The pandemic’s serious and far-reaching health concerns created, among its many impacts, economic and financial instability across industries and geographies. In short, the year was a difficult one for OMERS as an investor and, as a result, our net investment return was a loss of 2.7%, which fell short of our absolute return benchmark for the year of 6.9%.
The OMERS advantage
OMERS funded status on a smoothed basis was 97% in 2020, unchanged from the prior year.
Investment return history
While we measure our investment performance annually, we emphasize long-term performance, as pensions are paid over decades. Consistent long-term performance is important.