A Lesson from the Vetoed SSS Pension Increase Bill

Last year, the Senate approved the bill granting an extra P2,000 monthly to SSS pensioners. This was in response to the two million Filipinos who receive a meager amount of P1,200-P4,000 monthly pension which is not enough to pay for medicines due to illnesses that come with old age and other needs. There were some speculations though that the approval was linked to the 2016 elections. Nevertheless, retirees and pensioners were hopeful that the increase will happen.

However, the pensioners’ mood soured when Pnoy vetoed the bill this Thursday, 14th January. Apparently, Pnoy said that the increase will significantly decrease SSS’ income that will result to negative funds and undue closure by year 2029.

Here’s an excerpt of the president’s message:

“…the proposed pension increase of P2,000 per retiree, multiplied by the present number of more than two million pensioners, will result in a total payout of P56 billion annually. Compared against annual investment income of P30 billion-P40 billion, such total payment for pensioners will yield a deficit of P16 billion-P26 billion annually..In view of these considerations, I am constrained to veto” (House Bill No. 5842).

Source: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/122711/pnoy-vetoes-p2000-hike-in-sss-pensions

With the turn of events, what can we learn from Pnoy’s decision?

If we think about it, retirement should be a time to enjoy the fruits from years of our labor. But it seems that if we rely on our government for our retirement needs, there is no guarantee that we will be assured of our future. Even if we receive the highest monthly pension limit of P13,000, it will still not be enough to sustain the increasing cost of living especially during our retirement years.

So, what do we do now while we have the ability to earn?  

The best step to take is to look for different instruments that will fund our retirement. SSS pension is there to assist our future financial needs but it should not be the main source of our retirement fund.

We may look at different options out there by learning how savings, insurance, mutual funds, UITFs, stocks, bonds and other financial vehicles can help in reaching our goals.

It sure is better to save and invest early. I have a disclaimer though, make sure that we entrust our money in reliable institutions. Because in the end, it may already be too late and we may end up regretting not taking any action to secure our retirement needs. Don’t you agree?

3 Foolproof Steps to Reach your Financial Goals

The first step in any successful activity is the willingness to do it. The old adage, “If there’s a will, there’s a way”, never goes out of style and it also applies here.

You may well agree that it is best to focus on something if there’s no distraction as this allows your mind to become fully engaged in an activity. So, I am inviting you to allot time and full attention where you will not do other tasks for at least the first 2 steps. Once settled, I will share three simple and foolproof steps on how you can reach your financial goal.

Are you ready? Let’s begin!

I want to save money!

Prepare a piece of paper or word document. If you wish to write on a sheet of paper, start by thinking, “Why do I want to save?” Then once you have thought about it, you can write it beside ‘GOAL’.  Try not to make it too challenging that it will discourage you to start.

Once completed, ask yourself again, “What do I want to do to achieve this goal?” You can write as much as you can as long as it is something that you REALLY WANT TO DO and CAN DO. For a starter, it may be good to have at least 3 items. Then, assess if this will truly help you reach your goal.

To help you out, you may choose from the below list. Just edit and fit it based on your own needs. Or better yet, come up with your own entirely.

GOAL: I want to save money because:

  • I want to have a health insurance so I don’t worry about medical/hospital bills
  • I want to have a life insurance so I will not worry about my family’s future if something happens to me
  • my daughter/son will start going to school in 3 years
  • I want to buy my first car by January 2017
  • I need to pay for my education by the start of the school year (2016-2017)
  • I will travel to Singapore this coming summer and visit at least 3 places there
  • I want to retire by the age of 55 years old

WHAT DO I WANT TO DO TO REACH MY GOAL?

