Case Study 2—DC Member Investment Choice Fund
Mr. Beech is chairman of Capital Motors Pension Plan (CMPP). CMPP is a defined contribution (DC) plan, established with the principal objective of providing members with benefits on retirement from Capital Motors. The plan caters to all current employees and retirees of Capital Motors, and membership is compulsory. There are five trustees of the plan, and the trustees decide the suitable investment strategy options from which the members can choose for their retirement accounts.
Some key characteristics of the plan are shown in Table 18.1.
|Asset Class||Balanced Option||Growth Option|
|Domestic real estate||5%||5%|
|Domestic fixed income||45%||30%|
|Global fixed income||10%||5%|
|Expected return (% p.a.)||6.1%||7.0%|
|Volatility (% p.a.)||7.1%||10.8%|
The total allocation to growth assets of the growth option, is 60 percent, with a strong bias to domestic asset classes. The global real estate portfolio is largely publicly listed real estate investment trusts.
As shown in Table 18.2, the demographic profile of the plan's membership shows that more than half of the members are younger than 40 years old. About 10 percent of the members are retirees.