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RBC Investor & Treasury Services Quarterly Survey - Canadian Pension Assets Move Higher in Q2

TORONTO, July 28, 2014 - Pension assets increased for a fourth successive quarter as global markets maintained their winning streak during the three months ending June 30, according to the latest survey from RBC Investor & Treasury Services.

Within the $520 billion RBC Investor & Treasury Services All Plans universe – the industry’s most comprehensive universe of Canadian pension plans – defined benefit (DB) pension plans returned 3.0 per cent during the second quarter 2014, bringing year-to-date results to 7.8 per cent.

“While assets continue to gain momentum, we can also infer that liabilities have also increased as longer-term bond yields have come down,” said Scott MacDonald, managing director, Pensions for RBC Investor & Treasury Services.

Canadian equity remained the top performing asset class as the S&P/TSX Composite Index gained 6.4 per cent in the quarter and 12.9 per cent year-to-date. “The two largest sectors (Financials and Energy) accounted for the bulk of the increase with Energy leading the way as concerns over Iraq helped boost oil stocks,” said MacDonald. “Pensions kept pace with the index for the quarter but still lag by 0.2 per cent year-to-date.”

“Bonds fared better than most expected as a result of declining interest rates, gaining 2.1 per cent in the quarter and 5.5 per cent over six months. Strength continued to come from the longer end of the curve, pushing year-to-date totals to 9.1 per cent for FTSE/TMX Long Term bonds and 10.7 per cent for FTSE/TMX Real Return Bonds,” said MacDonald.

Foreign stock markets also moved higher for the eighth consecutive quarter as the MSCI World Index gained 4.4 per cent in local currency terms, but FX losses resulted in advances of only 1.0 per cent for Canadian pension plans. “Currency volatility has been a key factor affecting performance this year as the Canadian dollar rebounded back to year-end levels against the US dollar and the Euro,” added MacDonald. Year-to-date results show foreign assets up 6.4 per cent, which is in line with the World benchmark.


About RBC Investor & Treasury Services
RBC Investor & Treasury Services (RBC I&TS) is a leading specialist provider of asset servicing, custody, payments and treasury services for financial and other institutional investors worldwide. We serve clients from 18 locations across North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. We deliver custodial, advisory, financing and other services to safeguard clients’ assets, maximize liquidity and manage risk in multiple jurisdictions. RBC I&TS is ranked among the world’s top 10 global asset servicing businesses, with CAD 3.4 trillion (USD 3 trillion) in client assets under administration (as of February 26, 2014).

About RBC
Royal Bank of Canada is Canada’s largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We employ approximately 79,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 42 other countries.

RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2013, we contributed more than $104 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community investments of more than $69 million and $35 million in sponsorships.
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