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Median Total Master Trust Returns to Positive Territory in Q2 2020 According to BNY Mellon U.S. Master Trust Universe

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Equity market rebound drives strong performance for all plan types during the quarter

NEW YORK, Aug. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The BNY Mellon U.S. Master Trust Universe returned a median +10.68% in the second quarter of 2020. This rebound almost entirely reverses the -10.9% loss suffered by plans in the first quarter.

The BNY Mellon U.S. Master Trust Universe offers peer comparisons of performance by plan type and size. It consists of 498 corporate, foundation, endowment, public, Taft-Hartley, and health care plans with a total market value of more than $2.1 trillion and an average plan size of over $6.8 billion. In aggregate, U.S. Master Trust Universe plans reported a one-year return of +4.16%, trailing the 3-year annualized return of +6.16% and 5-year annualized return of +6.15% respectively.

Taft-Hartley plans were the highest performing plan type for the quarter, benefitting from having the highest allocation to U.S. equity of any plan type. Endowments underperformed other plan types; their allocation to U.S. equity was the lowest of all plan types.

"U.S. equity was the highest performing asset class in the second quarter of 2020 while hedge fund performance lagged. Endowment asset allocations were underweight U.S. equity by 9% and overweight hedge funds by 12% versus other plan types, according to BNY Mellon's Asset Strategy View. These differences led to endowments being the lowest performing plan type for the quarter," said Frances Barney, CFA, Head of Global Risk Solutions at BNY Mellon.

"In a study we recently conducted on performance and asset allocation trends of endowments and foundations, we saw asset allocation weights having the opposite effect on performance. E&Fs with <$1B in assets suffered performance-wise in the first quarter of 2020 with higher allocations to public equity, whilst their larger peers, who tend to have higher allocations to alternatives, were somewhat cushioned from the market volatility," Ms. Barney concluded.

Additional Q2 Highlights

  • Less than 2% of plans posted negative results during the quarter

  • Taft-Hartley Plans saw the highest median return (+11.08%), followed by Corporate Plans (+11.00%)

  • U.S. equities posted a quarterly median return of +21.08%, versus the Russell 3000 Index return of +22.03%. Non-U.S. equities saw a median return of +17.51%-23.64%, compared to the FTSE Developed ex U.S. Net Index result of +15.76%. U.S. fixed income had a median return of +4.99%, versus the Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Bond Index return of +2.90%. Non-U.S. fixed income had a median return of +11.77%, versus the FTSE World Government Bond Non-US Index return of +2.99%. Real estate had a median return of -1.30%, versus the NCREIF Property Index result of -0.99%.

BNY Mellon U.S. Master Trust Universe users are now able to take advantage of BNY Mellon Asset Strategy View® as a separate service for additional analysis. BNY Mellon Asset Strategy View layers big data analytics onto detailed asset allocation, performance, and cash flow data for the majority of the BNY Mellon U.S. Master Trust Universe. It provides additional insight into underlying market trends and investor activity.

BNY Mellon U.S. Master Trust Universe Median Plan Returns*
Period Ending June 30, 2020

Universe

Number of
Participants

2Q
2020

One-

Year

Five-
Years

Ten-
Years

Master Trust Total Fund

498

10.68

4.16

6.15

8.19

Corporate Plans

220

11.00

7.70

7.22

8.90

Foundations

69

10.34

1.75

5.17

7.42

Endowments

68

8.77

1.60

5.25

7.47

Public Plans

88

10.53

2.56

5.95

8.31

Taft-Hartley Plans

26

11.08

2.41

5.45

7.66

Health Care Plans

16

10.11

4.16

5.83

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*All returns are posted gross of fee results.

BNY Mellon Asset Allocation Medians of those invested by Asset Class
Period Ending June 30, 2020

Asset Class

Q2 2020

One Year Ago

Three Years
Ago

Five Years
Ago

US Equity

19.60%

21.64%

22.80%

22.90%

Non-US Equity

11.62%

13.86%

16.10%

15.28%

Global Equity

5.21%

5.68%

5.67%

5.25%

US Fixed Income

23.89%

23.16%

20.69%

20.98%

Global Fixed Income

1.89%

2.40%

2.86%

3.30%

Non-US Fixed Income

1.90%

2.12%

2.09%

1.91%

TIPS/Inflation Linked Bonds

3.69%

3.47%

2.93%

3.28%

Real Estate

5.52%

5.19%

5.03%

5.02%

Private Equity

9.63%

8.58%

7.82%

8.34%

Other Real Assets

2.14%

2.27%

2.70%

3.23%

Hedge Funds

11.93%

11.66%

15.24%

15.05%

Cash

1.34%

1.19%

1.33%

1.56%

ABOUT BNY MELLON
BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment and wealth management and investment services in 35 countries. As of June 30, 2020, BNY Mellon had $37.3 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $2.0 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Additional information is available on www.bnymellon.com. Follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon or visit our newsroom at www.bnymellon.com/newsroom for the latest company news.

Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Bond Index
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FTSE Non-US World Government Bond, FTSE Developed x US Index, Russell 3000 Index:
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Contact:
Paul Patella
BNY Mellon Asset Servicing
paul.patella@bnymellon.com
+1 212 635 1378

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