28 Feb '14, 4am

#CPFIS funds up 10.7%, beating 2012’s returns #CPF #invest

THE rally in equity markets powered funds approved under the Central Provident Fund Investment Scheme (CPFIS) up 10.73 per cent last year. The result pipped the 10.35 per cent returns recorded for 2012. Average returns for the fourth quarter were particularly buoyant, rising 3.69 per cent for the final three months of last year. Fund researcher Lipper, which is tasked with monitoring the performance of all CPFIS funds, noted that the bullish sentiment, particularly in developed markets, was the driving force behind the growth. This was reflected in the MSCI World Index, the key benchmark stock index, which rose 31.65 per cent in 2013. Investors poured money into markets in the United States and Europe on brighter economic outlooks and cheaper valuations of stocks. The US attracted about US$563 billion (S$715 billion) of fund inflow last year, while Europe saw a net positiv...

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