Favourable return despite turbulent times
The Second AP Fund’s capital assets totalled SEK 227.5 billion on December 31st 2007, an increase of SEK 10.7 billion compared with year-end 2006. During the year, the Fund reported net inflows of SEK 2 billion. The net result for the year amounted to SEK 8.7 billion.
The Fund noted a return of 4.2 percent on its total portfolio, before commission and operating expenses. Net return, less expenses, was 4.0 percent.
Since its inception, and including the 2007 result, the Second AP Fund has maintained an average return of 6 percent per annum. This means that the Fund’s result is consistent with the average targeted return deemed necessary for the Fund to fulfil its responsibilities within the Swedish national pension system.
For the twelve months ending December 31st 2007, the Fund posted a relative return of -0.4 percent on quoted assets, before commission and operating expenses. This was largely attributable to rebalancing effects deriving from high market volatility. A new rebalancing procedure has been initiated.
Return on alternative investments was 13.4 percent.
The growth in the Fund’s capital is primarily attributable to the strong performance of global equities, where the Fund’s investments in emerging and Asian markets, excluding Japan, have posted high returns. The Fund’s relatively limited exposure in foreign exchange (11 percent), especially in US dollars, where the degree of exchange hedging is high, has limited the impact of a weak dollar during the year on absolute return.
“The past year is likely to go down in history as one of exceptional turbulence on financial markets. Even so, the Second AP Fund is able to report a favourable return for the fifth year in succession,” notes CEO Eva Halvarsson, Second AP Fund.
The Second Swedish National Pension Fund/AP2’s Annual Report 2007 in English will be published on the Fund’s website at www.ap2.se in early March.
For further details, please contact CEO Eva Halvarsson, Second Swedish National Pension Fund/AP2 on +46 (0)31-704 29 00, or Carl Rosén, head of Corporate Governance & Communications, on +46 (0)739 40 10 10.