TORONTO, May 2, 2013 /CNW/ - The month of April once again saw
exceptional returns for foreign equity funds sold in Canada, while
domestic equity funds found themselves in negative territory.
Thirty-three of the 42 Morningstar Canada Fund Indices had positive
results for the month, including increases of more than 2% for eight of
the 23 equity fund categories, according to preliminary performance
data released today by Morningstar Canada.
The top-performing fund index in April was the one that measures the
aggregate performance of funds in the Japanese Equity category; it
posted a 7.8% increase for the month, extending its winning streak to
six consecutive months. Japan's Nikkei 225 Index posted its best
one-month return since December 2009 with an 11.8% gain in local
currency terms, as the Bank of Japan began implementing its aggressive
monetary easing action. The Japanese yen also continued its downward
trend, dropping 4.4% versus the Canadian dollar and tempering returns
for Canadian investors.
Also among the top performers were the fund indices that track the Asia
Pacific Equity, Global Small/Mid Cap Equity, International Equity, and
European Equity categories, with increases of 3.2%, 3.1%, 3.0%, and
"Mixed economic data globally, including positive real GDP growth for
the first quarter in the United States and a disappointing decline in
Chinese manufacturing, contributed to a volatile month that concluded
with most of the major markets showing improvement," said Morningstar
Fund Analyst Achilleas Taxildaris. "European equities fared well after
a bailout agreement was reached in Cyprus. The expectation that the
European Central Bank will cut interest rates also contributed to the
performance of European markets."
Domestic equity funds continued to underperform their international
counterparts, with all five Morningstar Canada Fund Indices that track
Canadian stock categories posting negative monthly returns. The
decreases ranged from 0.1% for the Morningstar Canadian Dividend &
Income Equity Fund Index to 1.7% for the Morningstar Canadian Equity
"The S&P/TSX Composite Index lost 2.1% last month due to the
underperformance of the basic materials sector, which dropped 13.5%.
The other two large sectors in the index, financial services and
energy, did not provide any support and ended the month with small
decreases," Taxildaris said.
For the fifth time in the past six months, the worst-performing fund
index was Precious Metals Equity with a decrease of 19.4%--its largest
one-month decline since the crash of October 2008. "After a sharp drop
to a two-year low, gold managed to slowly recover almost to the
US$1,500 mark during the last week of April, for an 8% drop for the
month. The news that Cyprus would sell gold reserves in order to raise
funds and meet the conditions of its bailout was considered the main
reason for the drastic decline, but the renewal of aggressive monetary
policies by central banks around the world helped gold's rebound,"
For more about April fund performance, go to www.morningstar.ca.
Morningstar Canada's preliminary fund performance figures are based on
change in funds' net asset values per share during the month, and do
not necessarily include end-of-month income distributions. Final
performance figures will be published on www.morningstar.ca next week.
About Morningstar Research Inc. and Morningstar, Inc.
Morningstar Research Inc. is a Canadian subsidiary of Chicago-based
Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment
research in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The company
offers an extensive line of products and services for individuals,
financial advisors, and institutions. Morningstar provides data on
approximately 422,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual
funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data on
more than 9 million equities, indexes, futures, options, commodities,
and precious metals, in addition to foreign exchange and Treasury
markets. Morningstar also offers investment management services through
its registered investment advisor subsidiaries and has approximately
US$157 billion in assets under advisement or management as of March 31,
2013. The company has operations in 27 countries.
SOURCE: Morningstar Research Inc.
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