BPI UITF Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

BPI UITF Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


A. On Unit Investment Trust Funds (UITFs)


 

1. What is a Unit Investment Trust Fund (UITF)?

 
A UITF is an open-ended pooled trust fund denominated in pesos or any acceptable currency, which is operated and administered by a trust entity in accordance with the established Plan Rules of the Fund and made available by participation.
 

2. What are the Plan Rules of a UITF?

 
Each UITF is established, administered and maintained in accordance with a written trust agreement drawn by the trustee, referred to as the "Plan" or Plan Rules.  The Plan Rules contain minimum elements such as the name and classification of the fund, the manner by which the fund is to be operated, Investment powers of the trustee with respect to the fund, including the character and kind of investments, which may be purchased, by the fund and other matters necessary or proper to define clearly the rights of participants in the UITF.  The provisions of the plan shall govern participation in the UITF including the rights and benefits of persons having interest in such participation.
 

3. Do UITFs have a maturity date?

 
UITFs have no maturity date and are open ended. You can redeem units anytime. However, most UITFs in the market have a minimum holding period where redemption within the period will subject your redemption to an early redemption fee. Redemptions beyond the minimum holding period will not subject you to an early redemption fee.  For the BPI UITFs, we have removed the holding period to help you manage your liquidity better.
 

4. Are UITFs guaranteed?


No. UITFs are trust funds which do not carry any guarantee of income or of principal. They are not bank deposit products and are not guaranteed by the Bank of the Philippine Islands.
 

5. Are UITFs insured with the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC)?

 
Since UITFs are not deposit products, they are not covered by the PDIC.
 

6. How are the securities of the UITFs valued?

 
A UITF uses the mark to market method in valuing the fund’s securities. It is a valuation method which calculates the Net Asset Value (NAV) based on the estimated fair market value of the assets of the fund based on prices supplied by independent sources. The mark-to-market value takes into account the accrued interest (and dividends, where the fund is invested in equities) plus unrealized gains or losses of the investments given their prevailing market prices. As such, the Net Asset Value Per Unit (NAVPU) may fluctuate depending on the volatility of the prices of various assets held by the fund.
 

7. Why is there a need to use the mark-to-market method in valuing the UITFs?

 
The marked-to-market valuation provides the investor with a more accurate and fair value of his investments at any given time. It ensures that no participant is put at a disadvantage as a consequence of new investors coming into, or of existing investors getting out of, the fund. The marked-to-market methodology is in accordance with international best practice.
 

8. How is the Net Asset Value per unit determined?

 
This is based on the Net Asset Value of each unit of participation in the Fund. For each Fund, the NAVPU is computed daily by dividing the Net Asset Value of the Fund (Total Assets less Total Liabilities) by the total number of outstanding units of participation in the Fund.
 

9. What does a unit of participation represent?

 
It represents your pro-rata share of undivided ownership in a particular Fund. This means that you own a share of all the investments in the Fund rather than a specific investment in that Fund. 
 

10 Are the stated yields of time deposits or governments securities comparative to UITF yields?

 
Following international best practices, ROIs of the UITFs are stated based on absolute yields while the yields of government securities (like Treasury Bills), time deposits and other regular bank products are stated on an annualized basis. Yields of UITFs are normally presented in the following manner to show the funds performance in various periods: Year-to-date, Year-on-Year, Past 3 Years, Past 5 Years and Return since Inception.
 
Below is a sample illustration of what is the difference between an absolute and annualized yield:
 
i. Absolute Yield: An absolute yield is the actual ROI of a particular investment product during a specific time frame. To illustrate:
  1. Cost of investment is P1,000.00. After 30 days, the total market value is P1,010.00. The appreciation in value is P10.00. The absolute yield for 30 days is 1% (P10.00 / P1,000.00).
  2. Cost of investment is P1,000.00. After 3 months or 90 days, the total market value is P2,000.00. The appreciation in value is P1,000.00. The absolute yield for 3 months is 100%. (P1,000.00 / P1,000.00).
ii. Annualized yield. An annualized yield is when an absolute yield is converted to its per annum equivalent. To illustrate using the above examples:
  1. The equivalent annualized yield is 12% p.a. (or 1% x 12 months)
  2. The equivalent annualized yield is 400% p.a. (or 100% x 4 quarters).
 
