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Thomson Reuters Lipper provide fund research data, analytics and reporting tools for institutional and retail financial professionals.

In 2008, the Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS) and the Life Insurance Association, Singapore (LIA) have entered into an agreement with Lipper, Thomson Reuters specialist fund subsidiary, to be the provider of fund performance data for the nation’s Central Provident Fund Investment Scheme (CPFIS).

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IMAS CIO Roundtable 13th Dec 2016

As of December 30, 2016, there are 92 unit trusts and 173 investment-linked insurance products (ILPs) included under the CPFIS, for a total of 265 funds.

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Central Provident Fund (CPF) is the official national Retirement Fund / Pension Fund of Singapore.  The CPF Investment Scheme (CPFIS) gives the CPF account holder the option to invest their Ordinary Account (OA) and Special Account (SA) savings through approved programs under the CPFIS.


Similar Retirement Programs Around the World: 
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United States 401(k) / Employer-sponsored IRAs
Australia Superannuation / Retirement Savings Account
India Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO)
Hong Kong Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF)
Malaysia Employees Provident Fund (EPF)


Lipper Leader Rating Methodology

The Lipper Leader rating system uses investor-centered criteria, which delivers clear, straightforward descriptions of a fund’s success in meeting certain goals such as:

  • Preserving capital
  • Building wealth through consistent, strong returns.

The investor-centered criteria measures the fund performance and suitability.


Four Metrics of Lipper Rating System

The Lipper Leader rating system consists of four metrics that provide clear, straightforward descriptions of a fund’s success in meeting certain goals for constructing individualized portfolios.

  • Total Return
  • Consistent Return
  • Preservation
  • Expense

The four metrics determine if the investors are investing in funds that fit their investment goals.


Ratings are assigned for each metric:
Rating Ranking
5 & named Lipper Leaders Top 20% of Funds
4 Upper 20%
3 Middle 20%
2 Lower 20%
2 Lowest 20%


Lipper Leaders provide context and perspective for making informed investment decisions but do not predict future performance.

Funds are ranked against their Lipper peer group classifications each month for

  • three-year periods
  • five-year periods
  • ten-year periods
  • overall period.

These ratings are based on an equal-weighted average of percentile ranks of the four Lipper Leader metrics.

Thomson Reuters Lipper is a product of Thomson Reuters.


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