  • put my loose change/coins (P5 or P10) in a piggy bank daily
  • after I receive my salary this payday, I will immediately set aside 10% of it for savings

Ex. Salary x % = Savings

At 10% : P 6,000 x 0.1 = P 600

  • open a bank deposit account to put in 5-10% savings from my salary
  • earn additional income
    Ex.
    – bake cakes and sell them to my friends/neighbors/officemates
    – have a garage sale this weekend : sell my old clothes, shoes and bags
  • ask help from financial experts about insurance and start one
  • learn how and invest in an investment vehicle like mutual fund, UITF, etc.

This is how it will look:

GOAL: I want to save money because….

WHAT DO I WANT TO DO TO REACH MY GOAL?

1.)

2.)

3.)

I want to start today!

Now, you are finished with your goal and list. The next step is to PRIORITIZE.

They say that if someone is serious about bringing an idea come to life is not to put off what one can do today. So to do this, rearrange the order on your list or just place # 1 on the activity that you will DO TODAY and ACT on it.

This year would not be the same from today if you start it with something new and positive, right?  So, be bold and take that first step now.

I want to reach my goal!

In our hectic and busy world, sometimes we forget what’s important to us. After you start one activity on your, “What do I want to do to reach my goal?” list, do you stop there? Of course not, you’re way better than that.  Remember, you want to REACH YOUR GOAL.

To follow through, post your goal and list where you can see it often and go back to it at the end of the week or so. Then decide to start on the second or third item on your list. Once you have accomplished all the items on the list, check how far you are from your goal. Update your list if you wish to be more aggressive in reaching your goal on time.

That’s it, buddies! For someone with a strong resolve and a clear goal in mind, this is definitely foolproof since the success of this activity depends on YOU.

Also, have fun learning about yourself while doing it. We wish you only the best in your finances!

2015’s Best Performing Mutual Funds and UITF’s in the Philippines

The year 2015 had been a bumpy ride for investors here in the Philippines. The Philippine Stock Exchange had a great start during the year until it goes down during April like there’s no tomorrow. This perhaps demoralized many new investors in the stock market.

That said, all Mutual Funds and UITFs are greatly affected.

These events, however, highlights one key principle in investing – don’t put your eggs in one basket, also known as Diversification. Diversify not only on fund managers, but on different asset classes as well (invest not only on equity or stock funds, but also on bond or fixed income funds).

PSEi 2015

2015’s Best Mutual Funds in All Category

According to the data coming from the Philippine Investment Fund Association (PIFA), the top performing Mutual Fund Company in the Philippines as for the year 2015 is Cocolife Fixed Income Fund, Inc., making 5.03% for the whole 2015.

This is a fund invested on fixed income securities. Based on it’s November 2015 Fund Fact Sheet, this is how the fund is invested.

Cocolife Fixed Income Fund

10 Top Performing Mutual Funds in all Category for the Year 2015

One thing that we’ll notice in the Top 10 Mutual Funds for 2015 is that there were no Equity Funds the qualified for the list. Yes, equity funds have the highest potential of return and has proved to be bringing the highest returns to investors in the long term. But with all these, we should also be aware that equity funds entails the highest risk of them all. Let’s just not forget that.

Fund Name Fund Type NAVPS YTD Return
1 Cocolife Fixed Income Fund, Inc. Bond Fund 2.542 5.03%
2 ATRAM Total Return Dollar Bond Fund, Inc. Bond Fund $1.0938 2.93%
3 ALFM Dollar Bond Fund, Inc. Bond Fund $418.32 2.47%
4 Cocolife Dollar Fund Builder, Inc. Balanced Fund $0.03539 2.28%
5 Philam Dollar Bond Fund, Inc. Bond Fund $2.1083 1.59%
6 Philequity Dollar Income Fund Inc. Bond Fund $0.0554635 1.58%
7 Sun Life Prosperity Money Market Fund, Inc. Money Market Fund 1.1396 1.28%
8 ALFM Money Market Fund, Inc. Money Market Fund 114.23 1.12%
9 ALFM Peso Bond Fund, Inc. Bond Fund 322.75 1.10%
10 Ekklesia Mutual Fund Inc. Bond Fund 2.0386 0.99%

Now let’s go to the Top UITFs

Top Mutual Funds in the Philippines as of November 30, 2015

As of November 30, 2015, the Philippines has a total of 54 active Mutual Fund Companies as per Philippine Investment Fund Association (PIFA).

