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Monthly Pension Update: January 2019

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Pension Plan Fund rate -2.53% through January 2019.

Global equity markets bounced back solidly in January, resulting in a gain of 3.8% (net of fees) for the month. Overall performance however was mixed -- returns were 43 basis points (0.53%) above the Fund’s benchmark return for the month but 188 basis points (1.76%) below benchmark for the 12-month period ending January 31, 2019.

The net return after the first five months of the plan year stands at -2.5294% (September 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019). For additional detail, please see the monthly report on Fund performance prepared by Investment Services.

Note that the current fund rate, which is calculated monthly based on reports from both our managers and the Plan's trustee, is now used to determine final values for members who decide to initiate pension benefit payments as well as for those who elect to transfer their account balances following termination or retirement. Active and deferred member balances are updated once each year based on the fund rate of return following our year-end of August 31.

For more information, please contact the Pensions Services unit of the Department of Human Resources.