such changes may adversely affect securities, regardless of the Fund’s specific performance. Additionally, different industries, financial markets, and securities can react differently to these changes. Such fluctuations of the Fund’s value are often exacerbated in the short-term as well. The risk that one or more companies in the Fund’s portfolio will fall, or fail, or rise, can adversely affect the overall portfolio performance in any given period.

Stock Market Cyclical and Concentration Risk – Stock markets tend to move in cycles, with periods of rising prices and periods of falling prices that will affect the Fund’s performance. In addition, the Fund’s targeted actual index may, at times, become focused in stocks of a particular market sector, which would subject the Fund to proportionately higher exposure to the risks of that sector.

Index Sampling Risk – The possibility that the securities selected for the Fund, in the aggregate, will not provide investment performance matching that of the Fund’s targeted actual index and its respective composition given the margin of variance allowed for the Fund.

Taxation
  • Except when specifically required by law, the Trustee shall have no responsibility to withhold income or other taxes on revenues from the Fund.
  • Each participant should consult its own tax advisor as to the specific tax consequences of his/her investment in and redemption of units of participation in the Fund, including the applicability and effect of local and national laws of the Philippines, as well as consequences arising under the laws of any other taxing jurisdiction.
Disclaimer

The contents herein are intended for general information purposes only and should not be used as basis for making decisions nor should it be regarded as a substitute for specific professional advice. No representation or warranty as to its accuracy, reasonableness, or completeness, express or implied, is hereby made. The views and opinions expressed in this article does not pertain to the any opinion, representation or position of SBC Trust in whole or in part. SBC Trust denies any liability that may arise out of any loss or may result in actual, direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential damage from the use or reliance on any information provided.

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