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Language, communication shaping DC plan members’ retirement decisions: survey

Language and communication can impact the retirement decisions of defined contribution plan members, according to a new survey by Invesco Ltd. The survey found 60…

Head to head: Should plan sponsors buy annuities via insurers or go DIY?

Two experts weigh in on the merits and drawbacks of taking the traditional annuities route versus opting for the newer do-it-yourself option. Marco Dickner, retirement…

2021 Top 40 Money Managers Report: Building back strong

Investors breathed a sigh of relief as they turned over their calendars at the end of 2020. Few were sorry to see the back of…

Provident10 paints new path on ‘blank canvas’ following pension reform

A defined benefit pension plan leader rarely gets to work with a “blank canvas,” but Chuck Bruce has taken that unique opportunity and drawn a…

NL’s College of Physicians and Surgeons latest employer to join DBplus pension

Newfoundland and Labrador addressing $8.18BN unfunded pension, employee benefits liabilities

At the end of March 2020, Newfoundland and Labrador had $4.89 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, including unfunded liability and promissory notes, according to a…

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Manulife Financial linking executive team goals to climate action

Manulife Financial Corp. is linking its executive team goals to the company’s climate action plan, including committing to a net-zero focus by reducing emissions operationally, adopting sustainable…

  • By: Staff
  • May 11, 2021 May 11, 2021
  • 15:00

Looking under the hood of jumbo transactions

The recent announcement that General Motors of Canada Co. purchased $1.8 billion of annuities for its salaried pension plan is creating a lot of excitement.…

Opportunities for DB plans to de-risk at an attractive price in 2021: report

The average defined benefit pension plan saw its funded position continue to improve in April on a solvency and accounting basis, according to a new…

CPPIB investing in Indian roads, French real estate credit

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is boosting its interest in Indian infrastructure conglomerate IndInfravit Trust, after agreeing to pay $173 million for an additional 15.9…

Caisse, UPP employees receiving recognition for net-zero contributions

Employees at two Canadian pension plans are being recognized for their responsible investment achievements. The British High Commission and the Canada Climate Law Initiative named…

  • By: Staff
  • May 7, 2021 May 7, 2021
  • 15:00

CPPIB appointing Andrew Edgell senior managing director, global head of credit investment

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is appointing Andrew Edgell as senior managing director and global head of credit investments, effective immediately. “Andrew’s deep technical…

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  • May 7, 2021 May 7, 2021
  • 09:00
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Federal budget promising relief for DC pension plan under, over contributions

Tucked away in the federal budget are proposals that will lighten the load for defined contribution pension plan administrators confronted with historical under and over…

Understanding liquid private equity investment strategies

It’s likely that investors seeking the potential higher returns and the lower downside risks of private equity in their diversified portfolios already know that, historically,…

UTAM posts 11.7% pension return for 2020

The University of Toronto Asset Management Corp. ended 2020 with pension and endowment returns of 11.7 per cent and 11.6 per cent, respectively. In a…

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  • May 5, 2021 May 4, 2021
  • 09:00

72% of Canadian pension funds considering consolidation options: survey

The majority (72 per cent) of Canadian pension funds said they’re currently focused on consolidation options that offer greater certainty they’ll be able to meet…

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  • May 3, 2021 May 6, 2021
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Market rally boosts DB pension plans’ funding levels: report

A first-quarter rally in both the equity markets and bond yields have propelled defined benefit pensions to their best funded positions in more than a…

Canada Life absorbing TD Bank Future Builders’ RSP program plan members

The Canada Life Assurance Co. is absorbing the Toronto-Dominion Bank’s TD Future Builders retirement savings plan program members as of March 19. “We believe Canada…

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  • January 6, 2021 April 14, 2021
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A look at the investment variables of variable benefits

Since retirees and active plan members are fundamentally different, should their investment options reflect that distinction? That’s the question confronting defined contribution plan sponsors as…

