GUM MPF Express : Hong Kong Stocks Rebound, MPF Per Capita Earnings Reach $3,919 in Mid-February

Feb 20, 2024
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Table 1: Overall performance of MPF and average return in February (Half Month)

IndexValueReturns for February 2024 (Half-month)2024 YTD Return
GUM MPF Composite Index224.391.6%-0.5%
GUM MPF Equity Fund Index291.583.1%-0.7%
GUM MPF Mixed Asset Fund Index229.211.0%-0.4%
GUM MPF Fixed Income Fund Index125.37-0.1%-0.2%
Average MPF Gain/Loss Per Member Note 1 (HK$)+3,919-1,113

Table 2: Performance of MPF Sub-Category Funds Index with
Top 2 Assets Under Management (AUM) in Each Category (as of 15 February 2024)

CategorySub-category Fund IndexReturns for February 2024 (Half-month)2024 YTD Return
Equity FundUnited States Equity3.8%5.4%
Hong Kong Equity3.4%-6.5%
Mixed Asset FundMixed Asset- (>80-100% Equity)1.6%-0.6%
Mixed Asset Funds (60 – 80% Equity)1.2%-0.8%
Fixed Income FundMPF Conservative Funds0.2%0.6%
Guaranteed Funds0.0%-0.4%
DIS FundDIS Core Accumulation Funds1.1%1.5%
DIS Age 65 Plus Funds-0.4%-0.5%

As of 15th February:

  • The MPF had a slight rebound in mid-February, rising by 1.6%, and the average per capita return resulted in a gain of HKD 3,919. However, there was still an overall loss of HKD 1,113 for the year.
  • In mid-February, the equity and mixed asset fund indices saw positive returns of 3.1% and 1.0% respectively, while the fixed income fund declined by 0.1%.
  • The US stock fund rose by 3.8% as the US stock market continued its upward momentum from the previous month. The S&P 500 index surpassed the 5,000-point mark, reaching a new all-time high.
  • The Hong Kong stock fund rose by 3.4%. In February, the Hang Seng Index briefly tested the 15,510-point level before rebounding and surpassing the 16,000-point mark.
  • In January, the US Consumer Price Index (CPI) declined to 3.1% year-on-year, falling short of the expected 2.9%. Market expectations suggest that the Federal Reserve will maintain interest rates unchanged at its March meeting. The US 10-year Treasury yield rose above 4.2%, putting pressure on bond funds.

Note:

  1. Calculation based on total MPF assets HKD 1,121,691 million as of January 31 2024, and total MPF Scheme members 4,694,000 as of 31 March 2023. The latest average assets per member was HK$238,962 as of 31 January 2024. Return of GUM MPF Composite Index is as of 15 February 2024.

*The growth of all fund categories indices is calculated by asset-weighted point-to-point growth. The data for February 2024 return is summarized from 1 February to 15 February 2024.

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