The median net return across all institutional plans in the InvestorForce Plan Universe was -7.2% for the fourth quarter according to the firm's latest data release.
Plans with assets of more than $5 billion fared relatively better with a median 6.55% quarterly return. The median equity return was -13.6%, and the median U.S. equity return, -14.6%.
The median net return for defined benefit plans was -7.35%. Corporate pension plans returned a median -6.4%, while the median public plan return was -8%. Endowments and foundations also returned a median -8.1%.
The total plan universe covers more than 2,800 institutional funds with an aggregate $1.1 trillion in assets.