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A pedestrian is seen passing by the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) office in Kuala Lumpur, on November 16, 2020. — Picture by BERNAMA

EPF’s external fund managers achieve record total income last year

KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — The Employees Provident Fund’s (EPF) panel of external fund managers delivered commendable results in 2023 with a record total income of about 22 per cent of the overall income, despite facing uncertain and challenging markets.

EPF chairman Tan Sri Ahmad Badri Mohd Zahir said as of December 31, RM189 billion had been outsourced to external fund managers to be invested in equity and fixed-income instruments, representing 17 per cent of the retirement fund’s total investment assets.

“The total funds under management by external equity and fixed income managers have nearly tripled from five years ago,” he said in a statement today to announce the 11 winners of the EPF External Fund Managers Awards 2023.

In addition to maximising its portfolio-level risk-adjusted returns, the EPF also seeks to empower all its investee companies and external fund managers to deliver positive societal and environmental impacts.

“Their demonstrated dedication to creating lasting values has contributed to the success of the EPF in delivering sustainable returns as the EPF protects members’ retirement well-being,” Badri said.

The EPF External Fund Managers Awards 2023 recognises these fund managers’ outstanding performance in their respective mandates, which are assessed using quantitative metrics.

The winners include AIIMAN Asset Management Sdn Bhd in the Best Domestic Equity Fund Manager (Shariah) 2023 category, Pheim Asset Management Sdn Bhd (Best Domestic Equity Fund Manager (Conventional) 2023), BNP Paribas Asset Management Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Best Global Bond Fund Manager 2023), and Principal Asset Management Bhd (Best International Equity Fund Manager for MSCI EM Latin America 2023).

Robeco Institutional Asset Management was named Best International Equity Fund Manager for Factor Investing 2023, Abrdn Malaysia Sdn Bhd won Best International Equity Fund Manager for MSCI Ethical Asia (ex Japan ex Malaysia) 2023, and AHAM Capital Asset Management received the Best EPF Domestic Equity Fund Manager 2023 award.

Amundi Aalam Sdn Bhd and Amundi Malaysia Sdn Bhd clinched the Best International Equity Fund Manager for FTSE Shariah World Developed 2023 and Best International Equity Fund Manager for FTSE Ethical World Developed 2023 awards, respectively.

Meanwhile, Amundi secured both the Best EPF Global Equity Fund Manager 2023 and Best EPF External Fund Manager 2023 awards.

For 2023, the EPF delivered a dividend rate of 5.50 per cent with a payout of RM50.33 billion for Simpanan Konvensional and 5.40 per cent with a payout of RM7.48 billion for Simpanan Shariah.

Cumulatively, the total payout for 2023 was RM57.81 billion.

Badri added that this achievement was also attributed to the fund managers’ diversification into different asset classes, markets and currencies that had helped the EPF to maintain resilience against market volatilities and safeguard its investment returns.

— Bernama

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