Equity funds have declined compared to the results of stock market performance last October. This trend is not unique to mutual funds. The equivalent managed fund UITF is also moving in the same direction as of month ending October.

Balanced funds in general are going down as well compared to the previous month’s performance, comparatively doing better though with equity funds. As we all know, balanced funds are in the moderate risk profile, consisting both stocks and fixed income instruments in the portfolio.

The most profitable market as of November month end is the fixed income market, providing the Bond Funds’ investors a YTD rate of return ranging from 1.55% to 4.57% for the top 5 in the category.

Need more information about Mutual Funds? Check out this podcast session.

Top 5 Equity Funds Year-to-Date

Fund Name Fund Type NAVPS YTD Return
1 United Fund, Inc. Equity Fund 3.1966 -1.70%
2 Philippine Stock Index Fund Corp. Equity Fund 788.1 -2.26%
3 Philequity PSE Index Fund Inc. Equity Fund 4.6841 -2.72%
4 First Metro Save and Learn Equity Fund,Inc. Equity Fund 5.4167 -2.79%
5 ALFM Growth Fund, Inc Equity Fund 250.33 -4.18%

Top 5 Balanced Funds Year-to-Date

Fund Name Fund Type NAVPS YTD
1 Cocolife Dollar Fund Builder, Inc. Balanced Fund $0.03546 2.49%
2 Bahay Pari Solidaritas Fund, Inc. Balanced Fund 2.0174 -0.82%
3 Sun Life Prosperity Dollar Advantage Fund, Inc. Balanced Fund $3.151 -1.76%
4 First Metro Save and Learn Balanced Fund Balanced Fund 2.7497 -1.80%
5 One Wealthy Nation Fund, Inc. Balanced Fund 1.0119 -2.61%

Top 5 Bond Funds Year-to-Date

Fund Name Fund Type NAVPS YTD
1 Cocolife Fixed Income Fund, Inc. Bond Fund 2.5308 4.57%
2 ATRAM Total Return Dollar Bond Fund, Inc. Bond Fund $1.0956 3.10%
3 ALFM Dollar Bond Fund, Inc. Bond Fund $417.65 2.31%
4 Philam Dollar Bond Fund, Inc. Bond Fund $2.1146 1.89%
5 Philequity Dollar Income Fund Inc. Bond Fund $0.0554466 1.55%

Top 10 Mutual Funds in the Philippines as of November 30, 2015 (5-Year Return)

Fund Name Fund Type NAVPS 5 yr. Return
1 Philequity PSE Index Fund Inc. Equity Fund 4.6841 12.52%
2 Philippine Stock Index Fund Corp. Equity Fund 788.1 12%
3 Philequity Fund, Inc. Equity Fund 34.3139 11.98%
4 First Metro Save and Learn Equity Fund,Inc. Equity Fund 5.4167 9.01%
5 NCM Mutual Fund of the Phils., Inc Balanced Fund 1.802 8.92%
6 First Metro Save and Learn Fixed Income Fund,Inc. Bond Fund 2.2091 8.74%
7 Sun Life Prosperity Philippine Equity Fund, Inc. Equity Fund 3.8807 8.73%
8 ATRAM Dynamic Allocation Fund, Inc. Balanced Fund 1.7553 8.09%
10 Bahay Pari Solidaritas Fund, Inc. Balanced Fund 2.0174 7.71%

Top Performing UITFs in the Philippines as of November 30, 2015

Here are the Top Performing UITFs in the Philippines from UITF.com.ph as of November 30, 2015.

