Modified Pag-ibig 2 Savings Program or Pag-big MP2 is a secured option to grow your savings. In addition, you can easily enroll in this program for only Php 500 via online or by visiting a Pag-ibig branch.
You already know the details about MP2, right? If you don’t, then may read it first by following the link below.
So the question now is, “How can you maximize Pag-ibig MP2.”
Just a friendly warning, embrace yourself because this post contains a lot of numbers.
Is Pag-ibig MP2 the right investment for you?
But before we dive into that, let’s revisit first the key features of MP2. Certainly, most people are drawn to it because the government offers it. Again, let me repeat, capital is backed-up by Pag-ibig, but dividends are not guaranteed.
But fret not, because MP2 has posted a higher dividend rate on capital compared to a savings and time deposit accounts since its inception.
Higher Dividend Rates than Banks
So here is a table that shows the dividend rate of MP2 from 2010 up to 2019. As you can see, the dividend rate remains above 7% since 2016. It even reached 8.11% in 2017. Certainly, it’s something you cannot get from a bank plus it is exempted from the gains tax, which is 20% of the earnings.
Thus, you’ll get to enjoy your full earnings in MP2.
|YEAR||MP2 DIVIDEND RATE|
But then there is a lock-in period of 5 years which is a considerable amount of time, right? So you must be really committed when you decide to enroll in this program. In early redemption, you may not be able to get the full dividends.
How to Protect Your MP2 Savings
Thus, having an emergency fund will minimize the chances of early redemption. It is because when an emergency arises, you will have an accessible fund to meet the financial need.
But if you don’t have an emergency fund now, then, at least, start saving for it together with your MP2.
How to Maximize Pag-ibig MP2?
Now that everything is refreshed let’s now proceed on how you can maximize the potential of Pag-ibig MP2. In this blog, I would like to help you determine 3 key points.
- Should I go for monthly, yearly, or one-time investment?
- Is it wise to get dividends yearly or after 5 years?
- What combination of strategies will yield the highest income?
3 conditions used in the comparisons
1. Minimum investment
I used the minimum investment amount per month, which is ₱500. If the contribution is ₱500 per month, then it’s equivalent to ₱6,000 in a year, and it is ₱30,000 in 5 years.
2. Average dividend rate
The average dividend rate in the last 5 years is 7.102%. I used this rate to capture the highs and lows of the dividend rate in the previous five years. Again, this is not the actual rate. It is just used to give us an idea of how our savings will grow in this program.
The return on investment is still dependent on the actual performance of the Pag-ibig fund.
3. Simple and compound interest formula
I used the compound interest formula to get the projection of earnings on most parts. And simple interest formula for the yearly dividend payout.
By the way, I decided to create a separate post for the computations. It’s too long and complicated for average investors. So I’ll just link it here once done.
Monthly, yearly, or one-time investment?
Now, let’s see which is the best option between saving monthly, yearly, or going for a one-time investment.
So here’s a simple comparison between investing regularly (monthly or yearly) and one-time investment using yearly dividend payout.
|YEARLY (₱6,000)||ONE-TIME (₱30,000)|
Clearly, making a one-time investment yield the highest result. The reason behind this is because the whole capital is already invested from the start. Thus, it gets to earn the full interest each year for the next 5 years.
But not all of us can invest a considerable sum of money in one go, right? So the next best option is by saving annually. But if going for a monthly contribution is more manageable for you, then go for it.
The most important thing is you are moving toward your financial goals.
Which is better between yearly dividend payout or after 5 years?
Now, we know that a one-time investment will yield the highest return on your money, so we’ll be using this in the next comparison. The next question you have in mind is maybe, “Which is wiser, get the dividends per year or after 5 years?”
From the ultimate guide on Pag-ibig MP2, you have 2 options on how to receive your dividends—yearly or after 5 years lock-in period.
So here is a table comparing the two, MP2 (A) is compounded while MP2 (B) represents annual dividend payout.
|YEAR||MP2 (A)||COMPOUNDED||MP2 (B)||ANNUAL DIVIDEND PAYOUT||TOTAL|
After 5 years, MP2 (A), compounded dividend payout, has a total savings of ₱42,277. While in MP2 (B), an annual dividend payout, has only ₱40,655.
Thus, the better option is to get your money after 5 years.
To explain this, in annual dividend payout, the capital gets to earn dividends each year. But in compounded payout, the capital earns interest, and eventually, the interest gets to earn interest in succeeding years. Thus, you’re maximizing the earning potential of MP2.
What’s the verdict?
If we combine the results of the two comparisons above, the best way to maximize Pag-ibig MP2 is by one-time investment and let it compound in 5 years.
You can use this strategy if you have the money to make a one-time investment. But then do not feel bad if you cannot do it right away.
Again, there’s nothing wrong with taking baby steps. What matters is that you are moving forward and you are doing a great deal for your future.
So what’s next?
If you opt to save monthly, after 5 years, you will get your capital, right? By then, you can probably roll over your savings by opening another MP2 account. And you may do this until you’re happy with the results.
Let’s wrap it up!
- MP2 is better than saving in a bank. Just remember to keep your emergency fund and some money that you’ll use in a couple of months or years in the bank. As for the rest, look for alternatives wherein you’ll get more bang for your buck.
- Always start saving with a sustainable amount. There’s no point in saving a huge sum of money that you’ll eventually redeem within 5 years.
- You can get security while having a better return on investment in MP2.
- Only invest the money that you can live without. Again, 5 years is a considerable amount of time, so think before putting it in MP2.
Lastly, search for other options.
While MP2 posted higher earnings compared to a savings account and time deposits, some financial vehicles have shown better returns. So you may still consider SSS PERA, mutual fund, UITF, etc. The important thing here is to know your options well.
Happy investing 🙂
Federico is an electronics engineer, financial blogger, insurance agent, and a certified investment solicitor. A multi-awarded financial advisor with clients ranging from lawyers, doctors, engineers, accountants, business owners, company directors, and OFWs to minimum wage earners had sought advice from him in achieving lifetime financial freedom.