The Canada Pension Plan fund returned 2.5 per cent after all costs during the second quarter of fiscal 2018.

It ended the second quarter with net assets of $328.2 billion, up from $326.5 billion at the end of the first quarter. The $1.7 billion net increase in assets for the quarter consisted of $2.3 billion in net income after all Canada Pension Plan Investment Board costs, less $600 million in net CPP cash outflows.

The fund has increased by $11.5 billion for the fiscal year-to-date period ending Sept. 30, 2017. The rise consists of $8.1 billion in net income after CPPIB costs and $3.4 billion in net CPP cash inflows. 

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“Equities advanced internationally ‎during the quarter moderated by negative Canadian fixed income and foreign currency returns,” said Mark Machin, president and chief executive officer at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

“The fund delivered a modest return with contributions from all of our major investment programs as our teams pursued a number of select transactions setting the stage for added future growth. Our broadly diversified investment portfolio continues to generate strong long-term performance results for the Canada Pension Plan and its contributors and beneficiaries.” 

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Investment highlights for the second quarter included:

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CPPIB’s dispositions of assets included: 

  • The sale of its 50 per cent ownership in Constitution Square, an office property in Ottawa; and
  • The sale of all farmland assets owned by Agriculture Company of America.

Copyright © 2017 Transcontinental Media G.P. Originally published on benefitscanada.com

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