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Expert panel: How is cryptocurrency impacting institutional investors’ portfolios?

Whether institutional investors welcome it — or even realize it — cryptocurrency is having an impact on their portfolios. The immense size of the crypto…

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University Pension Plan tackling ESG issues by joining 30% Club, CCGG and SHARE

The newly minted University Pension Plan is tackling environmental, social and governance issues head on by partnering with the 30% Club, Canadian Coalition for Good…

DB pension interest in fixed income grew in 2020, finds PIAC asset mix report

Members of the Pension Investment Association of Canada saw their managed assets grow by 7.4 per cent in 2020, according to a new report. In…

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

UTAM naming Chuck O’Reilly as new president, CIO

The University of Toronto Asset Management Corp. is appointing Chuck O’Reilly as its next president and chief investment officer. O’Reilly, the UTAM’s senior portfolio manager…

  • By: Staff
  • July 6, 2021 July 6, 2021
  • 15:00

Canadian DB pensions see improved funded position, investment returns: reports

The aggregate funded ratio for Canadian defined benefit pension plans in the S&P/TSX composite index increased from 94.8 per cent in the first quarter of…

  • By: Staff
  • July 5, 2021 July 2, 2021
  • 09:00

University Pension Plan launches multi-employer DB pension plan

The University Pension Plan is launching its jointly sponsored pension plan, providing management services to the Queen’s University, the University of Guelph and the University…

  • By: Staff
  • July 2, 2021 July 2, 2021
  • 09:00
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Nova Scotia’s PSSP sees 15.75% return: annual report

Nova Scotia’s Public Service Superannuation Plan saw a 15.75 per cent return net of investment fees for the fiscal year 2020/21, generating $1 billion in…

  • By: Staff
  • June 30, 2021 June 30, 2021
  • 15:00

Meet the judges of the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards

With the 2021 Workplace Benefits Awards’ nomination process drawing to a close in a couple of weeks, Benefits Canada is pleased to announce this year’s…

  • By: Staff
  • June 25, 2021 June 24, 2021
  • 09:00

Ontario Teachers’ investing in AI-based hiring platform

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is leading a US$138 million ($172 million) Series C funding round for Beamery Ltd., a company with an artificial intelligence-based…

  • By: Staff
  • June 22, 2021 June 22, 2021
  • 09:00

Ontario Teachers’ investing in online education platform, plant-based food development company

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has raised $375 million in a series D funding round for Applyboard Inc., an online platform that connects students to…

  • By: Staff
  • June 17, 2021 June 17, 2021
  • 12:30

Canada’s largest pension funds come together at inaugural climate change event

Representatives from eight of Canada’s largest pension funds — known as the Maple Eight — participated in the first meeting of the Sustainable Finance Action…

  • By: Staff
  • June 16, 2021 June 17, 2021
  • 09:00

Financial market regulators highlighting focus on DC investment fees

Investment fees led the agenda at the Joint Forum of Financial Market Regulators’ annual meeting last week. This year, the forum engaged externally on investment fees,…

  • By: Staff
  • June 15, 2021 June 14, 2021
  • 15:00

U.S. public sector pension retains top executives despite trustee revolt

Two executives at the Pennsylvania-based Public School Employees Retirement System have survived an effort by trustees to oust them from their positions due to investment…

  • By: Staff
  • June 15, 2021 June 15, 2021
  • 11:00
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Decline in bond yields signals market observers to be on ‘inflation watch’: report

The funded position for an average Canadian defined benefit pension plan improved slightly during May, with a solvency of 108.2 per cent, according to a…

  • By: Staff
  • June 10, 2021 June 10, 2021
  • 12:30

UPP appointing first managing director of responsible investing

The University Pension Plan has appointed Brian Minns as its first managing director of responsible investing. Prior to joining the UPP, Minns spent 10 years working…

  • By: Staff
  • June 10, 2021 June 10, 2021
  • 09:15

British Airways appointing outsourced chief investment officer

British Airways is appointing Blackrock Inc. as outsourced chief investment officer for its two defined benefit pension plans. While many U.K.-based pensions have adopted an…

  • By: Staff
  • June 8, 2021 June 8, 2021
  • 12:30

FSRA three-year plan includes pension flexibility, transparency and innovation

The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario has unveiled its priorities for the next three years, including plans to reshape its supervisory role for the…

  • By: Staff
  • May 31, 2021 May 31, 2021
  • 09:15
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UAPP withdrawing $2.7BN public equities portfolio from AIMCo

The Universities Academic Pension Plan is withdrawing control of its $2.7-billlion public equities portfolio from the Alberta Investment Management Corp. The withdrawal comes following ongoing…

Opportunities for DB plans to de-risk at an attractive price in 2021: report

The average defined benefit pension plan saw its funded position continue to improve in April on a solvency and accounting basis, according to a new…

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UTAM posts 11.7% pension return for 2020

The University of Toronto Asset Management Corp. ended 2020 with pension and endowment returns of 11.7 per cent and 11.6 per cent, respectively. In a…

  • By: Staff
  • May 5, 2021 May 4, 2021
  • 09:00
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72% of Canadian pension funds considering consolidation options: survey

The majority (72 per cent) of Canadian pension funds said they’re currently focused on consolidation options that offer greater certainty they’ll be able to meet…

  • By: Staff
  • May 3, 2021 May 6, 2021
  • 09:00

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…

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…

  • By: Staff
  • April 6, 2021 April 6, 2021
  • 09:00
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…