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CPFIS funds post average return of 1.32% in Q4

Funds included under the Central Provident Fund Investment Scheme (CPFIS) posted an average return of 1.32 per cent in the three months to Dec 31, marking three straight quarters in the black.

Unit trusts rose 2.36 per cent while investment-linked insurance products (ILPs) inched up 0.69 per cent, according to fund research firm Thomson Reuters Lipper on Friday.

Equities posted returns of 2.5 per cent, mixed-asset funds grew 0.51 per cent and money market funds increased 0.08 per cent.

But bonds posted negative returns of 2.65 per cent. During the same period, the MSCI AC Asia ex-Japan index fell 0.66 per cent while Citigroup WGBI TR dipped 3.08 per cent.

STAY ALERT

Mr Xav Feng, head of Asia Pacific research at Thomson Reuters Lipper, urged investors to stay alert for potential surprises or uncertainty.

CPFIS-linked funds performed better on a longer-term perspective.

The overall performance of these funds was up 4.82 per cent on average in the 12 months to Dec 31. Unit trusts grew 5.43 per cent while ILPs rose 4.46 per cent. On average, equities (5.7 per cent) outperformed bond offerings (2.39 per cent), mixed-asset (4.23 per cent) and money market funds (0.64 per cent).

Citigroup WGBI TR rose 3.47 per cent and MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Index rose 7.71 per cent in the same period.

CPFIS-included funds reported strong growth of 11.92 per cent on average for the three years to Dec 31 last year. This was accounted for by a gain of 13.56 per cent from the scheme's unit trusts and 11.07 per cent from ILPs.

Equities were the lead gainer with growth of 13.22 per cent, while the money market portfolio posted 1.31 per cent on average.

MSCI AC Asia ex-Japan Index surged 15.88 per cent and Citigroup WGBI TR rose 11.56 per cent over the three years. - THE STRAITS TIMES

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