Top 5 Equity Funds (Year-to-Date)

Bank Fund Name ROI
1 China Banking Corporation CBC EQUITY FUND -0.47%
2 Bank of the Philippine Islands BPI Philippine High Dividend Equity Fund -1.11%
3 Bank of the Philippine Islands BPI Equity Value Fund -1.99%
4 Asia United Bank Equity Investment Trust Fund -3.15%
5 Union Bank UnionBank Dividend Play Equity Portfolio -3.58%

Top 5 Balanced Funds  (Year-to-Date)

Bank Fund Name ROI
1 Philippine Bank of Communications BEST BALANCED FUND 0.67%
2 Robinsons Bank RBank Balanced Fund 0.15%
3 Bank of the Philippine Islands BPI Balanced Fund -0.27%
4 LandBank of the Philippines Growth Fund -0.91%
5 China Banking Corporation CBC BALANCED FUND -1.46%

Top 5 Intermediate Term Bond Funds (Year-to-Date)

Bank Fund Name ROI
1 Union Bank UnionBank Medium Term Fixed Income Portfolio 2.20%
Portfolio Duration: 2.28 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
2 Union Bank UnionBank Infinity Prime Fund 2.13%
Portfolio Duration: 2.41 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
3 China Banking Corporation CBC INTERMEDIATE FIXED-INCOME FUND 1.30%
Portfolio Duration: 0.26 year(s) as of 3rd quarter of 2015
4 Bank of the Philippine Islands BPI Premium Bond Fund 0.95%
Portfolio Duration: 1.26 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
5 EastWest Banking Corporation EastWest Peso Intermediate Term Bond Fund 0.89%
Portfolio Duration: 1.56 year(s) as of 3rd quarter of 2015

Top 5 Medium Term Bond Funds (Year-to-Date)

Bank Fund Name ROI
1 BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO PESO FIXED INCOME FUND 3.08%
Portfolio Duration: 3.10 year(s) as of 3rd quarter of 2015
2 BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO PESO BOND FUND 2.62%
Portfolio Duration: 3.02 year(s) as of 3rd quarter of 2015
3 Union Bank UnionBank Philippine Peso Fixed Income Portfolio 1.94%
Portfolio Duration: 3.97 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
4 Asia United Bank Peso Investment Trust Fund 1.60%
5 BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO MERIT FUND MEDIUM TERM PORTFOLIO 1.56%
Portfolio Duration: 3.31 year(s) as of 3rd quarter of 2015

Top 5 Long Term Bond Funds (Year-to-Date)

Bank Fund Name ROI
1 AB Capital AB CAPITAL PREMIUM FUND 6.34%
Portfolio Duration: 1.09 year(s) as of 3rd quarter of 2015
2 Union Bank UnionBank Long Term Fixed Income Portfolio 3.38%
Portfolio Duration: 4.44 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
3 Union Bank UnionBank Tax Exempt Portfolio 2.35%
Portfolio Duration: 2.65 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
4 Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation RIZAL PESO BOND FUND 0.49%
Portfolio Duration: 3.37 year(s) as of 3rd quarter of 2015
5 Security Bank Corporation SB PESO BOND FUND 0.02%
Portfolio Duration: 7.90 year(s) as of 3rd quarter of 2015

Disclaimer: Past performance is not an indication of future results. There are several risks associated with investing in mutual funds/UITF which are further discussed and enumerated in the fund’s prospectus. Please read the fund’s prospectus before you start investing. 

Top Performing UITFs in the Philippines as of October 31, 2015

Unit Investment Trust Funds, popularly referred to as UITFs are pooled funds similar to Mutual Funds, only it is managed by Banks.

Here are the Top Performing UITFs in the Philippines from UITF.com.ph as of October 31, 2015.

