Real Estate Puts Damper on Caisse, OMERS gains
The Caisse’s real estate portfolio posted a -15.8% loss.
BY Caroline Cakebread | March 1, 2010
Positive news from two of Canada’s largest pension funds – both The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (the Caisse) and The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) posted double-digit gains for 2009. While the big funds enjoyed a stellar rebound in equity markets, private equity and infrastructure, real estate was a problem spot for both.
Taking a closer look at the numbers, the Caisse posted a total fund return of 10.4% and OMERS enjoyed a 10.6% rate of return. However, real estate dragged both funds down – the Caisse’s real estate portfolio posted a -15.8% loss. At OMERS, the asset class generated a lowly 1.3% return (the fund’s benchmark was 6.7%). OMERS also reported disappointing numbers for its “strategic investments” division which lost -1.2%, well below the benchmark of 10.7%.
Both funds also lagged their one-year benchmarks.
There were a few star performers at both: emerging markets at the Caisse returned an impressive 50%, while private equity and infrastructure at OMERS gained 13.9% and 10.9% respectively.