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IMCO reporting 5.4% net return for 2020

The Investment Management Corp. of Ontario, which provides investment management services to broader public sector institutions in the province, is reporting a 5.4 per cent…

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…


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…

  • By: Staff
  • April 6, 2021 April 9, 2021
  • 12:45
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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…

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

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

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…

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
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Ontario Teachers’ investing in Finland utility, Caisse in Brazil telecommunications

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is acquiring a 40 per cent stake in Caruna, Finland’s largest electricity supplier. The pension will acquire a 20 per cent…

  • By: Staff
  • March 4, 2021 March 4, 2021
  • 18:59

The Caisse posts 7.7 per cent return in 2020 as real estate underperforms

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec posted a return of 7.7 per cent in 2020, below its benchmark index of 9.2 per cent as…

OTPP investing in packaging manufacturer, Caisse in flight-training company

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is acquiring The Carlyle Group’s majority stake in Logoplaste, a Portugal-based rigid plastic packaging designer and manufacturer of items. Logoplaste’s…

  • By: Staff
  • March 2, 2021 March 3, 2021
  • 09:00
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OMERS says its portfolio lost 2.7 per cent, net of expenses, in 2020

TheOntario Municipal Employees Retirement System says its portfolio lost 2.7 per cent, net of expenses, last year as the coronavirus pandemic hammered its investments. The pension-fund…

Bitcoin ETFs begin trading in North America

North America’s first Bitcoin exchange-traded funds began trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange recently. The Purpose Bitcoin ETF, developed by Toronto-based Purpose Investments, was approved…

Investors expect gold prices to remain bullish: survey

Four in five investors expect the price of gold to rise in 2021, while two out of five expect it to gain at least five…

  • By: Staff
  • February 18, 2021 February 18, 2021
  • 09:00

Lessons from the Desjardins Group pension plan on pivoting after economic turmoil

The Desjardins Group pension plan faced a reckoning following the 2008/09 financial crisis: its assets were down 40 per cent and it was watching other…

BCI adopts more stringent ESG expectations for companies it invests in

The British Columbia Investment Management Corp. is raising its environmental, social and governance-related expectations for the publicly-traded companies it invests in. Under its new proxy-voting…

  • By: Staff
  • February 11, 2021 March 24, 2021
  • 10:06

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…

Revisiting TDFs in the aftermath of market chaos

As a new decade revs up, is it time for capital accumulation plan sponsors to revisit the investment vehicles they offer? According to a recent…

  • By: Staff
  • January 26, 2021 April 14, 2021
  • 10:24

Alberta’s public-sector pension plans reassuring members amid worry over ministerial order

Alberta’s public-sector pension plans are reassuring members that their pensions are safe, following a recent ministerial order enacted by the provincial government. The order was…

  • By: Staff
  • January 21, 2021 April 14, 2021
  • 09:46

CPPIB investing in Brazil real estate, Intact acquisition approved

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is one of three investors entering a partnership with real estate developer SKR to develop, own and operate a…

  • By: Staff
  • January 20, 2021 April 14, 2021
  • 10:35

TC Energy decarbonization response to Keystone setback unlikely to sway ESG investors

THE CANADIAN PRESS Sustainable investing experts say TC Energy Corp.’s plan to decarbonize the Keystone XL pipeline is unlikely to save its fortunes, as a…

Climate change a growing focus for institutional investors in 2021

For institutional investors keen to maintain environmental, social and governance commitments made in recent years, there’s a steep climb ahead. The Paris Agreement — and its call…