Top 5 Equity Funds (Year-to-Date)

Bank Fund Name ROI
China Banking Corporation CBC EQUITY FUND 2.43%
Bank of the Philippine Islands BPI Philippine High Dividend Equity Fund 1.99%
Bank of the Philippine Islands BPI Equity Value Fund 1.20%
Asia United Bank Equity Investment Trust Fund -0.17%
Philippine National Bank AUP EQUITY FUND -0.71%

Top 5 Balanced Funds  (Year-to-Date)

Bank Fund Name ROI
Robinsons Bank RBank Balanced Fund 1.51%
Bank of the Philippine Islands BPI Balanced Fund 1.51%
Philippine Bank of Communications BEST BALANCED FUND 1.34%
China Banking Corporation CBC BALANCED FUND 0.69%
Development Bank of the Philippines GINTONG SIKAP SECURE FUND 0.61%

Top 5 Intermediate Term Bond Funds (Year-to-Date)

Bank Fund Name ROI
Union Bank UnionBank Infinity Prime Fund 2.63%
Portfolio Duration: 2.41 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
Union Bank UnionBank Medium Term Fixed Income Portfolio 2.48%
Portfolio Duration: 2.28 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
Security Bank Corporation SB INTERMEDIATE TERM PESO BOND FUND 2.27%
Portfolio Duration: 1.84 year(s) as of 3rd quarter of 2015
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. Metro Max-3 Bond Fund 1.37%
Portfolio Duration: 2.35 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
Bank of the Philippine Islands BPI Premium Bond Fund 1.36%
Portfolio Duration: 1.26 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015

Top 5 Medium Term Bond Funds (Year-to-Date)

Bank Fund Name ROI
BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO PESO FIXED INCOME FUND 3.42%
Portfolio Duration: 3.10 year(s) as of 3rd quarter of 2015
Asia United Bank Peso Investment Trust Fund 3.09%
BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO PESO BOND FUND 2.94%
Portfolio Duration: 3.02 year(s) as of 3rd quarter of 2015
Union Bank UnionBank Philippine Peso Fixed Income Portfolio 2.43%
Portfolio Duration: 3.97 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO MERIT FUND MEDIUM TERM PORTFOLIO 1.67%
Portfolio Duration: 3.31 year(s) as of 3rd quarter of 2015

Top 5 Long Term Bond Funds (Year-to-Date)

Bank Fund Name ROI
AB Capital AB CAPITAL PREMIUM FUND 6.35%
Portfolio Duration: 1.09 year(s) as of 3rd quarter of 2015
Union Bank UnionBank Long Term Fixed Income Portfolio 4.37%
Portfolio Duration: 4.44 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
Union Bank UnionBank Tax Exempt Portfolio 3.24%
Portfolio Duration: 2.65 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
Security Bank Corporation SB PESO BOND FUND 2.13%
Portfolio Duration: 7.90 year(s) as of 3rd quarter of 2015
Bank of the Philippine Islands ABF Philippines Bond Index Fund 1.99%
Portfolio Duration: 7.61 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015

Disclaimer: Past performance is not an indication of future results. There are several risks associated with investing in mutual funds/UITF which are further discussed and enumerated in the fund’s prospectus. Please read the fund’s prospectus before you start investing. 

Top Performing UITFs in the Philippines as of September 30, 2015

Unit Investment Trust Funds, popularly referred to as UITFs are pooled funds similar to Mutual Funds, only it is managed by Banks.

Here are the Top Performing UITFs in the Philippines from UITF.com.ph as of September 30, 2015.

Top 5 Equity Funds (Year-to-Date)

Bank Fund Name ROI
Bank of the Philippine Islands BPI Philippine High Dividend Equity Fund -0.51%
China Banking Corporation CBC EQUITY FUND -0.53%
Bank of the Philippine Islands BPI Equity Value Fund -1.40%
Bank of the Philippine Islands Odyssey Tax-Exempt Philippine Equity Fund -2.59%
Bank of the Philippine Islands Odyssey Philippine Equity Fund -2.87%

Top 5 Balanced Funds  (Year-to-Date)

