UCPB's Unit Investment Trust Funds (UITF) generated higher rates of return on clients' investments in 2011 amid a volatile market compared to
industry benchmarks such as the Philippine Stock Exchange Index (PSEi) and HSBC Money Market Index (HSBCMMi).
UITF are funds from clients that are pooled together and are placed in various investment instruments to maximize their earning potential.
"We are always on the lookout for opportunities to grow the funds entrusted to us by our clients.
At a time when most investors were threatened by all sorts of crises happening across the globe, we took advantage of it and bought into investments
that would eventually be profitable," UCPB Trust Banking Group head Alexandra Deveras said.
UCPB Trust Banking Group manages five UITF. Two are funds geared towards preserving capital and generating income on a short term basis called the
United Cash Management Fund (UCMF) and United US$ Money Market Fund (U$MMF). Another is a fund that seeks to achieve long-term capital growth named
United Conservative Fund (UCF) via government securities, BSP Special Deposit Accounts and other fixed income investments. There's also a United Balanced
Fund(UBF) which is similar to UCF in terms of purpose but differs in that funds are invested into domestic, listed equities and fixed income securities.
Lastly, there's United Equity Fund (UEF) designed to achieve long-term capital growth by investing in domestic listed equities.
UCPB's UEF managed to pull the year off by earning for its investors an 11% rate of return, 6.3% higher than PSEi's 4.7%.
Meanwhile UBF provided a 10.4% rate of return, 6.7% higher than the combined 3.7% rate of return of PSEi and HSBCMMi.
UCF also gained some hefty earnings with an annual return of 7.9% higher than HSBCMMi's 2.3% by 5.6%.
UCMF also held its own in terms of fund growth as it posted a 2.8% rate of return when most time deposits just averaged 2.3% according to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
U$MMF clients also enjoyed a rate of return of 1.5% when most US dollar time deposits gave a rate of return of 1.4%.
All rates of return are net of taxes and other fees.