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Ontario Teachers’ acquiring online presence providers, Caisse increasing stake in construction firm

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is jointly acquiring and consolidating two online presence companies alongside an investment fund. The investment organization and its partner, Cinven…

Prospect of global economic slowdown tops list of institutional investor concerns: survey

The possibility of a global economic slowdown is of greater concern to global institutional investors than rising inflation, according to a new survey from the…

  • By: Staff
  • December 8, 2022 December 7, 2022
  • 12:00

Ontario Teachers’ names Anna Murray global head of sustainable investing

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board is appointing Anna Murray as its senior managing director and global head of sustainable investing. In the new role,…

  • By: Staff
  • December 7, 2022 December 7, 2022
  • 15:00

DC plan members nearing retirement need employers’ help to achieve financial security: report

Defined contribution pension plan members nearing retirement may need their employers’ help to achieve financial security during an era of low interest rates and increased…

  • By: Staff
  • December 7, 2022 December 6, 2022
  • 09:00

Average DB discount rate dipped 0.5% in 2021: report

The average discount rate used by Canadian defined benefit pension plans at the end of 2021 was 0.5 per cent higher than the previous year,…

  • By: Staff
  • December 6, 2022 December 6, 2022
  • 12:09

AIMCo-financed carbon emissions down 9% in 2021

The Alberta Investment Management Corp.’s total financed carbon dioxide emissions fell nine per cent in 2021, according to its annual climate disclosure. According to figures…

  • By: Staff
  • December 6, 2022 December 6, 2022
  • 12:00

World’s 100 largest asset managers’ AUM up 9% in 2021: report

The world’s 100 largest asset managers grossed US$25.7 trillion in assets under management as of Dec. 31, 2021, up nine per cent from the previous…

  • By: Staff
  • December 5, 2022 December 5, 2022
  • 09:00
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$13.5BN HSBC Canada Bank acquisition a win for pension plans, says RBC CEO

A deal for the Royal Bank of Canada to absorb HSBC Bank Canada for $13.5 billion is good news for pension plans, said Dave McKay,…

PSP acquiring Australian vineyards, OMERS selling majority stake in calibration company

The Public Sector Pension Investment Board is acquiring a portfolio of vineyards in Australia. According to the terms of the deal reached with Casella Family Brands, the…

  • By: Staff
  • December 1, 2022 December 2, 2022
  • 12:00

Survey finds fewer U.S. institutional investors incorporating ESG into investment decisions

Slightly more than a third (35 per cent) of U.S. institutional investors are incorporating environmental, social and governance factors into investment decisions, down from a…

  • By: Staff
  • December 1, 2022 November 30, 2022
  • 09:00
Caisse investing in wind and solar projects, AIMCo in German real estate

Ontario Teachers’ investing in U.K. energy network, CPPIB acquiring stake in Brazilian internet provider

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is acquiring a stake in a U.K. renewable electricity network. According to the terms of an agreement with Scottish and…

  • By: Staff
  • November 29, 2022 November 29, 2022
  • 12:00

BCI enhancing climate change strategy

The British Columbia Investment Management Corp. is enhancing its climate change strategy to successfully navigate the global transition towards net-zero emissions. The investment organization’s priorities…

  • By: Staff
  • November 28, 2022 November 25, 2022
  • 09:00
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Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article on the FIRE — financial independence and retiring early — concept was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five…

  • By: Staff
  • November 25, 2022 November 24, 2022
  • 09:00

Expert panel: China’s ESG mask slips

Reports that a leading asset manager is delaying the launch of a Chinese bond fund indefinitely are a clear sign that the facade around Chinese…

BoC efforts to cool inflation attracting long-term institutional investors: expert

Despite concerns about global economic headwinds, the Bank of Canada’s successful efforts to curb inflation is capturing the attention of institutional investors, says Kathrin Forrest,…

2022 Top 40 Money Managers Report: The risks for DB, DC plan sponsors around alternative investments

When Saskatchewan’s Public Employees Pension Plan’s board introduced alternatives to its investment lineup in 2020 with an aim to improve the defined contribution plan’s risk-adjusted…

A look at the landscape for automatic features in Canadian pension plans

Matching employer contributions in capital accumulation plans are as close to free money as employees can legally get. “You’re not changing your risk — because…

How InBenefits is aiming to prove the potential of target-benefit pensions

Alain Malaket has a nuanced perspective on risk — one informed by his experiences as a third-party administrator, pension regulator, consultant, pension plan director and…

Western University marking Financial Literacy Month with webinars, DC pension plan consultations

Western University is marking Financial Literacy Month with a series of webinars and consultations addressing employees’ financial questions. The webinars cover topics such as retirement,…

Canadian pension plans named as passive beneficiaries of China’s crimes against humanity: report

