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Upward pressure increasing on Canadian bond real yields: report

Inflation break-evens at multi-year highs and higher nominal yields are putting some upward pressure on real yields in Canada, according to a new report by…

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…

Institutional investors should remain focused on the long term amid tumultuous times: expert

The exceptional rise of U.S. equity markets over the past year has been difficult for many institutional investors to watch because their long-term focus meant…

How does federal carbon pricing being ruled constitutional impact institutional investors?

A recent ruling on federal carbon pricing sparked a lot of loud talk on both sides of the aisle, but the impact on institutional investors…

Caisse, OMERS investing in sustainable energy sector

The Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec is partnering with alternative investment manager Energize Ventures to promote digital innovation in the energy and sustainable…

Caisse investing in wind and solar projects, AIMCo in German real estate

CPPIB launching new investment group focused on sustainable energy

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is launching a new investment group that will focus on renewables, conventional energy and new technology and service solutions.…

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  • April 7, 2021 April 8, 2021
  • 13:00
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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 9, 2021
  • 12:45

Why decumulation is a challenge for CAPs          

While decumulation is a critical aspect of retirement, in my opinion, it doesn’t attract enough attention. Decumulation is the process of drawing down a capital…

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Canadian DB pension plans see improved funded positions in Q1: reports

Canada’s defined benefit pension plans’ funded positions continue to improve in 2021, ending the first quarter at their highest levels in more than 20 years, according to…

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  • April 6, 2021 April 6, 2021
  • 09:00
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Ontario Teachers’ investing in legal tech co., supporting franchise operator’s expansion

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is getting into the legal technology business after agreeing to a strategic investment in software provider Miratech. Miratech’s legal and…

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…

HOOPP names veteran Jeff Wendling new president and CEO

HOOPP CEO talks 2020 results, the pandemic and looking to the future

The Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan ended 2020 with a funded status of 119 per cent and posted a return of 11.42 per cent over the…

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Ontario Teachers’ reporting 8.6% net return for 2020

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is reporting a total-fund net return of 8.6 per cent for 2020, a year which has generated mixed financial results…

  • By: Staff
  • April 1, 2021 April 1, 2021
  • 09:00

Holding co. backed by Caisse and Ontario Teachers’ making first acquisition, CPPIB in Brazil water infrastructure

An insurance holding company backed by the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is making its inaugural transaction,…

  • By: Staff
  • March 25, 2021 March 25, 2021
  • 09:00

Expert panel: How DB plan sponsors can get back into the driver’s seat

Much has been written about how 2020 was unprecedented, challenging and exhausting — take your pick of adjectives. It was also a white-knuckle ride for…

CAAT appointing Asif Haque chief investment officer

The Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Pension Plan is appointing Asif Haque as chief investment officer, effective May 1. Haque has worked at the…

  • By: Staff
  • March 11, 2021 March 11, 2021
  • 09:00

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
  • 12:21

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…

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
  • 18:48

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…

Where did institutional equity investors turn in coronavirus crash?

During the coronavirus market crash, U.S. stocks with higher institutional ownership experienced worse performance, especially those held by active, short-term and domestic institutions, according to…

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  • August 17, 2020 December 6, 2020
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CPPIB selling 45% stake in software services provider

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is selling its approximately-45 per cent interest in GlobalLogic Worldwide Holdings Inc. to Hitachi Ltd., a deal expected to…

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  • April 1, 2021 April 1, 2021
  • 09:00

One year later: The AIMCo, CAAT and OPTrust on lessons learned during the pandemic

Despite adjustments to operations and investments during the coronavirus pandemic, Canada’s major pension plan leaders are maintaining a long-term view by looking ahead to a…

PSP investing in real estate technology, Caisse in venture capital firm

The Public Sector Pension Investment Board is among the investors in a new fund by Greensoil PropTech Ventures, a Toronto-based property-technology company. The fund, which…

  • By: Staff
  • March 18, 2021 March 18, 2021
  • 17:25

Imperial Oil urging investors to vote against Bâtirente’s net-zero emissions motion

Imperial Oil Ltd. is recommending investors attending its annual meeting in May vote against a shareholder resolution that it adopt a corporate-wide target to achieve…

How should investors interpret the recent move up in interest rates?

United States 10-year bond yields have risen substantially from their lows of 0.50 per cent last summer, hitting 1.6 per cent by late February. Canadian…

Confidence in Bitcoin up among institutional investors: survey

The vast majority (85 per cent) of institutional investors who already engage with Bitcoin plan to increase their investment in the cryptocurrency over the next…

  • By: Staff
  • March 15, 2021 March 16, 2021
  • 15:00

Pension plans are navigating the 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…

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.…

  • By: Staff
  • 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…

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…

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

One year later: Institutional investors looking beyond pandemic

While the coronavirus pandemic is continuing to shape global markets following a tumultuous 2020, institutional investors are looking beyond the crisis, says Rob Almeida, portfolio…

Caisse shuffling board at infrastructure subsidiary

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is appointing a new board of directors for the CDPQ Infra, its subsidiary that serves as principal…

  • By: Staff
  • March 15, 2021 March 15, 2021
  • 09:00

Desjardins launching low-carbon ETF

Desjardins Global Asset Management Inc. recently launched a low-carbon exchange-traded fund. The Desjardins RI Emerging Markets Low CO2 Index ETF started to trade on the Toronto…

  • By: Staff
  • March 23, 2021 March 22, 2021
  • 09:00

Canadian pension plans average funding positions improved slightly in January: report

Canadian pension plans saw their funding positions improve on both a solvency and accounting basis in January 2021, compared to December 2020, found Morneau Shepell’s…

  • By: Staff
  • March 9, 2021 March 9, 2021
  • 18:01

CAAT sees funded status rise slightly, lowers discount rate

The Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology’s pension plan is currently 119-per cent funded on a going-concern basis with a funding reserve of $3.3 billion,…

  • By: Staff
  • March 8, 2021 March 11, 2021
  • 09:00