Bank Fund Name ROI
Philippine Bank of Communications BEST BALANCED FUND 1.30%
Development Bank of the Philippines GINTONG SIKAP SECURE FUND 0.55%
Bank of the Philippine Islands BPI Balanced Fund 0.08%
Bank of the Philippine Islands Odyssey Diversified Capital Fund -0.53%
Robinsons Bank RBank Balanced Fund -0.54%

Top 5 Intermediate Term Bond Funds (Year-to-Date)

Bank Fund Name ROI
Security Bank Corporation SB Intermediate Term Peso Bond Fund 2.35%
Portfolio Duration: 0.71 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
Union Bank UnionBank Infinity Prime Fund 1.85%
Portfolio Duration: 2.41 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
Union Bank UnionBank Medium Term Fixed Income Portfolio 1.65%
Portfolio Duration: 2.28 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
Bank of the Philippine Islands BPI Premium Bond Fund 1.29%
Portfolio Duration: 1.26 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
China Banking Corporation CBC INTERMEDIATE FIXED-INCOME FUND 1.24%
Portfolio Duration: 0.04 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015

Top 5 Medium Term Bond Funds (Year-to-Date)

Bank Fund Name ROI
BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO PESO FIXED INCOME FUND 3.49%
Portfolio Duration: 3.27 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO PESO BOND FUND 2.96%
Portfolio Duration: 3.32 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
Asia United Bank Peso Investment Trust Fund 2.62%
Union Bank UnionBank Philippine Peso Fixed Income Portfolio 1.91%
Portfolio Duration: 3.97 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO MERIT FUND MEDIUM TERM PORTFOLIO 1.81%
Portfolio Duration: 3.65 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015

Top 5 Long Term Bond Funds (Year-to-Date)

Bank Fund Name ROI
AB Capital AB CAPITAL PREMIUM FUND 6.29%
Portfolio Duration: 1.09 year(s) as of 3rd quarter of 2015
Union Bank UnionBank Long Term Fixed Income Portfolio 2.76%
Portfolio Duration: 4.44 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
Union Bank UnionBank Tax Exempt Portfolio 2.62%
Portfolio Duration: 2.65 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
Bank of the Philippine Islands ABF Philippines Bond Index Fund 1.72%
Portfolio Duration: 7.61 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
Security Bank Corporation SB PESO BOND FUND 1.58%
Portfolio Duration: 5.04 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015

Disclaimer: Past performance is not an indication of future results. There are several risks associated with investing in mutual funds which are further discussed and enumerated in the fund’s prospectus. Please read the fund’s prospectus before you start investing. 

Why Invest in a Single Premium VUL (SPVUL) instead of Mutual Funds or UITF

You have at least P500,000.00 in your bank deposit account and are planning to invest it in an investment that would help you make your money work for you. You were brought to several options, and you have ended up choosing between a Single Premium VUL, a Mutual Fund, or a UITF.

Now, you’re confused.

First off, the listed options are all pooled funds managed by professionals called fund managers. In investing in either of the three, you will be asked whether you’ll want to invest your money in an Equity Fund, a Bond Fund, or a Balanced Fund.

They are the same in almost all aspects. Their difference lies on the structural aspect. Single Premium VULs are offered by insurance companies, thus, are regulated by the Insurance Commission (IC).

Unit Investment Trust Fund, popularly referred to as UITF, are offered by banks and managed by their trust department. The regulatory body is the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

Mutual Funds, on the other hand, are managed by Investment Companies and are regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

I know, stating those differences doesn’t bring up any clarity in your decision making. Now, let’s talk about benefits.

mf vs. spvul

Benefits of investing in Single Premium VULs over Mutual Funds and UITF.

The truth is, there’s really not much difference between a mutual fund and UITF in terms of benefit. For discussion purposes we’ll just compare Mutual Funds and Single Premium VULs.

Allow me to use Sun Life’s Maxilink One as a sample for Single Premium VUL, and Sun Life’s Prosperity Fund for Mutual Fund.

