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July 2013 return

SPP posted a return of 1.67 to the balanced fund (BF) and 0.07 to the short-term fund (STF). The year to date return in the BF is 7.15% and in the STF is 0.34%.

Market index returns for July 2013 were:

Index July 2013 return (%)
S&P/TSX Composite (Canadian equities) 3.19
S&P 500 (C$) (US equities) 2.41
MSCI EAFE (C$)
(Non-north American equities)
2.59
DEX Universe Bond (Canadian bonds) 0.19
DEX 91 day T-bill 0.10

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June 2013 return

SPP posted a return of -1.13 to the balanced fund (BF) and 0.05 to the short-term fund (STF). The year to date return in the BF is 5.38% and in the STF is 0.27%.

Market index returns for June 2013 were:

Index Jun 2013 return (%)
S&P/TSX Composite (Canadian equities) -3.76
S&P 500 (C$) (US equities) 0.70
MSCI EAFE (C$)
(Non-north American equities)
-1.56
DEX Universe Bond (Canadian bonds) -2.03
DEX 91 day T-bill 0.08

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May 2013 return

SPP posted a return of 1.17 to the balanced fund (BF) and 0.06 to the short-term fund (STF). The year to date return in the BF is 6.59% and in the STF is 0.22%.

Market index returns for May 2013 were:

Index May 2013 return (%)
S&P/TSX Composite (Canadian equities) 1.77
S&P 500 (C$) (US equities) 5.16
MSCI EAFE (C$)
(Non-north American equities)
0.27
DEX Universe Bond (Canadian bonds) -1.46
DEX 91 day T-bill 0.08

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April 2013 return

SPP posted a return of 0.68 to the balanced fund (BF) and 0.05 to the short-term fund (STF). The year to date return in the BF is 5.36% and in the STF is 0.16%.

Market index returns for April 2013 were:

Index Apr 2013 return (%)
S&P/TSX Composite (Canadian equities) -2.07
S&P 500 (C$) (US equities) 0.91
MSCI EAFE (C$)
(Non-north American equities)
4.16
DEX Universe Bond (Canadian bonds) 1.14
DEX 91 day T-bill 0.08

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A comprehensive investment update to the end of the first quarter is available on our website at saskpension.com.

March 2013 return

SPP posted a return of 0.60 to the balanced fund (BF) and 0.037 to the short-term fund (STF). The year to date return in the BF is 4.65% and in the STF is 0.110%.

Market index returns for March 2013 were:

Index Mar 2013 return (%)
S&P/TSX Composite (Canadian equities) -0.19
S&P 500 (C$) (US equities) 2.53
MSCI EAFE (C$)
(Non-north American equities)
-0.37
DEX Universe Bond (Canadian bonds) 0.44
DEX 91 day T-bill 0.07

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February 2013 return

SPP posted a return of 1.78% to the balanced fund (BF) and 0.028% to the short-term fund (STF). The year to date return in the BF is 4.02% and in the STF is 0.073%.

Market index returns for February 2013 were:

Index  Feb 2013 return (%)
S&P/TSX Composite (Canadian equities) 1.26
S&P 500 (C$) (US equities) 4.32
MSCI EAFE (C$)
(Non-north American equities)
1.95
DEX Universe Bond (Canadian bonds) 1.00
DEX 91 day T-bill 0.07

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A comprehensive investment update to the end of the fourth quarter is available on our website at saskpension.com.

January 2013 return

SPP posted a return of 2.20% to the balanced fund (BF) and 0.045% to the short-term fund (STF). The year to date return in the BF is 2.20% and in the STF is 0.045%.

Market index returns for January 2013 were:

Index  Jan 2013 return (%)
S&P/TSX Composite (Canadian equities) 2.25
S&P 500 (C$) (US equities) 5.51
MSCI EAFE (C$)
(Non-north American equities)
5.61
DEX Universe Bond (Canadian bonds) -0.74
DEX 91 day T-bill 0.09

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A comprehensive investment update to the end of the fourth quarter is available on our website at saskpension.com.

December 2012 return

SPP posted a return of 1.22% to the balanced fund (BF) and 0.057% to the short-term fund (STF). The year to date return in the BF is 8.45% and in the STF is 0.52%.

Market index returns for December 2012 were:

Index  Dec 2012 return (%)
S&P/TSX Composite (Canadian equities) 1.95
S&P 500 (C$) (US equities) 1.15
MSCI EAFE (C$)
(Non-north American equities)
3.44
DEX Universe Bond (Canadian bonds) -0.13
DEX 91 day T-bill 0.10

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November 2012 return

SPP posted a return of 0.52% to the balanced fund (BF) and 0.05% to the short-term fund (STF). The year to date return in the BF is 7.15% and in the STF is 0.46%.

Market index returns for November 2012 were:

Index  Nov 2012 return (%)
S&P/TSX Composite (Canadian equities) -1.28
S&P 500 (C$) (US equities) -0.04
MSCI EAFE (C$)
(Non-north American equities)
1.79
DEX Universe Bond (Canadian bonds) 0.62
DEX 91 day T-bill 0.10

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Why fees make a difference

By Sheryl Smolkin

If you save for retirement with the Saskatchewan Pension Plan, the Contribution Fund allows you to invest in a professionally managed balanced portfolio or a short-term fund. The composition of the balanced fund at September 30, 2012 is illustrated below. On average, annual fees are targeted to be one percent.

Yet a recent article in the Globe and Mail by columnist Rob Carrick reveals that the average management expense ratio (MER) — that’s the ratio of fees to the total amount of money in the fund — is 2.37 per cent for six types of retail balanced funds he reviewed.

Carrick also notes that yield on a five-year Government of Canada bond — that is, the annualized return from the interest you receive — is about 2.5 per cent right now. A five-year provincial government bond yields about 2.9 per cent. Subtract the average balanced fund fee from these yields and you’re not left with much. Those same fees will grind down your returns from the stocks in your balanced fund, though not quite so dramatically.

How much of a difference do fees make? Take a look at the following two scenarios:

  1. If starting at age 30 you save $2,500/yr. in the SPP for 35 years with an average annual net interest rate of five per cent you will have savings of $237,090 at age 65.
  2. If starting at age 30 you save $2,500/yr. in a retail balanced mutual fund for 35 years with an average net annual interest rate of 3.63 per cent (lower because admin expenses are 1.37 per cent higher than in SPP) you will have savings of only $177,235 at age 65.

That’s a difference of almost $60,000. And the results are much more dramatic if you deposit $2,500/year for 35 years and transfer in another $10,000/year from your RRSP. Earning 5 per cent a year in SPP, your balance would be $1,185,454 but if you only earn 3.63 per cent in a retail balanced mutual fund you will save only $886,176 or 25 per cent less.

For more information about SPP investments, see Investments.

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