SWITZERLAND - Swiss institutional funds had a poor first half of the year, with an average unweighted return of -5.46%, according to the Lusenti Partners annual Swiss Institutional survey.
Only real estate - both direct and indirect - and commodities delivered positive results.
Hedge funds and private equity both delivered negative average results of -4.6% and -2.7% respectively, while Swiss Franc denominated bonds acted as a 'refuge' for wary investors.
The survey said preliminary results taking into account movements through the third quarter showed a deterioration in returns, with an unweighted return in the region of -6%.
The survey added a 'typical' asset allocation lost about 3% in September alone, although over the third quarter this would have been reduced to -0.6%.
Coverage ratios also fell, from an average of 113.6% at the end of the first half of 2007 to an average of 105%
However, despite the level of volatility on the markets, investors said this "had not called into doubt" their investment to equities.
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According to various news outlets, Mercer has indicated Canadian funds lost an average of 7.9% during Q3, the worst quarter's performance since Q3 in 1998 when the average fund lost 9.1%.
The average Canadian plan, Mercer said, had a funding ratio of 72% at the end of Q3, although this recently dropped to 70%.
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