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Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article on how remote and hybrid working arrangements are leading to a ‘Great Exhaustion’ was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com. Here are the top five…

Editorial: Turning challenge into opportunity

As I write this column, I’m reflecting on the spectrum of weather I’ve witnessed this past winter. From my office window in southwestern Ontario, I…

Head to Head: Is it time to change the terminology around ESG?

An academic says environmental, social and governance terminology should evolve alongside understanding of the concept, while a consultant favours a focus on substance over form.…

How will growing anti-ESG sentiment in the U.S. impact Canadian institutional investors?

A growing wave of opposition to environmental, social and governance factors has turned life in the sustainable finance industry into something of a roller coaster…

How the CAAT is supporting its ESG aspirations through responsible investments, team-building

As an institutional investor, Asif Haque knows the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Pension Plan has a responsibility to meet the rising challenge of…

Back to basics on investment glide paths

Simply put, a glide path is a calculation designed to support an employee’s desired retirement timeline through investments in a target-date fund. When an employee…

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Vestcor returns 7.5% for 2023, amid rising inflation, high interest rates

Vestcor Corp. is reporting a 7.5 per cent return for 2023, despite the challenges of rising inflation and high interest rates. The New Brunswick-based investment…

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  • April 11, 2024 April 10, 2024
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IMCO returns 5.6% for 2023, driven by public equities

The Investment Management Corp. of Ontario is reporting a net return of 5.6 per cent for 2023, with net assets increasing to $77.4 billion. The…

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New York City pension funds reach deal with RBC over clean energy funding disclosure

The New York City Employees’ Retirement System, Teachers’ Retirement System and Board of Education Retirement System signed an agreement with the Royal Bank of Canada…

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  • April 10, 2024 April 10, 2024
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Canadian pension funds seeking diversification in real estate at home, abroad: experts

Significant headwinds in the commercial real estate sector have impacted the number of transactions seen in 2023, leading institutional investors to pursue diversification at home…

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CPPIB establishes student housing real estate investment platform, sells holdings in sports management firm

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is investing up to $40 million in the creation of a real estate investment platform dedicated to purpose-built student…

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  • April 5, 2024 April 4, 2024
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Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article on considerations for plan sponsors ahead of the rollout of a new generation of obesity drugs was the most-read article on BenefitsCanada.com. Here…

  • By: Staff
  • April 5, 2024 April 4, 2024
  • 09:00

Median solvency ratio of Canadian DB pension plans up 2% in Q1 2024: reports

The median solvency ratio of Canadian defined benefit pension plans increased two per cent in the first quarter of 2024, according to a report by…

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  • April 4, 2024 April 4, 2024
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Where do Canadian institutional investors stand on calls for increased domestic investments?

A renewed call for increased domestic investments by Canadian pension plans isn’t surprising amid an ongoing discussion around the role of investment organizations in supporting the…

Funded ratio of 100 largest U.S. DB pension plans increased 1.7% in February: report

The funded ratio of the 100 largest U.S. public defined benefit pension plans rose to 78.6 per cent as of Feb. 29, up from 77.7…

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  • April 3, 2024 April 3, 2024
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Average Canadian DB pension plan’s funded solvency position up 2.8% in February: report

The funded position of a typical defined benefit pension plan rose both on a solvency basis (2.8 per cent) and an accounting basis (2.3 per…

  • By: Staff
  • March 28, 2024 March 28, 2024
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Global pension assets up 11% in 2023: report

Global pension assets increased by 11 per cent to reach US$55.7 trillion in 2023, up from $50.2 trillion at the end of 2022, according to…

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  • March 14, 2024 March 13, 2024
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Halifax Port ILA/HEA assessing past, future of DB pension plans

While Blair Richards understands why the industry is moving away from defined benefit pension plans, he worries about what may be lost in the process.…

45% of U.S. DC plan sponsors considering adding emergency savings options in 2024: survey

More than two-fifths (45 per cent) of U.S. defined contribution pension plan sponsors say they’re considering implementing emergency savings features, according to a survey from…

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  • January 23, 2024 January 23, 2024
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New York State Common Retirement Fund curbing oil and gas investments

The New York State Common Retirement Fund is restricting its exposure in eight integrated oil and gas companies, including divesting a portion of its investment…

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  • March 26, 2024 March 26, 2024
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CalPERS doubling down on allocations to private market assets

