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CPP's assets rose to $392B at end of fiscal year

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board recovered from a weak quarter in late 2018 to produce a solid 8.9 per cent net return for its most recent financial year.

Returns are well ahead of what Canada's chief actuary says is needed to sustain plan until at least 2090

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board President and CEO Mark Machin waits to appear at the Standing Committee on Finance on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, on November 1, 2016. In a statement about the CPP's most recent fiscal year-end, Machin said the fund delivered 'strong absolute and relative returns' that speak to the long-term sustainability of the CPP. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board recovered from a weak quarter in late 2018 to produce a solid 8.9 per cent net return for its most recent financial year.

The Toronto-based investment manager for the Canada Pension Plan said its CPP Fund had $392.0 billion of net assets as of March 31, up $35.9 billion from the end of the 2018 financial year after all costs.

The fiscal fourth quarter also showed a recovery from a weak return of 1.1 per cent in the third quarter that was affected by a general downturn in stock markets in December.

CPPIB's five-year real rate of return, which adjusts for inflation, was 8.9 per cent as of March 31 while the 10-year real rate of return was 9.2 per cent.

Those returns are well ahead of what the Chief Actuary of Canada has determined to be necessary to sustain the Canada Pension Plan to at least 2090.

"CPPIB continues to deliver strong absolute and relative returns, and our robust 10-year performance demonstrates our long-term contribution to the sustainability of the CPP," said Mark Machin, CPPIB president and CEO in a written statement about the results.

"We have gradually built a diversified, global investment platform and focused on executing our multi-year strategy — these are key drivers of our financial performance and our future success."

With files from CBC News.