The purpose of this study is to ascertain whether pension fund returns are in line with benchmark returns taking into account the regulatory structure in Turkey. The methodology of the study is the cumulative portfolio returns. Data is retrieved from TEFAS Platform and official web site of Capital Market Board of Turkey. Portfolio and benchmark of pension funds are compared. Only standard pension funds are covered within the scope of voluntary pension funds of Turkey. Findings are as follows; Portfolio returns and benchmark returns are in line significantly. The results are partly attributable to the regulations about pension fund management and portfolio structure. The paper also shows that in the long term, the volatility of returns decreases and returns prove to conform with the primary purpose of the private pension system.
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