GUM MPF Express: Hong Kong Stocks Slump, Bond Yields Rise, Average MPF Losses $3,184 in Half a Month

Jan 18, 2024
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Table 1: Overall performance of MPF and average return in January (Half Month)

IndexValueReturns for January 2024 (Half-month)
GUM MPF Composite Index222.48-1.3%
GUMMPF Equity Fund Index287.31-2.2%
GUM MPF Mixed Asset Fund Index227.68-1.0%
GUM MPF Fixed Income Fund Index125.47-0.1%
Average MPF Gain/Loss Per Member Note 1 (HK$)-3,184

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

CategorySub-category Fund IndexReturns for January 2024 (Half-month)
Equity Funds Hong Kong Equity Funds-4.7%
United States Equity Funds+0.3%
Mixed Asset FundsMixed Asset Funds (80 – 100% Equity)-1.6%
Mixed Asset Funds (60 – 80% Equity)-1.3%
Fixed Income FundsMPF Conservative Funds+0.2%
Guaranteed Funds-0.2%
DIS FundsDIS Core Accumulation Funds-0.2%
DIS Age 65 Plus Funds-0.4%

As of 15 January:

  • In 2024, the performance of the MPF was weak, with a decline of 1.3%, resulting in an average loss of HK$3,184 per member.
  • Equity, Mixed Asset, and Fixed Income fund indices all recorded negative returns in mid-January, with equity funds experiencing the largest decline of 2.2%, while Mixed Asset and Fixed Income funds declined by 1.0% and 0.1% respectively.
  • Hong Kong Equity funds fell by 4.7%. Although the Hang Seng Index successfully held above the 17,000 point level in 2023, it experienced a significant drop in January, testing the important support level of 15,000 points.
  • US Equity funds rose by 0.3%. The United States is scheduled to hold a presidential election at the end of the year, and the US Supreme Court will hear an appeal next month regarding the ban on former President Trump from participating in the Colorado presidential primary.
  • The US CPI index increased by 0.3% (YoY) to 3.4% in December, and the yield on 10-year US Treasury bonds crossed the 4% mark, putting pressure on bond funds, resulting in a slight decline.


  1. Calculation based on total MPF assets of previous month end and total MPF Scheme members 4,694,000 as of 31 March 2023. The latest average assets per member was HK$243,076 as of 31 December 2023. Return of GUM MPF Composite Index is as of 15 January 2024.

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


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