Investment funds reported a profit of EUR 8.7 billion for 2009

Investment fund profits by fund type, 2009Investment funds registered in Finland reported total profits of EUR 8.7 billion for the financial year 2009. This was mainly composed of net income from securities, in the amount of EUR 7.8 billion. The high level of net income from securities was due largely to the strong global stock market rally that began in March 2009. In 2008, investment funds posted a loss of EUR 12.7 billion, which was correspondingly due to a sharp decline in share prices.

Every fund category reported profits for the financial year under review1. Equity funds’ share of the aggregate profit of investment funds was by far the largest, totalling EUR 5.6 billion. Equity funds also led the fund categories in terms of fund assets at the end of 2009. The profits of bond funds amounted to EUR 2.0 billion; for mixed funds the total was EUR 0.6 billion. Investment funds earned aggregate interest income of EUR 809 million, which is 43% less than in 2008. Bond funds and money market funds accounted respectively for EUR 488 million and EUR 237 million of the interest income. Domestic investment funds received EUR 397 million worth of dividend income from shares and income from fund shares. Most of this income went to equity funds, whose portfolios are almost entirely made up of shares and fund shares.

Expenses recorded by investment funds amounted to EUR 555 million in 2009. Of this, EUR 417 million comprised fees paid to fund management companies and custodians. Fees paid in 2008 were slightly higher, at EUR 481 million.

In the course of 2009, the total assets of investment funds grew by 31% to EUR 54.5 billion. The nearly EUR 13 billion growth in total assets was due, in addition to value appreciation, to inflows into domestic investment funds during the year. Purchases and redemptions of investment fund shares resulted in a positive net contribution of EUR 4.2 billion. Net purchases were negative in 2009 only for hedge funds and money market funds.
Net profit of investment funds, 2000–2009
At the end of 2009, there were 488 operating investment funds registered in Finland, administered by 32 fund management companies. Equity funds accounted for 36% of the total assets of domestic investment funds at the end of 2009. Bond funds, money market funds and mixed funds represented respectively 32%, 21% and 7% of the total. Hedge funds and real estate funds together accounted for 3% of the total assets.


The Bank of Finland annually publishes a statistical release ‘Financial statements of investment funds’. The data are collected directly from investment funds registered in Finland. The publication also relies on data derived from monthly balance sheet reporting by investment funds to the Bank of Finland. The statistics based on financial statements of investment funds are used mainly for compiling financial, balance of payments and other economic statistics at the Bank of Finland and Statistics Finland. The Bank of Finland statistics replace Statistics Finland’s earlier statistical review ‘Financial statements of mutual funds and investment management companies’.

1 According to the Guideline of the European Central Bank (ECB/2007/9), investment funds are statistically classified into six different types: equity funds, bond funds, mixed funds, hedge funds, real estate funds and money market funds. This differs from Statistics Finland’s previous classification scheme.
 
Source: Financial statements of investment funds, Bank of Finland.
    Hermanni Teräväinen, tel. +358  10 831 2172, email: hermanni.teravainen(at)bof.fi
 

Income statement items for investment funds registered in Finland, by fund type, 2009,

EUR m

Equity funds
Bond funds Mixed funds Real estate funds Hedge funds Investment funds total Money market funds Total 
RETURNS AND REVALUATIONS 5 889 2 128 633 36 162 8 848 417 9 264
Net income from securities 5 365 1 593 547 31 92 7 628 176 7 804
Capital gains 1 125 542 122 3 1 016 2 809 82 2 891
Capital losses -2 798 -662 -237 -29 -1 062 -4 787 -396 -5 183
Unrealised value changes 7 037 1 713 662 57 137 9 606 489 10 096
Net income from derivative contracts 55 16 10 -1 16 96 0 95
Capital gains 169 621 139 2 342 1 273 4 1 278
Capital losses -81 -564 -117 -1 -333 -1 096 -5 -1 100
Unrealised value changes -33 -40 -13 -2 6 -82 0 -82
Dividend income and income from fund shares 351 3 34 5 5 397 0 397
Interest income 9 488 34 0 41 572 237 809
Other income 110 28 8 1 8 155 5 159
EXPENSES -327 -100 -40 -2 -43 -512 -43 -555
Fees1 -227 -92 -36 -1 -22 -377 -39 -417
Other expenses2 -101 -9 -4 0 -21 -135 -3 -138
NET PROFIT / LOSS FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 5 561 2 028 593 34 119 8 335 374 8 709
 


Balance sheet items for investment funds registered in Finland, by fund type, 2009, EUR m

 Equity funds
Bond funds Mixed funds Real estate funds Hedge funds
Investment funds total
Money market funds Total
TOTAL ASSETS 19 927 17 339 4 043 136 1 996 43 440 11 771 55 211
Securities at market value 19 131 16 584 3 763 130 1 463 41 071 11 387 52 458
Receivables3 796 755 280 6 532 2 369 384 2 753
TOTAL LIABILITIES 19 927 17 339 4 043 136 1 996 43 440 11 771 55 211
Fund value 31 Dec 19 687 17 281 4 020 135 1 692 42 815 11 725 54 540
Net profit / loss for the financial year 5 561 2 028 593 34 119 8 335 374 8 709
Profit distribution -21 -70 -4 -1 0 -96 -10 -106
Redemptions of IF shares -5 328 -9 875 -510 -31 -869 -16 613 -14 490 -31 103
Subscriptions of IF shares 8 733 11 129 1 018 37 844 21 761 13 571 35 332
Fund value 1 Jan 10 740 14 069 2 923 96 1 599 29 427 12 280 41 707
Current liabilities4 248 58 23 1 303 634 46 680
1 includes fees paid to fund management companies and custodians
2 includes interest expenses and other expenses
3 includes accounts receivable, other receivables, accrued income, as well as cash and bank deposits
4 includes accounts payable, accrued expenses, other liabilities
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