Best Dollar Investments in the Philippines

Investing with US Dollars in the Philippines can be quite tricky. In my opinion, dollar investment decisions of individuals like you and I, and OFWs earning US Dollars, rely heavily on two things: your prediction of future exchange rates, and the financial risks and expected returns of the best dollar investments in the Philippines.

If you believe that the Philippine pesos will remain stagnant or will appreciate within the next five years, then your best move would be to convert your investment capital to Pesos now and invest in peso-denominated securities. Some of these have already been discussed in our post about the Best Investments in the Philippines 2022.

On the other hand, if you think the US dollar will bounce back and that the peso will gradually yet substantially weaken, then you may opt to maintain your investable funds in dollars and invest in dollar-denominated assets. Eventually, you may just liquidate your investments and convert to pesos again when the exchange rate reaches at a level that’s to your liking.

What are the Best Dollar Investments in the Philippines?

As of this writing, Philippine investors don’t actually have direct access to individual stocks that are listed in major foreign exchanges. One viable option to invest in US stocks is to invest in international brokers like GoTrade, Etoro, and TDA. Another would be through the availability of foreign-denominated equity such as UITFs (read our beginner’s guide here) , feeder funds, and mutual funds (learn more about it here).

In conjunction to the latter option, here are some commonly available US dollar-denominated investments in the Philippines:

BDO Dollar
Money Market Fund
BDO Medium Term
Dollar Bond Fund
BDO Global Equity Index
Feeder Fund
Minimum InvestmentUSD 500.00USD 500.00USD 500.00
Minimum AdditionalUSD 500.00USD 500.00USD 500.00
Minimum Holding PeriodNone30 calendar daysNone
Early Redemption FeeNone1.00% of Original Participation AmountN/A
Management Fee0.25% p.a.1.00% p.a.0.50% p.a.
Benchmark US Dollar Time Deposit RateMarkit iBoxx Philippines USD 1-5 IndexMSCI World Net (custom 4pm LUX)


  • BDO Dollar Money Market Fund– suitable for individual and corporate investors with moderate risk appetite and who are looking for safe and liquid investments with yields relatively higher than those of US Dollar time deposit accounts. The Fund may invest in deposits in  the Trustee’s bank or in other banks,  securities issued or guaranteed by the Philippine Government or the BSP, tradable securities issued by any supranational entity and  exchange-listed fixed income securities.
  • BDO Medium Term Dollar Bond Fund– suitable for individual and corporate investors with moderate risk appetite and who are looking for higher yields and are willing to take the attendant risks due to the relatively longer-term nature of the Fund’s investments. The Fund may invest in deposits  in the Trustee’s bank or in  other banks,  securities issued or guaranteed by the Philippine Government or the BSP, tradable securities issued by any supranational entity and exchange-listed fixed income securities.
  • BDO Global Equity Index Feeder Fund– suitable for individual and corporate investors who have an aggressive risk appetite and who seek potentially higher returns through global stock market investments. As a feeder fund, the Fund shall invest at least 90% of its assets in a single collective investment scheme called the Target Fund. The remaining portion of the assets (maximum of 10%) will be invested and reinvested by the Trustee, with full discretionary powers, in deposits in the Trustee’s bank or in other banks

BPI INVEST U.S. DOLLAR SHORT TERM FUNDBPI Invest US Dollar Income Feeder Fund
Minimum Investment USD 500.00USD 1,000.00
Minimum Additional USD 200.00USD 500.00
Minimum Holding PeriodNone180 days
Early Redemption Fee
Management Fee 0.50% p.a1.00% p.a.
Benchmark35% MSCI World Index (USD Hedged), 5% MSCI Emerging Markets Index (Unhedged), 25% Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporate Index (USD Hedged), 15% Bloomberg Barclays Global High Yield Index (USD Hedged), and 20% FTSE World Government Bond 10+ Years Index (USD Hedged)

  • BPI INVEST U.S. DOLLAR SHORT TERM FUND– suitable for investors with a moderately conservative risk profile and is aimed to achieve liquidity and stable income derived from a diversified portfolio of foreign currency-denominated short-term fixed income instruments.
  • BPI INVEST US DOLLAR INCOME FEEDER FUND–  suitable for investors with an aggressive risk profile and those who look for regular income with a secondary focus on capital appreciation over a medium to long term horizon, and are comfortable with the risks of a global multi-asset fund.
  • FWD Global US Dollar Equity Index Fund– gives you a diversified and affordable exposure to some of the world’s top companies by closely tracking the total returns of the MSCI All Country World Index (MSCI ACWI), allowing you to participate in the long-term growth potential of international economies. Learn more about it here.


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Recognized as one of the Top Finance Blogs in the PH. Ameena Rey-Franc (founder of TTP) is a former Banker and BS Accountancy graduate turned Blogger, Keynote Speaker, and entrepreneur. Currently an RFP delegate, she is also the Author of a book about Financial Resilience and has held seminars for reputable companies like GrabFoodPH, Pru Life UK, VISA, JPMorgan Chase& Co., Paypal, Fundline, Moneymax, and many more. The Thrifty Pinay's mission is to empower women to LEARN, EARN, and be FINANCIALLY-INDEPENDENT no matter what life stage they are in.