While global equity markets were mixed in May overall returns were positive for the 11th consecutive month, resulting in a modest gain of about 1% to the Fund (net of fees). Overall performance was also mixed -- returns were 60 basis points (0.6%) below the benchmark return for the month and 2.36% above the benchmark for the 12-month period ending May 31, 2014.
The net return after the first nine months of the plan year stands at 14.4301% (September 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014).
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.
Questions? Contact the Pensions & Benefits Unit of the Department of Human Resources.