TORONTO, April 30, 2015 /CNW/ - During a quarter that featured falling
oil prices, a Bank of Canada rate cut and uneven global economic data,
Canadian pension plans generated positive returns for the seventh
According to the $600 billion RBC Investor & Treasury Services All Plan
universe - the industry's most comprehensive universe of Canadian
pension plans - defined benefit (DB) pension plans returned 6.6 per
cent for the first quarter of 2015.
"Following the Bank of Canada's surprise rate cut announcement in
January, long term interest rates continued to fall. Even though their
asset performance for the quarter was strong, Canadian pensions face
growing pressure if asset returns fail to keep pace with liabilities,"
said Scott MacDonald, managing director, Pensions, RBC Investor &
The best performing asset class in the first quarter was Foreign
Equities, which returned 12.0 per cent, in line with the benchmark MSCI
World Index return of 11.9 per cent. "While both U.S. and non-U.S.
foreign equities delivered double digit returns for Canadian investors
in the first quarter, the two segments had contrasting performance
drivers: U.S. equities were boosted by the U.S. dollar appreciating 9.3
per cent against the Canadian dollar, even as U.S. markets stayed flat.
Europe, on the other hand, benefitted from cheap oil, increasing
exports, and the implementation of the European Central Bank's
Quantitative Easing program," said MacDonald.
Canadian equities returned 2.3 per cent for the quarter versus 2.6 per
cent for the benchmark TSX Composite Index. "Despite Financials and
Energy declining, deal activity in the Health Care sector along with
gains in IT and Consumer Discretionary helped offset those losses,"
"As Canadian 10 year yields fell for the fifth consecutive quarter,
Canadian pensions' bond holdings returned 4.6 per cent. Long-duration
bonds continued to be the best performing segment, with the FTSE TMX
Canada Long Term Overall Bond Index returning 7.1 per cent for the
quarter," said MacDonald.
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