Strong Equity Performance Propels Q3 Returns for BNY Mellon U.S. Master Trust Universe

Strong Equity Performance Propels Q3 Returns for BNY Mellon U.S. Master Trust

Median plan rebounds from Q2 losses; Up 16% over last 12 months

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Nov. 13, 2012

NEW YORK, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The median return of the BNY Mellon
U.S. Master Trust Universe was 4.66% for the third quarter of 2012, driving up
performance for the typical fund to 10.45% on a year-to-date basis. Given the
strong quarter, the median plan climbed 15.97% over the twelve months ending
September 30, 2012.

With a market value of more than $2.2 trillion and an average plan size of
$3.3 billion, the BNY Mellon U.S. Master Trust Universe is a fund-level
tracking service that can be used to make peer comparisons of both performance
and asset allocation results. The Universe consists of more than 680
corporate, foundation, endowment, public, Taft-Hartley and health care plans.

"The third quarter rewarded investors who assumed additional risk," said John
Houser, vice president and manager of performance & risk analytics for BNY
Mellon. "Markets responded to moves by both the Fed's QE3 promise and
European Central Bank's commitment to preserve the euro. Bond markets posted
respectable returns in the quarter as global concerns continued to push demand
for lower risk bonds.

"All asset classes were positive in Q3 but equities drove returns, with
international equity setting the high water mark at 7.32% and U.S. equities up
6.19% for the period. Over the full year, U.S. equities have significantly
outperformed bonds with a 29.24% median return," Houser added.


  o99% of plans in the BNY Mellon Master Trust universe returned positive
    results during the quarter. Over the prior 12-month period, 99% (649 out
    of 650) of plans were in the black.
  o55% of plans matched or outperformed the custom policy return for Q3. For
    the full year, 23% of plans outperformed the custom policy.
  oCorporate plans recorded the highest median return (+4.94%) for the
    quarter, followed closely by Public Plans (+4.80). The difference between
    the best performing and lowest performing plan type (Endowments) was only
    0.77 percentage points.
  oNon-U.S. equities posted a quarterly median return of 7.32%, behind the
    Russell Developed ex US Large Cap Index result of 7.76%. U.S. equities
    posted a median return of 6.19%, versus the Russell 300o Index return of
    6.23%. Non-U.S. fixed income posted a median return of 4.64%, compared to
    the Citigroup Non-U.S. World Government Bond Index return of 3.98%. U.S.
    fixed income had a median return of 2.65%, versus the Barclays Capital
    U.S. Aggregate Bond Index return of 1.59%. Real estate posted a median
    return of 2.40%, versus the NCREIF Property Index result of 2.34%.

The average asset allocation in the BNY Mellon U.S. Master Trust Universe for
the second quarter was: U.S. equity 28%, U.S. fixed income 28%, non-U.S.
equity 15%, non-U.S. fixed income 2%, real estate 2%, cash 1%, and
alternatives/other 24%.

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BNY Mellon U.S. Master Trust Universe Median Plan Returns*
Period Ending September 30, 2012
Universe Number of  3Q One- Five- Ten-Years
                                                    Participants 2012           Year   Years
Master Trust Total Fund                             684          4.66           15.97  2.32  8.05
 Corporate Plans                                 235          4.94           17.45  2.88  8.55
 Foundations                                     81           4.43           14.48  1.71  8.08
 Endowments                                      82           4.17           13.26  1.99  8.34
 Public Plans                                    107          4.80           16.66  2.44  7.78
 Taft-Hartley Plans                              73           4.48           15.95  2.25  6.72
 Health Care Plans                               13           4.42           13.87  N/A   N/A
Universe Custom Composite Benchmark                              4.51           18.46  3.33  7.66
*All returns are posted gross of fee results.

BNY Mellon U.S. Master Trust Universe Median Allocations by Asset Class
Period Ending September 30, 2012
                                         One      Three     Five

                          Q3       Q2      Year    Years    Years
Asset Class
                          2012     2012    Ago     Ago      Ago
U.S. equity               28%      29%     29%      34%       36%
U.S. fixed income         28%      27%     29%      27%       23%
Non-U.S. equity           15%      16%     15%      17%       20%
Non-U.S. fixed income     2%       2%      2%       1%        1%
Real estate               2%       2%      2%       8%        2%
Cash                      1%       1%      2%       1%        1%
Alternatives/Other        24%      23%     21%      12%       17%

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Investment Group ("Russell") is the source and owner of the Russell Index data
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related thereto. The Russell Index data may contain confidential information
and unauthorized use, disclosure, copying, dissemination or redistribution is
strictly prohibited. Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Bond Index: © Barclays
Bank PLC 2012. This data is provided by Barclays Bank PLC all rights are

Citigroup Non-US World Government Bond Index: © Citigroup Global Markets Inc.,
2012. All rights reserved.


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