December 3, 2018

Central Provident Fund Investment Scheme-included funds delivered 0.75% on average in Q3 2018

Singapore – Refinitiv’s Lipper today announced its findings on the performance of all unit trusts and investment-linked insurance products (ILPs) that are included under the Central Provident Fund Investment Scheme (CPFIS) as of 30 September 2018.

In Q3 2018, the overall performance of CPFIS-included funds increased 0.75% on average. Specifically, CPFIS-included unit trusts increased 1.28% and CPFIS-included ILPs rose 0.44%. By asset class, across all CPFIS-included funds, equities, bonds, mixed assets and money market funds posted positive returns of 0.95%, 0.08%, 0.65% and 0.29% respectively. During the same period, the MSCI All Country Asia ex-Japan index and the FTSE World Government Bond Index slid 1.24% and 1.41%, respectively.

For the one-year period ended September 2018, the overall performance of CPFIS-included funds posted a positive return of 3.18% on average. CPFIS-included unit trusts rallied 3.85% on the year and CPFIS-included ILPs soared 2.80% on average. Meanwhile, the benchmark MSCI All Country Asia ex-Japan Index rose 2.37% and the FTSE World Government Bond Index fell 0.93%. For the one year period, on average, equities (+4.45%) outperformed bonds (-0.84%), mixed-assets (+2.37%) and money market funds (+0.90%). 

For the three-year period ended September 2018, CPFIS-included funds achieved 24.95% growth on average, accounted for by a gain of 27.88% from CPFIS-included unit trusts and 23.42% from CPFIS-included ILPs. During this period, the MSCI All Country Asia ex-Japan Index rallied 40.94% and the FTSE World Government Bond Index achieved 1.02%. Equities were the lead gainer with growth of 32.27%, while bonds posted 4.92% return on average for the period.

Xav Feng, Head of Asia Pacific Research, Lipper at Refinitiv, commented, “In the third quarter of 2018, CPFIS funds successfully achieved positive returns despite continued market fluctuation and volatility risk. The recent sell-off in tech stocks is impacting the rest of markets while sliding oil prices are triggering concerns around a continued global economic recovery. Investors ought to remain alert amidst unstable market factors including further potential interest rate hikes from the US Federal Reserve and President Trump's on-going trade war with China”.

Performance of CPFIS-included unit trusts and ILPs during the 3, 12 and 36 month periods ending September 2018:

  Average of CPFIS-included unit trusts & ILPs
CPFIS-included unit trusts
CPFIS-included ILPs
3-month period ended September 2018
12-month period ended September 2018
36-month period ended September 2018

Source: Lipper 

The Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS) and Life Insurance Association of Singapore (LIAS) have appointed Lipper to monitor the performance of all unit trusts and investment-linked insurance products included under the Central Provident Fund Investment Scheme (CPFIS).

Notes to the Editor:

Information provided by Lipper has been obtained from or is based upon sources believed to be reliable but is not warranted to be accurate or complete. Lipper does not make any representation or warranty, express or implied, to investors or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in any product or mutual fund particularly. Past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance and investors should remember that past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

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