Here’s the situation. You have P500,000.00 to invest in a 10 year time frame. You are inclined to investing in an Equity Fund, you’re just not quite sure whether to choose a Mutual Fund (or UITF) or a Single Premium VUL.

Now, you decided to look at the numbers.

Let’s assume that in both funds, the average annual rate of return is 10%. Both funds, Mutual Fund and Single Premium VUL, uses a backend fee system of 5%, diminishing by 1% yearly (If investment is redeemed in the first year, charge is 5%, if on second year, 4%, and so on and so forth. Redemption of investment after the 5th year no longer have a redemption charge.)

Investing in Mutual Funds

 
Year Fund Values
1 550,000
2 605,000
3 665,500
4 732,050
5 805,255
6 885,781
7 974,359
8 1,071,794
9 1,178,974
10 1,296,871

Projected fund value of the mutual fund investment after 10 years is P1,296,871. Mutual Funds are very flexible that you can withdraw your investment anytime without being bounded by holding period. However, there are sanctions for early redemption.

Investing in Single Premium VUL

 
Year Charges Fund Values
1 266 548,615
2 168 602,146
3 137 660,995
4 102 725,608
5 61 796,537
6 18 874,399
7 959,872
8 1,053,700
9 1,156,700
10 1,289,986

At year 10, the projected Fund Value for a Single Premium VUL is P1,289,986.00. The difference of P6,885.23 to the fund value of Mutual Fund is attributable to the insurance charges for the Single Premium VUL. Investment benefits are identical for Mutual Funds and Single Premium VUL.

Looking at the projected 10 year fund value, you might be concluding that it’s best to invest in mutual funds because it’s higher than Single Premium VUL by P6,885.23.

Benefits of a Single Premium VUL over Mutual Funds, UITF, Bank Deposits, and Real Estate Investments

It is an insurance product. Thus, the minuscule difference of P6,885.23 is really very immaterial compared to the benefits it could provide to the investor (or beneficiaries of investors).

I. Minimum Death Benefit. The death benefit for a Single Premium VUL is then higher of 125% of Single Premium or the Fund Value. In our illustration, it is the higher of P625,000 (P500,000 x 125%) or the current Fund Value of the investment.

This means that in the event a policyholder (investor of a Single Premium VUL) dies while the fund value of his investment is lower than P625,000, his beneficiaries will still receive the minimum death benefit of P625,000.

Say the fund value of the invested P500,000 at the time of death is P400,000 (market declined significantly), the beneficiaries will still be receiving the GUARANTEED minimum death benefit of P625,000 (as long as no withdrawal was made in the fund).

Or lets say the fund value at the time of death is P800,000 (market rises significantly), the beneficiaries will be receiving P800,000, which is higher compared to the minimum death benefit.

In case of a Mutual Fund or UITF, the people left behind will receive only the fund value, regardless if it is higher or lower the the amount invested.

II. Liquidity upon death. While all other assets (investments including Mutual Funds, Stocks, Cash Deposits, and Real Estate) will be frozen by BIR until the appropriate taxes are paid, investment in a Single Premium VUL are readily available to your loved ones. The reason behind this is that Single Premium VUL is still an insurance product.

If you have defined an irrevocable beneficiary, your investment becomes tax exempt (tax-free).

The Bottom Line and Final Recommendation

On a more holistic financial planning perspective, I am recommending a Single Premium VUL over investing in Mutual Funds and UITF. It is a great tool to use in planning your Estate while having the ability to enjoy your investments while the investor is still alive, contrary to other insurance products wherein the benefit focuses upon death, including a Regular Pay VUL in it’s infancy years.

The only barrier to entry in using a Single Pay VUL is its price point – you’ll be needing a much higher initial investment compared to a Mutual Fund wherein you could start with just P5,000.

Here is my recommendation. If you have the funds and are thinking to invest in a managed fund, then go for a Single Premium VUL. Period. (Well, unless perhaps you are already FULLY INSURED)

**You can request for a Single Premium VUL Quotation here for FREE!