Nine Canadian public sector pension plans are passively invested in companies with evidenced involvement in the persecution of Uyghurs in China, according to a new…

  • By: Staff
  • November 22, 2022 November 23, 2022
  • 12:00

CPPIB generated 0.2% returns in Q3 despite global market declines

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board’s assets returned 0.2 per cent during the third quarter of 2022, according to its latest quarterly report. By Sept.…

  • By: Staff
  • November 15, 2022 November 16, 2022
  • 13:00

Ontario Teachers’ facing losses from crypto exchange collapse, Caisse financing Quebec EV manufacturer

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is facing losses from an investment in a cryptocurrency exchange that filed for bankruptcy on Nov. 11. The pension fund invested…

  • By: Staff
  • November 14, 2022 November 15, 2022
  • 12:30

Majority of institutional investors say alternative asset managers are meeting, exceeding expectations in 2022: survey

Three-quarters (75 per cent) of institutional investors say their alternative asset managers are either meeting or exceeding performance expectations in 2022 despite operating in a…

  • By: Staff
  • November 24, 2022 November 24, 2022
  • 15:00

Ontario seeking feedback on framework for target-benefit pension plans

In its fall economic statement, the Ontario government said it will ask stakeholders to provide feedback this winter on a draft framework for target-benefit pension…

  • By: Staff
  • November 17, 2022 November 17, 2022
  • 13:00

CPPIB reinvesting in airport operator, Cadillac Fairview developing Calgary-area industrial site

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is increasing its stake in a French airport operator. The investment organization is acquiring a 1.59 per cent share…

  • By: Staff
  • November 17, 2022 November 17, 2022
  • 12:00

IMCO announces interim carbon reduction targets for 2030

The Investment Management Corp. of Ontario is revealing interim carbon reduction targets for 2030. The investment organization is planning to halve its $79 billion portfolio’s…

  • By: Staff
  • November 24, 2022 November 22, 2022
  • 09:00

Canadian responsible investments holding steady at $3 trillion AUM: survey

Canadian investment managers had $3 trillion in assets using responsible investment strategies as of Dec. 31, 2021, down slightly from the $3.2 trillion reported in…

  • By: Staff
  • November 23, 2022 November 23, 2022
  • 09:00

Institutional investors unclear on the consequences of climate change, energy transition: expert

Institutional investors must recognize the risks and opportunities presented by climate change and national efforts to mitigate it, says Jaakko Kooroshy, head of sustainable investment…

Canadian DB pension plan solvency rose 3.1% in October: report

Canada’s defined benefit pension plans improved on both a solvency basis and an accounting basis in October, according to a new report by LifeWorks Inc.…

  • By: Staff
  • November 8, 2022 November 8, 2022
  • 12:00

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

An article on Telus Communications Inc.’s win in Benefits Canada‘s 2022 Workplace Benefits Awards was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most…

  • By: Staff
  • November 4, 2022 November 3, 2022
  • 09:00

Survey finds number of global indexes increased 4.43% in 2022, led by ESG indexes

The number of global indexes increased 4.43 per cent this year, led by environmental, social and governance indexes, which grew to new records, according to…

  • By: Staff
  • November 3, 2022 November 3, 2022
  • 12:00

Is the concept of financial independence and early retirement truly feasible?

The FIRE concept — financial independence and retiring early — is gaining traction among younger workers, but as appealing as early retirement may be, it isn’t…

  • By: Sadie Janes
  • November 18, 2022 November 18, 2022
  • 09:01

U.S. workers more likely to stay with employer offering financial wellness benefits: survey

More than two-thirds (68 per cent) of U.S. employees say they’re more likely to stay longer at their current job if their employer offers financial…

  • By: Staff
  • November 16, 2022 November 17, 2022
  • 15:00

Report urges pension plan fiduciaries to focus on finance when considering ESG factors

A new report from the C.D. Howe Institute says pension plan fiduciaries shouldn’t ignore climate change and other environmental, social, and governance factors that are…

  • By: Staff
  • November 15, 2022 November 14, 2022
  • 09:00

UPP appointing Brian Gill as chief technology officer, Luca Lupo leading OMERS Infrastructure’s London office

The University Pension Plan is appointing Brian Gill as its chief technology officer. In the new role, Gill will oversee the teams responsible for the…

  • By: Staff
  • November 17, 2022 November 17, 2022
  • 12:00

PSP Investments lays out details of responsible investment strategy

The Public Sector Pension Investment Board is revealing details about its responsible investment strategy in a new report. PSP Investment’s responsible investment report highlights its…

  • By: Staff
  • November 14, 2022 November 15, 2022
  • 09:00

DB pension plans not taking full advantage of agricultural carbon savings: expert

Canada’s defined benefit pension plans aren’t taking full advantage of regenerative agriculture practices, says Shidan Gouran, founder and chairman of Bluesphere Carbon, a New York-based…