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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…

Canadians taking CPP at 60 losing $100,000+ in retirement income: study

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…

  • By: Staff
  • January 6, 2021 January 31, 2021
  • 12:21
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It’s time to revolutionize how investment firms are paid

Investment management is an unusual business in that it doesn’t typically offer customers their money back if they’re unsatisfied with the product or service. This…

Canadian ESG-related investment assets surge to $3.2 trillion: report

Will the environment be back on institutional investor agendas 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…

  • By: Staff
  • January 6, 2021 January 31, 2021
  • 10:03
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Mercer Canada report says rally in stocks helped strengthen pension plans to end year

A rally on the stock market in the fourth quarter helped boost the strength of Canadian defined benefit pension plans to end the year, a…

Institutional investing in 2021: looking towards the future

Last year offered up one of most tempestuous investment environments in recent memory, and this year looks to be equally dynamic. It will be increasingly…

Finding yield and diversification opportunities in small-balance credit

Finding yield and diversification opportunities in small-balance credit

Small-balance credit—a subset of alternative credit gaining traction in the United States as fintech makes modest consumer and business loans more investable—could be a yield…

Value taking centre stage in discussions around defined-contribution investment fees

Value taking centre stage in discussions around defined-contribution investment fees

Anyone flipping through a prospectus for an employer’s defined contribution pension plan or group registered retirement savings plan will notice a recurring theme when it…

Wellington Management joins net zero asset managers’ initiative

Wellington Management joins net zero asset managers’ initiative

Wellington Management Co. is joining the net zero asset managers’ initiative as a founding member. The company is committing to working with clients on their…

  • By: Staff
  • December 15, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 09:07
Public sector union pressuring PSP to ‘pull out’ of all long-term care investments

Public sector union pressuring PSP to ‘pull out’ of all long-term care investments

The Public Service Alliance of Canada is reiterating a call for its pension investment manager to divest its ownership in Revera Inc. over the company’s…

Corby, Hiram Walker entering $176-million group annuity buy-in

Corby Spirit and Wine Ltd. and Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd. are de-risking with a $176-million group annuity buy-in amidst volatile markets caused by the…

  • By: Staff
  • December 7, 2020 December 7, 2020
  • 16:20
Ontario Teachers’ investing in eye-care provider

Ontario Teachers’ investing in eye-care provider

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is acquiring a majority stake in NVISION Eye Centers, a U.S.-based provider of eye-care services. As part of the transaction,…

  • By: Staff
  • December 2, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 12:12
Pension funds playing defence amid coronavirus crisis

Pension funds playing defence amid coronavirus crisis

Despite several bumps in the decade since the 2008/09 financial crisis, the swift and brutal crash in global equity prices when the coronavirus was declared…

Canadians named to advisory board developing transparency benchmark for pensions

Canadians named to advisory board developing transparency benchmark for pensions

A new advisory board tasked with creating a benchmark for transparency throughout global pension investment systems will include two Canadian members. The board was jointly…

  • By: Staff
  • November 25, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 09:20
Institutional investors share experiences with ESG investing

Institutional investors share experiences with ESG investing

Demand for defined benefit pension plan sponsors to focus on environmental, social and governance factors through their investments is growing. Both plan sponsors and members…

NL’s College of Physicians and Surgeons latest employer to join DBplus pension

NL’s College of Physicians and Surgeons latest employer to join DBplus pension

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador is the latest employer to join the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology pension plan’s…

  • By: Staff
  • November 19, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 09:00
Nav Canada, Goodyear Canada share experiences with LDI in low interest rate world

Nav Canada, Goodyear Canada share experiences with LDI in low interest rate world

Despite the low interest rate environment, it still makes sense for defined benefit pension plan sponsors to adopt a liability-driven investment strategy, said Serge Lapierre,…

  • By: Yaelle Gang
  • November 19, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 08:04

Bank of Canada governor says country needs to pick up pace on tackling climate change

Canada’s top central banker is making a plea for the country to more quickly address the impacts of climate change to avoid any economic ripple…

Michel St-Germain reflects on 45 years in pension industry, challenges ahead

As Canada’s pension landscape has evolved over the past 45 years, Michel St-Germain has been helping plan sponsors navigate it all. St-Germain, who is currently…

  • By: Yaelle Gang
  • November 17, 2020 February 23, 2021
  • 10:35
CPPIB earns 5% net return in fiscal Q2

CPPIB earns 5% net return in fiscal Q2

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board ended its second quarter of fiscal 2021 with net assets of $456.7 billion, up from $434.4 billion at the…

  • By: Staff
  • November 17, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 09:33