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How Phillip Money Market Fund Addresses the Dilemma For Businesses?

How Phillip Money Market Fund Addresses the Dilemma For Businesses?

Savers often find themselves caught between interest rates and the time duration of traditional deposit accounts. To maintain liquidity, it is a norm for traditional deposit accounts to offer low interest rates to the savers. On the other hand, time deposits can reward higher interest rates, but savers get penalised when they need to redeem their funds during the lock-up period.

The same problem also affects businesses. During periods where cash inflow exceeds immediate operating needs, excess funds would often be left idling in deposit accounts to maintain liquidity.

To put things into perspective, consider a retailer that is planning to purchase a large bulk of inventory in December for the Christmas season. Assuming it is only June, the retailer is not expecting any significant cash outflow for the next five months. Due to the impending purchase, the retailer has to set aside this fund and cannot invest it in longer term or risky securities which do not guarantee a return or principal.

Conversely after the Christmas sale season, the same retailer may once again sit on a surplus of cash until the next seasonal purchase happens.

To better address this dilemma, Phillip introduced the first SGD Money Market Fund to Singaporean savers and businesses 18 years ago. Designed to preserve principal value, the fund also maintains a high degree of liquidity while producing returns comparable to that of Singapore dollar savings deposits.

Addressing The Dilemma

First and foremost, to achieve its primary desired features – principal preservation and liquidity – Phillip Money Market Fund is primarily invested in short term, high quality money market instruments and debt securities such as bonds, commercial bills or deposits with financial institutions. To enhance returns, the fund taps on money market securities that are not easily accessible to individuals or small businesses.

As at 31 January 2020, about 65.6% of our portfolio is allocated into fixed deposits while 22.3% is allocated into high quality government and corporate bonds and commercial bills. The remaining 12.1% is floated as cash.

One of the most prominent attribute of Phillip Money Market Fund is its ability to allow daily redemption (T+0)*. Inherently, this means that clients can timely regain their funds to meet their needs. In addition, the fund has no currency risks from volatile foreign exchange rate fluctuations as holdings are SGD-denominated.

Source: Phillip Capital Management (As of 31 January 2020)

Furthermore, holdings are also highly conservative. As of 31 January 2020, the portfolio has a weighted average maturity of 32.4 days and an average credit rating grade “A”. Since its inception in 2001, the Phillip Money Market Fund’s fixed income holdings faced zero credit defaults.


The best test on the quality of Money Market Funds comes during periods of economic turmoil. As one of the pioneers to introduce SGD money market funds to the market, the Phillip Money Market Fund has endured through periods of financial market stresses like the 2001’s Tech Bubble Burst and the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. In spite of prevailing sentiments, the fund still managed to maintain positive yields through the decade.

Source: Bloomberg, Phillip Capital Management; as of end September 2019

In fact, during the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, Phillip Money Market Fund was also able to maintain an increasing NAV. Due to prudent securities selection, none of the fund’s holdings faced default. However, some other money market funds were unfortunately impacted by their holdings in fixed income securities issued by Lehman Brothers.

Y-axis: Indexed Performance (Base =100)
Source: Bloomberg, PCM
Y-axis: Indexed Performance (Base =100)
Source: Phillip Capital Management; as of 31 August 2018

 An Ideal Cash Management Tool

Due to its stable track record, Phillip Money Market Fund continues to gain popularity as an ideal cash management tool. Consequently, the fund has also grown to become the largest SGD money market fund, with a fund size of $861.7 million as of 31 January 2020.

Yield Profile

Y-axis: Annualised yield (%)
Source: Phillip Capital Management; as of April 2019

Another Case Example

To give another example of how businesses can make use of Phillip Money Market Fund, consider the construction industry.

Generally, construction companies receive deposits from developers much earlier before their suppliers and subcontractors get paid. Between the time before payments need to be made, the particular construction company for instance, can tap into Phillip Money Market Fund and thereby make a modest yield.

When the Fund Manager of Phillip Money Market Fund receive the redemption order from a construction company by 11.30am* on a business day, the construction company will be able to receive redemption money on the same business day.

In conclusion, as a safe, liquid and low-cost cash management tool, the usefulness of Phillip Money Market Fund is not just limited to individuals and businesses but could also be useful to other various organisations notwithstanding local government agencies, education organisations, charities, port authorities etc.

* For direct clients only. Redemptions via other distribution channels will be subjected to redemption policies set by distributors.


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