Sun Life Real Assets Private Pool

Fund commentary | Q3 2023

Global equity markets fell in the third quarter (Q3) of 2023, on concerns that higher interest rates will persist for a while. In this environment, Sun Life Real Assets Private Pool (the “Fund”) produced negative returns as well.

In terms of relative positioning, the Fund maintains a tilt towards natural resources. The Fund is modestly underweight global infrastructure and global real estate investment trusts (REITs).

The infrastructure component of the Fund favours assets with high revenue certainty, profitability and lower volatility. The infrastructure strategy remains biased towards Europe where stock valuations are favourable. The Fund also does not invest in energy. Stock selection within the U.S. railroads sector and within European utilities detracted performance due to concerns about elevated interest rates.

The real estate component of the Fund favours higher quality real estate and generally invests in properties with real cash flow growth, strong balance sheets and skillful management. Stock selection was the primary driver of returns. The real estate strategy continues to favour apartments, manufactured homes, self-storage and industrial properties.

The resources component of the Fund focuses on clean energy, water, and agriculture. Resource scarcity is a fundamental theme of this strategy. The Fund invests in companies that aim to provide efficient food, energy and water delivery and climate change solutions. Overweight positions in industrials and utilities as well the underweight in traditional energy, (the Fund does not hold oil and gas related companies) detracted from performance.

Compound returns %1 Since inception 5 Year 3 Year 1 Year Q3
Sun Life Real Assets Private Pool - Series A


4.54 4.61 5.87 -6.22
Sun Life Real Assets Private Pool - Series F


5.75 5.83 7.12 -5.95
Benchmark2 4.61 4.14 9.07 6.70 -1.45

¹Returns for periods longer than one year are annualized. Data as of September 30, 2023. 

Fund inception date: February 2, 2015.

2Blended benchmark comprised of: 35% FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Real Estate Index (C$),35% S&P Global Infrastructure Index (C$), 30% S&P Global Natural Resource Index (C$).

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While Series A and Series F securities have the same reference portfolio, any difference in performance between these series is due primarily to differences in management fees and operating fees. The management fee for Series A securities also includes the trailing commission, while Series F securities does not. Series A securities of the fund are available for purchase to all investors, while Series F securities are only available to investors in an eligible fee-based or wrap program with their registered dealer. Investors in Series F securities may pay a separate fee-based account fee that is negotiated with and payable to their registered dealer.