Treasury invites public to invest in retail dollar bonds

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) Central Luzon is inviting the public to start investing through its second issuance of the retail dollar bonds (RDBs). 

BTr  Regional Director Yvette Christine Herrera said this investment offer is in line with the republic’s ongoing efforts to make government securities more accessible to every Filipino, not only to institutional investors, but also to individuals. 

“It’s an opportunity for all to partake in this venture and invest in our great nation. Our theme for this issuance is “RDB 2: Invest and Manifest” where the public have the power to manifest their financial goals over time, paving the way to the realization of their dreams and the fortification of their financial wellbeing,” she said.  

The director said that RDBs are an ideal investment option for first time investors or those looking to expand their investment horizons. 

“It is a practical way to encourage the habit of investing your hard-earned money while contributing to the country’s economic growth. Our investment instruments are low risk, relatively higher yielding, and affordable with minimal investment, helping Filipinos achieve their dreams and grow their savings,” Herrera. 

Only a minimum of USD200 is required for an individual to start investing. The public can invest more in an increment of USD100 thereafter. This provides an annual interest rate of 5.75 percent. 

The interest rate is automatically credited to the investors’ account every quarter. What good about this is that investors will receive full coupon payment because the final withholding tax on interest will be assumed by the republic,” Herrera said. 

To avail of the RDBs, interested individuals may go to any of the 12 banks which are authorized selling agents of the BTR, to place direct investment via their US dollar accounts, or via Peso Clear through select online platforms for those without dollar accounts. 

These include Bank of the Philippine Islands Capital Corporation, BDO Capital and Investment Corporation, China Bank Corporation, Development Bank of the Philippines, First Metro Investment Corporation, Land Bank of the Philippines, PNB Capital Corporation, SB Capital Investment Corporation, and Union Bank of the Philippines. 

“Another way is to invest online via the BTr online offering platform at; and mobile banking applications, Landbank Mobile Banking App, and Overseas Filipino Bank Mobile Banking App,” Herrera said. 

Prospective investors can avail of the RDBs until October 6, 2023. Issuance date is on October 11, with maturity date of 5.5 years from issuance. 

Meanwhile, BTr warned the public about the proliferation of investment scams.

“If it is too good to be true, or if the offer is very high, you should think twice. It might be a scam. Whereas if you invest in RDB2, this is a very safe investment opportunity and we assure you that your money will return to you,” the director said. (CLJD/MJSC-PIA 3)

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