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Quebec Pension Fund Suffers With Too Many Malls, Not Enough Tech

  • Low exposure to Nasdaq rally hurt returns at $249 billion fund
  • ‘We have to make sure that our portfolio takes a digital turn’
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Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec posted a 2.3% loss in the first half of 2020 after largely missing the rally in large technology stocks and suffering from its heavy exposure to shopping malls.

Canada’s second-largest pension manager underperformed its benchmark, which was up 0.8% in the half, the firm said in a statement Friday. The fund returned 6.1% in the same period a year earlier. Net assets were C$333 billion ($249 billion) as of June 30, compared to C$340 billion at the end of the year.