Plan Sponsor Week: How DC pension investments handled the pandemic crash

Defined contribution plan members are contending with volatile equity markets, ultra-low interest rates and the threat of inflation as the country’s economy begins its tentative…

Pension plans navigating bumpy road to recovery

Promising vaccine and coronavirus treatment news, coupled with the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden, has given markets a glimmer of certainty and optimism this…

CPPIB appoints first chief investment officer

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is appointing Edwin Cass as its first-ever chief investment officer. In the new role, he’ll be responsible for total…

  • December 10, 2020 January 22, 2021
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IPOs head for banner year on stock market’s strength

Companies that cater to the “new normal” of working and shopping from home are rushing to go public. 2020 could turn out to be the…

Imperial Oil shareholders defeat Bâtirente’s net-zero emissions motion

The majority (86 per cent) of Imperial Oil Ltd. investors voted to defeat a shareholder resolution that the organization adopt a target to achieve net-zero…

Caisse investing in data centres, IMCO in life science real estate

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is among the investors committing more than $600 million to eStruxture Data Centers Inc., a data centre…

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  • May 3, 2021 May 3, 2021
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Attracted by liquidity, institutional investors broadening use of ETFs

Last spring, when fixed-income markets in Canada were especially hard-hit, exchange-traded funds proved their ability to continue to deliver liquidity, according to speakers at a…

BCI developing climate-change, decision-making tools for institutional investors

The British Columbia Investment Management Corp. is partnering with the University of Victoria-led Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions to co-develop decision-making tools and frameworks for…

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  • April 28, 2021 April 28, 2021
  • 09:00

Institutional investors looking to Asia as economies start to bounce back from pandemic

Rising incomes and technological change in the emerging economies present considerable investment opportunities for investors with longer-term horizons. Investments in emerging markets weren’t spared the…

ESG factors at the heart of the BCI’s investing strategy

Jennifer Coulson has been engaged in responsible investing and environmental, social and governance factors for two decades and remembers a time when it was difficult…

There’s more pandemic-era punches to come for institutional investors

Mike Tyson’s one liner “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth” comes to mind when I think of the predicament central…

Calls for Canadian companies to adopt transparent, consistent climate-risk reporting

Institutional investors, regulators and financial standard organizations are calling on Canadian corporations to adopt transparent climate-risk reporting, according to a new report from the C.D.…

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  • February 5, 2021 March 26, 2021
  • 09:54

At Davos, Canadian investment leaders set timelines for climate friendly economy

Two Canadian investment leaders endorsed a transition to clean energy at a virtual Davos World Economic Forum on Wednesday as more investors worldwide push for…

BlackRock launching low-carbon ETFs

BlackRock Inc. is launching two active sustainable exchange traded funds, highlighting the increased focus on climate-aware strategies from global institutional investors. The two funds have…

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  • April 15, 2021 April 15, 2021
  • 09:00

Alberta Teachers’ withdrawing from responsible investing secretariat

The Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund Board is withdrawing its membership from the Principles of Responsible Investing Secretariat as it transfers responsibility for asset management to…

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  • April 6, 2021 April 25, 2021
  • 12:45

Caisse investing in vision-care company; Ontario Teachers’, AIMCo selling governance solutions firm

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is part of an investment group acquiring New Look Vision Group Inc., a provider of eye-care products…

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  • March 23, 2021 April 13, 2021
  • 09:00

CPPIB expanding Korean joint venture; Ontario Teachers’ selling payment processing company

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board has doubled down on its Korea Income Joint Venture with asset manager ESR Cayman Limited, as the pair collectively…

Adoption of ESG strategies rising steadily among institutional investors: survey

The percentage of global institutional investors implementing environmental, social and governance strategies continues to rise, reaching 72 per cent in 2020 according to a recent…

Caisse investing in cloud data platform, PSP in biotech company

The Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec will join the board of cloud data company Druva Inc. as part of an agreement to invest…