South Korea’s state pension fund posted a return rate of 6.81 percent in the first four months of 2019 on the back of solid performances in domestic and foreign stock markets, the fund’s operator said on June 28.
The state pension logged a 9.97 percent investment return from the local stock market and a 20.34 percent yield from investments in overseas stocks, according to the National Pension Service.
The NPS’ return rate from investments in domestic and foreign bonds reached 1.42 percent and 6.68 percent, respectively, while the yield for alternative asset investments was tallied at 3.46 percent in the January-April period, it added.
Last year, the pension fund, the world’s third-largest investor, logged a minus 0.9 percent return rate due to unfavorable market conditions, such as trade frictions between the United States and China. The poor performance marked the first time in a decade that the fund’s return rate lay in negative terrain.
The cumulative return rate of the state pension fund, which was launched in 1988, stood at 5.4 percent as of the end of April, with its cumulative earnings at 337.3 trillion won ($291.6 billion).
By Ram Garikipati and newswires (firstname.lastname@example.org)