 
 

B. On the BPI Unit Investment Trust Funds (BPI UITFs)


 

1. What are the BPI Unit Investment Trust Funds (BPI UITFs)?

 
The BPI Unit Investment Trust Funds (BPI UITFs) are collective investment vehicles where the investible cash of numerous investors are pooled together and invested by a fund manager with the aim of achieving a specific investment objective.
 
These funds provide investors with a simple and efficient way of investing their money in a wide selection of financial instruments and securities denominated in Philippine Pesos or U.S. Dollars. At present, the BPI UITFs consist of the following:
BPI UITFs
 

2. Do the BPI UITFs have a minimum holding period?

 
The BPI UITFs have no minimum holding to help you manage your liquidity better. Now you can redeem from your account whenever you need your funds without fear of the redemption penalty eating up on the proceeds of the redemption.
 

3. Who may invest in these BPI Unit Investment Trust Funds?

 
Any individual or association with an existing BPI deposit account may invest in the BPI UITFs. However, investment in the tax exempt funds shall be limited to tax-exempt institutions duly supported by a Bureau of Internal Revenue tax-exemption letter/certificate. Also, these tax exempt funds can only be opened at the Head Office.
 

4. How do I invest in these BPI UITFs?

 
You may invest in any of the Funds by opening an Investment Fund Account via the internet through BPI Expressonline or with the BPI Branch of your choice.
 
You only need to open one Investment Fund Account for both your Peso and Dollar investments. A client is requested to accomplish and submit an Account Opening Form (AOF) prior to opening of an investment account. The AOF includes likewise the Participation Trust Agreement which documents the client's participation to the UITF/s. To be able to invest you will have to nominate an existing BPI deposit account to be your settlement account. Investments into a Fund shall be debited from the settlement account and redemptions from a Fund shall be credited to the settlement account. The settlement account must be in the same currency as the Fund where you will invest. If you have both peso and dollar deposit accounts, you may opt to immediately nominate both accounts as your settlement account upon account application.
 
Prior to investing in the BPI UITFs, you have to undergo a Client Suitability Assessment to determine your risk tolerance and the suitable BPI UITFs corresponding to your profile. You will also be advised of the risks associated with the investing in UITFs through a Risk Disclosure Statement which indicates all the possible type of risks applicable to UITF investing and through the Explanatory Memo of the fund which summarizes the plan rules of the fund and states the specific risks borne by the investor.
 

5. How will I know if the BPI UITFs are the right investment product for me?

 
To help you determine if the BPI UITFs are the investment product for you, it is important that you go through the Client Suitability Assessment to determine the following:
  • Investment Objective: What is your objective? Is it capital preservation, regular income, capital appreciation, or wealth accumulation?
  • Investment Horizon or Time Frame: What is your investment time frame? Are you willing to remain invested in the medium term? UITFs are medium- to long-term investments because there are short-term volatility or price fluctuations.
  • Liquidity Requirements: Are you expecting to withdraw the periodic (e.g., monthly) earnings of your UITF investment? If so, please bear in mind that some periods may show high earnings while other periods may show low earnings or even unrealized losses for that period, in which case, there will be no earnings to withdraw for that period.
  • Risk Profile: What is your risk appetite? Are you willing to take risk in exchange for higher returns or are you risk averse and do not want to take any risk at all? It is important to bear in mind that the higher the risk, the higher the returns.
The result of your CSA will determine the different types of UITF products that are suitable to you.
 