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System is increasing its investments in private market assets to maximize returns from its highest-performing asset classes. The pension fund…

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  • March 22, 2024 March 20, 2024
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Ontario Teachers’ returns 1.9% for 2023

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is reporting a net return of 1.9 per cent for 2023, according to its latest annual report. The investment organization…

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  • March 21, 2024 March 21, 2024
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Caisse appointing Rana Ghorayeb EVP, head of real estate

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is appointing Rana Ghorayeb as executive vice-president and head of real estate, effective April 29, 2024. She’ll…

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  • April 2, 2024 April 2, 2024
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Ontario Teachers’ gains minority stake in new alternative lender, UPP backs U.K. locomotive operator

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is gaining a minority stake in a new financial entity resulting from a merger between Fairstone Bank of Canada and…

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  • April 1, 2024 March 28, 2024
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Expert Panel: CPPIB taking steps to face shifting investment landscape in China

The decision by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board this month to reduce 10 per cent of its China equity team based in Hong Kong…

New ISSB guidelines aligning institutional investors globally on sustainability, climate-related disclosures

With the introduction of new sustainability and climate disclosure guidelines — IFRS S1 and IFRS S2 — from the International Sustainability Standard Board in January, institutional…

91% of Canadian institutional investors say climate change is top ESG concern: survey

A majority (91 per cent) of Canadian institutional investors say climate change is a leading concern within the environmental, social and governance space, according to…

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  • February 13, 2024 February 13, 2024
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How active management strategies are helping institutional investors amid volatile global marketplace

As global markets navigate turbulent economic waters, active management is proving once again to be a lifeline for institutional investors to ensure their portfolios ride…

Value of Canadian equities marketplace drops 10% in 2023: report

The total value traded in Canada’s equities marketplace reached $4.2 trillion as at Dec. 31, 2023, a 10 per cent decline from the previous 12-month…

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  • March 19, 2024 March 18, 2024
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HOOPP returns 9.38% for 2023, driven by equities, fixed income

The Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan is reporting an annual return of 9.38 per cent for 2023, partly due to the performance of equities and…

Ontario DB pension plans’ average solvency ratio increased to 119% in Q4 2023: FSRA

The average projected solvency ratio for Ontario defined benefit pension plans was 119 per cent as of Dec. 31, 2023, up two per cent from…

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  • March 6, 2024 March 5, 2024
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Financial market regulators establish committee to implement total cost reporting plan

The Joint Forum of Financial Market Regulators is establishing a committee to help implement its total cost reporting plan. The plan aims to increase investor…

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  • December 15, 2023 December 15, 2023
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Men more likely than women to report reduced stress due to financial wellness programs: survey

More than a quarter (28 per cent) of male employees in the U.S. report a reduction in their stress levels due to their employer’s financial…

  • By: Staff
  • September 25, 2023 September 22, 2023
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Alberta deserves more than half CPP assets if it exits program: report

A report commissioned by the Alberta government estimates the province would be entitled to more than half the assets of the Canada Pension Plan if it…

Hydro-Quebec’s $185 billion expansion plan getting institutional investor attention: report

A new $185 billion plan by Hydro-Quebec to build out increased power capacity is gaining attention from institutional investors, according to a report by Bloomberg.…

  • By: Staff
  • March 27, 2024 March 26, 2024
  • 15:00

Tim Deacon leaving Ontario Teachers’ for Sun Life Financial

Tim Deacon is leaving his role as chief financial officer at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan for a leadership role at another financial institution, effective…

  • By: Staff
  • March 26, 2024 March 27, 2024
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CPPIB and Ontario Teachers’ reinvesting in India infrastructure fund

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan are reinvesting in an infrastructure trust sponsored by the National Highways Authority of…

  • By: Staff
  • March 22, 2024 March 21, 2024
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2023 Defined Benefit Investment Forum: Can institutional investors expect a recession in 2024?

The “most widely anticipated recession in history” could arrive in 2024, said Eric Lascelles, chief economist at RBC Global Asset Management, during the keynote session…

Coverage of the 2023 Defined Benefit Investment Forum

On Dec. 6, the Canadian Investment Review hosted its annual Defined Benefit Investment Forum. With the close of a year marred by financial fragility and global…

2023 Defined Benefit Investment Forum: Housing unaffordability may launch ‘generational move’ toward multi-family segment

Canada has a real estate “supply and demand crisis” that is likely to get worse in the coming years with ineffectual government intervention and central…