Global equities posted strong returns in May, resulting in a gain of more than 1% (net of fees) for the month. Overall performance however continued to be below expectation -- returns were 88 basis points (0.88%) below the Fund’s benchmark return for the month and 405 basis points (4.05%) below benchmark for the 12-month period ending May 31, 2015.
The net return after the first nine months of the plan year stands at 6.1465% (September 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015). For additional detail, please see the new 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.