Investment Options

The Plan’s six investment options offer a variety of asset classes, enabling you to create your own portfolio from a list of specially constructed funds. You may actively choose and monitor your investments or select the UBC FPP Balanced Fund, which offers you a well-diversified portfolio of stocks, bonds, and real estate.

Learn about each UBC FPP investment option:

Investment fund sheets updated quarterly

View the Investment Options Matrix for a summary of the Plan’s investment options.

The UBC FPP Balanced fund is the default investment option and was introduced to provide an option for members who do not wish to make their own asset allocation decisions and are seeking satisfactory long-term growth with moderate volatility through diversification across different asset classes. You should also consider whether this fund is appropriate for you based on your risk profile.

We recommend that you review your options carefully and encourage you to seek independent investment advice from an appropriately qualified individual.


Understanding Your Risk Profile

As you are responsible for making investment decisions and understanding how these decisions will affect your account balance and ultimately impact your retirement, it is important to review the concept of risk. Generally, the higher the potential return, the higher the expected risk. There is also no guarantee that you will achieve a higher return by accepting more risk. Higher risk only increases the potential for higher returns. Returns from different asset classes (e.g. bonds, equities) can vary quite significantly in different market environments.

The following chart illustrates the relationship between risk and return.

graph-risk-vs-return

You should review your investments periodically to ensure your portfolio is aligned with your tolerance to risk, as both can change over time.


Diversification

Diversification is one of the key strategies of successful investing. It is the financial equivalent of not putting all your eggs in one basket and is designed to reduce your exposure to investment risk by spreading your investments over a variety of asset classes.

Not all investment move up and down in value at the same time or at the same rate.

Therefore, diversification reduces the overall risk of your asset allocation because the positive performance of some investment offset the negative performance of others.


Resources & Tools


Investment Options Matrix (PDF)


Investment Risk Profiler & Asset Allocation Tool

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Investment Education


Retirement Income Estimator