How to Invest Retail Treasury Bonds in the Philippines – RTB Guides

Do you want to earn a fixed income this 2021? Then you should read these guides we made about how to invest in Retail Treasury Bonds in the Philippines, also known as RTB.

Retail Treasury Bonds are one of our favorite investments simply because they generate fixed income. To learn a piece of brief information about what Retail Treasury Bonds are, read on.

What are Retail Treasury Bonds?

Retail Treasury Bonds are types of fixed-income investments issued by the Philippine government to make securities available for small investors.


It means that they cater to the retail market or small investors. Small investors can benefit from RTB offered by the government as they reward fixed income.


RTB are administered by the Bureau of Treasury in the Philippines. The Bureau of Treasury always announce RTB offerings before they become available to the public or to the accredited banks.


RTB are types of bonds, they pay a fixed amount of interest per annum with a predetermined maturity date.

In a nutshell, you lend the government your money, and in return, the government will pay your money on the maturity date plus fixed interest income every quarter. How is that sound?

Why should you Invest in Retail Treasury Bonds?

Unlike stocks, mutual funds and UITFs, RTB are low-risk investments because they are fixed income and backed by the full taxing power of the government. To summarize the benefits and reasons why you should invest in RTB, see our list of retail treasury bonds benefits below.

Benefits of Investing in Retail Treasury Bonds:

Very Low Risk

As mentioned, Retail Treasury Bonds are low-risk investments to the point that many people call them “risk-free” investments.

But of course, there is nothing like a risk-free money wheel. Since RTB are back up by the government, it is almost impossible to lose your money because the government will always find a way to issue cash or do some ways to earn some.


You can invest RTB for as low as P5,000 in the primary market. Keep in mind that since RTB is low-risk, you should not expect higher interest rates or earnings. What matters is the more you invest, the better.

Easy to Open

Retail Treasury Bonds are easy to open. The Bureau of Treasury authorizes our well-known banks to issue and offer RTB to the public. All you have to do is find out the offer period for RTB and go to your bank to reserve how much you want to buy.

Regular Earnings

When you have this type of investment, you will receive interest payments quarterly based on the principal market rate you have signed up for.

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How to Invest Retail Treasury Bonds in the Philippines?

Step 1: Check for Available RTB Offering

First, find out if the Bureau of Treasury is offering upcoming Retail Treasury Bonds. Because these are big opportunities, we made the latest list on this link: “RTB Offering Philippines 2021

Step 2: Open Your RTB Investment

If there are available RTB offerings, then proceed to your bank and approach a Trust representative or any staff under the Asset Management Group or Trust Group. Tell them you are interested to invest in Retail Treasury Bonds.

Step 3: Submit Your Documents

Bring some docs like your valid IDs, your bank account (usually your settlement account), and make sure you know your TIN (Tax Identification Number). Opening a Retail Treasury Bonds account requires many papers and documents to be filled out and signed, so make time for it.

The bank agent will give you the documents you need to fill out and sign. They are usually the ones listed below.

Step 4: Receive Your Fixed Income

Retail Treasury Bonds usually pay quarterly fixed interest income in the Philippines. The investor will receive his fixed income on his chosen settlement bank account. The settlement bank account is provided during the opening of his RTB investment.

Step 5: Receive Your Capital on the Maturity Date

When you reach your Retail Treasury Bonds’ maturity date, your original investment fund will be paid back to you in full.

Requirements to Invest in Retail Treasury Bonds in the Philippines:

  • Bureau of Treasury (BTr) Investor’s Undertaking
  • Special Power of Attorney
  • Client Suitability Assessment Form
  • Risk Disclosure Statement
  • Client Agreement
  • Checklist
  • Order Ticket
  • Data Privacy Form
  • Others as may be required by the Issuer or bank

The RTB issuer or the bank usually provides the required documents above, and you need to fill and sign them up.

How much will you earn if you invested in Retail Treasury Bonds?

Since RTB are low-risk investments, they also generate low returns and low-interest rates compared to stocks, mutual funds, and UITF investments. The latest RTB issue rate we got was 4.875% per annum. That is really not low income if your principal is 1 million or above. If you invested 1 million, for example, you’d get around 117,000 effortlessly.

If you invest in RTB, you earn a fixed income for medium-term investment. You don’t worry so much because the guarantee you will have your money back plus interest is almost 100%.

Retail Treasury Bonds Calculator

Here’s a sample calculator from the Bureau of Treasury using the recent interest rate. Returns displayed assume an interest period of three years and are net of 20% final withholding tax. 365-day time deposit rate assumed is 2.650%

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Where to open RTB in the Philippines?

The following universal banks offer Retail Treasury Bonds in the Philippines. The Bureau of Treasury authorizes these banks to cater to people interested in investing in Retail Treasury Bonds (RTB).

  • BDO
  • BPI
  • PNB
  • Metrobank
  • Landbank
  • Security Bank
  • Bank of Commerce
  • China Bank
  • DBP
  • PB Com
  • RCBC
  • Unionbank
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5 thoughts on “How to Invest Retail Treasury Bonds in the Philippines – RTB Guides”

  1. In your example computation of RTB earning for One Million at 4.875% interest rate p.a., the interest is about 117k. I cannot arrive at this value in using compound interest formula. How do you compute the interest?

    • Hi, Jaye 🙂 Thanks for visiting! Treasury Bills are short term investments, usually with a tenor of less than one year, thus with lower yield. On the other hand, Treasury Bonds are medium to long term investments, usually more than one year and with higher yield or earnings


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