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Coverage of the 2023 Investment Innovation Conference

The era of predictable monetary policy and global co-operation is over. In this new epoch, defined by sweeping government intervention, geopolitical realignment and environmental catastrophe,…

2023 Investment Innovation Conference: How emerging medical technology is disrupting traditional health-care investments

Innovations in medical technology in the next 10 years could unlock a new dawn of health investments that will make the last decade look slow…

Michael Melvin

2023 Investment Innovation Conference: How institutional investors can optimize academic research to mitigate risk, generate alpha

The University of California San Diego’s Kroner Center for Financial Research is examining four research areas that can assist institutional investors in determining successful strategies that…

Robertas Stancikas

2023 Investment Innovation Conference: Equities, fixed income assets generating real returns in volatile market regime

Institutional investors are preparing for a bumpy return risk space where volatility is higher for all assets and real returns are much lower than what…

Marc Weidner

2023 Investment Innovation Conference: Supply, demand in real estate revealing long-term investment opportunities

In today’s complex market, real estate investments continue to provide opportunities for institutional investors due to the simplicity of the risk spectrum, particularly when comparing equity…

Scott Richardson

2023 Investment Innovation Conference: Leveraging data, understanding risks to find opportunity in corporate credit market

Being systematic doesn’t mean overlooking the fundamental risks in the corporate credit asset class, said Scott Richardson, senior vice-president and director of systematic credit at Acadian…

Tripuraneni

2023 Investment Innovation Conference: Measuring success of ESG integration on investment performance, portfolio

It takes time to measure the success of environmental, social and governance integration at a portfolio level, said Sam Tripuraneni, head of sustainable outcomes at Aviva…

Global REITs expected to outperform in 2024 due to lack of supply, resilient corporate valuations: report

After two years of underperformance, global real estate investment trusts are expected to outperform in 2024 due to a decline of supply and resilient corporate…

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  • January 15, 2024 January 15, 2024
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Ontario Teachers’ making key appointments to executive team

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is making four key appointments to its executive team, effective immediately. The investment organization has appointed Stephen McLennan as chief…

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  • January 12, 2024 January 12, 2024
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Caisse invests US$100M in U.S. subscription commerce platform, backs supply chain solutions acquisition

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is investing US$100 million in subscription commerce platform company AppDirect. This marks the second investment from the…

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  • January 11, 2024 January 10, 2024
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Median solvency ratio of Canadian DB pension plans declines in Q4 2023: reports

The median solvency ratio of Canadian defined benefit pension plans declined in the fourth quarter of 2023, according to reports by Mercer and Aon. Mercer’s…

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  • January 5, 2024 January 5, 2024
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Office REITs suffer another tough year in 2023, but opportunities may still arise for long-term investors

It’s poised to be another challenging year for office real estate investment trusts, but some money managers say there could be decent entry points in…

Caisse buys stake in Brazilian energy firm subsidiary, backs Quebec-based bakery

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is buying a 15 per cent stake in a subsidiary of Brazil-based renewable energy company ENGIE Brasil…

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  • January 4, 2024 January 4, 2024
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MPs calling on government to bar pension funds from investing in Chinese companies linked to human rights abuses

The House of Commons Special Committee studying Canada-China relations is calling on the federal government to bar Canadian pension funds from investing in Chinese companies…

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  • January 4, 2024 January 3, 2024
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Prioritization of energy stocks over decarbonization goals a barrier to ESG investment metrics: survey

Nearly two-thirds (63 per cent) of institutional investors believe the emphasis of energy stocks over decarbonization goals is the biggest detractor of the progress surrounding…

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  • January 2, 2024 January 2, 2024
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Caisse backs engineering company acquisition, Ontario Teachers’ sells stake in snack food manufacturer

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is investing $12 million to facilitate the acquisition of Vancouver-based CWA Engineers Inc. by engineering consulting firm…

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  • December 21, 2023 December 20, 2023
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Top 10 investment stories of 2023

A story on how the federal government is considering ending Canada’s ’30 per cent rule’ was the most-read investment story on BenefitsCanada.com this year. Here are…

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  • December 21, 2023 December 21, 2023
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Rising bond yields, frontier markets top of mind for institutional investors in 2024: expert

The progression of bonds and frontier markets over the long term will be top of mind for institutional investors in the coming year, according to…

Head to head: Is it time for DC plan sponsors to quit the balanced fund?

One defined contribution plan sponsor sings the praises of the traditional balanced fund, while another outlines a different option that better matches risk levels according…

SHEPP diversifying portfolio with alternatives, less dependence on equities

Before Janet Jule joined the Saskatchewan Healthcare Employees’ Pension Plan as its chief investment officer in 2015, the pension plan sponsor started adding a wider…

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Caisse invests in Quebec-based telecommunications firm, AIMCo backs Asian green energy fund

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is investing in telecommunications provider Cogeco Communications Inc. The investment organization will now hold $350 million worth…

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  • December 14, 2023 December 13, 2023
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U.S. institutional investors paid $1.5 billion in management fees in 2022: report

U.S. institutional investors paid $1.5 billion in management fees in 2022, according to a new report by investment consulting firm Callan. The report, which analyzed mandates…

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  • December 8, 2023 December 8, 2023
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Half of global institutional investors believe recession is inevitable: survey

About half (51 per cent) of global institutional investors believe a recession is inevitable, a sentiment that runs strongest in the U.K. (67 per cent)…

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  • December 7, 2023 December 6, 2023
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Ontario Teachers’ appointing Pierre Cherki executive managing director of real estate

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is appointing Pierre Cherki as executive managing director if its new in-house real estate asset group, effective Jan. 22, 2024. In the new role,…

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  • December 6, 2023 December 6, 2023
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