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Sun Life Real Assets Private Pool

Fund commentary | Q1 2021

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Global equity markets continued their rally in the first quarter on the back of additional fiscal stimulus and accelerating vaccine rollouts. In this risk on environment, real assets posted positive returns as well, with the global renewable resources component of the Fund, in particular, driving strong absolute returns. 

In terms of relative positioning, the Fund maintains a tilt towards Natural Resources. In turn, the Fund is modestly underweight Infrastructure and global REITs.

The infrastructure component of the Fund favours assets with high revenue potential, profitability and lower volatility. The strategy remains biased towards Europe due to more favorable valuations. While positions in U.S. railroads contributed to relative performance during the quarter, positions in toll roads and satellite communications detracted.

The real estate component of the Fund favours higher quality real estate and generally looks to invest in property types experiencing real cash flow growth, with strong balance sheets and managed by skillful teams. Stock selection remains the primary driver of returns. The strategy continues to favour apartment buildings, manufactured homes, self-storage and industrial properties.

The resources component focuses on clean energy, water, and agriculture. Resource scarcity is a fundamental underpinning of the strategy, which invests in companies providing solutions to demand, supply and efficiency in the provision of food, energy, water, as well as mitigation and adapting to the impact of climate change. As the Fund does not hold fossil fuels, the significant underweight to energy, which posted strong returns from the rise in oil prices, was the largest detractor from relative performance. An overweight positioning in utilities also detracted as the sector underperformed during a strong risk on period. Stock selection provided a modest positive offset.

Fund performance

Compound returns %1 Since inception2 5 Year 3 Year 1 Year Q1
Sun Life Real Assets Private Pool - Series A

4.7

7.5

7.5

30.3

3.8

Sun Life Real Assets Private Pool - Series F

5.8

8.7

8.7

31.8

4.1

Benchmark3

4.5

6.1

5.4

27.4

5.1

¹Returns for periods longer than one year are annualized. Data as of March 31, 2021.

²Partial calendar year. Returns are for the period from the fund’s inception date of February 2, 2015 to December 31, 2015.

³Blended 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$).

On May 31, 2019, Sun Life Real Assets Fund, previously Sun Life Infrastructure Fund, changed its name and underwent a change in investment objective. On February 26, 2020 Sun Life Real Assets Fund was renamed Sun Life Real Assets Private Pool.

 

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