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Irish Pension Funds decline for first time in 15 months

Irish pension managed funds delivered negative returns on average for the first time since January 2014. During April, Irish pension managed funds declined 1.3% on average. Kleinwort Benson Investors took the top spot with a return of -0.2% for the month, while Zurich Life propped up the league table with a return of -2.1%.

Pension managed funds have still returned a very strong 11.8% on average over the first four months of 2015. Merrion Investment Managers are ahead of the pack over this period with a return of 15.0%, while Setanta Asset Management lagged the peer group, with a return of 10.2%. Over the past twelve months, the average fund return was 26.6%. Returns for the year ranged from 32.6% (Merrion Investment Managers) to 20.9% (New Ireland).

The average managed fund return has been a very strong 17.2% per annum over the past three years. The five-year average return is a healthy 11.7% per annum. Irish group pension managed fund returns over the past ten years have been 6.9% per annum on average.