6. What is the required minimum initial contribution, maintaining balance and minimum transaction amount for BPI UITFs?

 
BPI UITF Minimum
 

7. How do I add units of participation in a fund?

 
To add to your existing units of participation in a Fund, you simply purchase more units at the applicable NAVPu at any BPI branch or via the internet through BPI Expressonline., and soon via your smartphone through the BPI mobile app. To maximize your investment amount, you can purchase fractional units of participation.
 

8. How do I redeem from my investment account?

 
You may redeem from your investment account anytime during trading hours at any BPI branch or via the internet through BPI Expressonline and soon via your smartphone through the BPI mobile app.
 

9. What happens to the difference between the amount I ordered to be invested, and the actual amount debited from my deposit account and used to purchase UITF units?

 
The amount to be debited from your account shall not go beyond the indicated subscription amount in the order form and whatever the difference between the actual settlement amount and the order amount shall remain in your settlement account. The actual settlement amount shall be computed once the NAVPu for the day is available and your purchased units are known.
 

10. What will happen if I redeem and the market value of the remaining units of the fund will fall below the maintaining balance?

 
You will not be allowed to make partial redemptions if the market value of the remaining units will fall below the required maintaining balance of the fund. If you still wish to redeem then you would have to redeem all of your holdings in the said fund.
 

11. How do I compute my return on investment ("ROI")

 
You may compute your absolute ROI by the following this formula:
 
ROI = (NAVPU on selling date- NAVPU on contribution date) / NAVPU on contribution date
 
The NAVPU of each of the BPI Unit Investment Trust Funds are available daily at any BPI Branch or at the BPI Asset management website.
 

12. What are the related investment fees / charges involved?

 
In consideration of the services rendered, a trust fee shall be collected from each UITF on every valuation date based on the net asset value of the Fund. For Odyssey funds, there is an administrative or servicing fee for every subscription to Odyssey Funds. This is initially earmarked from your account upon order and is collected once the NAVPU is known and your actual order amount is determined.
 

13. What is the evidence of my investment in the BPI UITFs?

 
For every investment you make, you will be issued a Transaction Advice showing the number of units you have purchased in the Fund. The number of units you buy is determined by dividing the amount of your investment by the Fund's applicable NAVPu for the day. You may opt to receive the hard copy of the transaction advice or receive it via your email address if your investment account is enrolled in BPI Expressonline.
 

14. Will I receive any report on my investments?

 
The following reports are available to you as an investor of the fund:
 
1. Sent via Mail
  • Transaction Advice - sent a day after your transaction
  • Quarterly Investment Fund Statement with FPR for the month.
 
By enrolling your investment account in BPI Expressonline you will be able to view your Quarterly Investment Fund Statement online and request to receive your transaction advice via your EOL registered email address for transactions made via BPI Expressonline (excluding subsequent RSP subscriptions. All subsequent RSP subscriptions shall be sent hard copies of the transaction advice.)
 
2. Available upon request at your booking branch
  • Quarterly Investment and Disclosure Statement – This quarterly report consists of the Fund Performance Report and a list of the prospective and outstanding investment outlets of the UITF.
  • Result of the External Audit of the Funds/Audited FS– available annually
3. Available at the website
  • Fund Performance Report (FPR)– The fund performance reports of our funds are updated monthly and posted in the website every second week of the month.
 

15. Where can I see the latest NAVPU of the BPI UITFs?

 
The latest fund prices are available in the following websites:
 
1. www.bpiassetmanagement.com
Once in the website go to “Products and Services” then select the desired fund brand under the “Products and Services Directory”
 
2.www.bpiexpressonline.com.
Once in the website, go to “Rates” then select “Investment Fund Daily Prices.”
 

16. How can I amend my account details like address and settlement account?

 
You must sign and submit an LOI (Letter of Instruction on Amendments) containing all the details of the amendments plus supporting documents, if necessary, to your booking branch.
 

17. What are the cut-off times and settlement dates of various funds?

 
The cut-off time to make a contribution or redemption order will depend on what fund you are invested into. To view these cut-off times and when the order will be settled please click on this link.
 
Please note that if the order was made after the cut-off, the booking date for that transaction will be on the following banking day.