Despite market volatility, traditional assets outperformed the alternative assets for the quarter.
TORONTO, Aug. 7, 2019 /CNW/ - The median return of the BNY Mellon Canadian Master Trust Universe, a BNY Mellon Global Risk Solutions fund-level tracking service, was +2.34% for the second quarter of 2019, down from higher returns recorded during the first quarter. The 1 year median return as of June 30, 2019 was +6.14%, while the median 10-year annualized return was +8.95%.
The BNY Mellon Canadian Master Trust Universe results are based on $242.7 billion worth of investment assets in Canadian investment plans, with the average plan size of $2.9 billion. The Universe is designed to provide peer comparisons by plan type and size, and it comprises 84 Canadian corporate, public and university pension plans. Additional insight into the plan results is provided by BNY Mellon's Asset Strategy View, and the Universe product extension, Asset Allocation Trust Universes.
"Equity markets around the globe fluctuated during the second quarter, reporting only modest performance as compared to last quarter's higher returns. Despite market volatility and slowing global growth, all traditional asset classes posted positive results for the quarter and outperformed alternative assets," said Catherine Thrasher, Strategic Client Solutions and Global Risk Solutions, CIBC Mellon and BNY Mellon.
Canadian Fixed Income delivered the highest asset class performance, with a quarterly median return of +2.92% and with a one-year return of +8.33%. Canadian equity performance was lower this quarter but still positive, with a quarterly median return of +1.95%. U.S. Equity also achieved positive results during the second quarter of 2019, returning +1.36% however this was behind the U.S. market index result. International and Non-Canadian Equity median returns were behind the Non-North American equities market but were still positive, at +1.20% and +1.41% respectively.
Q2 2019 Highlights of the BNY Mellon Canadian Master Trust Universe
Median returns of the BNY Mellon Canadian Master Trust Universe outperformed Canadian plans over $1 billion by 18 basis points for Q2 2019.
Canadian Foundations and Endowments trailed among plans for the second quarter of 2019, posting modest median performance of +1.42%. Canadian Universities were further ahead, with a higher return of +2.03%.
The Fixed Income median return was +2.92% in the second quarter of 2019. Fixed Income outperformed relative to the FTSE Canada Bond Universe Index, which returned +2.51%.
Equity segment returns were much lower this quarter as compared to the first quarter of 2019, however still displaying positive results across the board. Canadian Equity posted the highest quarterly median return of +1.95%, but still ended well behind the S&P/TSX Composite Index return of +2.59%. U.S. Equity performance of +1.36% was also behind the S&P 500 Index result of +2.02%. International Equity and Non-Canadian Equity also achieved positive results, with respective median corresponding returns of +1.20% and +1.41%. However, these results also finished below the MSCI EAFE Index and MSCI World Index returns of +1.69% and +1.92%.
Further insight from the BNY Mellon Asset Allocation Trust Universes indicates that Emerging Markets Equity posted a negative median return for the quarter of -0.68%, outperforming the MSCI Emerging Markets Index return of -1.47%.
BNY Mellon Asset Allocation Trust Universes also provides insight regarding alternative asset classes. Real Estate reported a positive median return of +1.14%, followed by Private Equity at +0.76%. Hedge Funds also reported a positive median return of +0.56% for the second quarter.
BNY Mellon Canadian Master Trust Universe Median Plan Returns*
Canadian Master Trust Total Fund
Canadian Foundations & Endowments
*All returns are posted gross of fee results, calculated in Canadian dollars.
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