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Majority of Ontario’s DB pension plans more than fully funded: report

The average Ontario defined benefit pension plan is in the best funded position since December 2009, according to the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario’s…

  • By: Staff
  • February 17, 2022 February 17, 2022
  • 12:00

Bruce Power using asset-liability studies, rebalancing to protect pension fund

As a nuclear power provider, Bruce Power’s culture emphasizes the importance of risk-averseness. This is reflected in the company’s efforts to secure the indexed benefits…

Canadian DB pensions’ average funding positions worsened in January: report

The funded position of a typical defined benefit pension plan decreased on a solvency basis but increased on an accounting basis in January, according to…

Air Canada pension investor signs UN-backed principles for responsible investment

Trans-Canada Capital Inc., an investment manager that was spun out of Air Canada’s defined benefit pension plans in 2019, is a signatory of the United…

  • By: Staff
  • February 8, 2022 February 9, 2022
  • 11:00

Median return of Canadian DB pension plans reaches 4.11% in Q4 of 2021: report

The median return of Canadian defined benefit pension plans was 4.11 per cent for the fourth quarter of 2021, the seventh consecutive positive quarterly return…

  • By: Staff
  • February 7, 2022 February 4, 2022
  • 09:00
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Domestic equities boost median DB pension returns to 8.9% in 2021: report

The strong performance of domestic equites in the last months of 2021 helped Canadian defined benefit pension plans secure median annual returns of 8.9 per…

  • By: Staff
  • February 1, 2022 February 1, 2022
  • 09:00
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Canadian pension returns up during Q4, buoyed by global equities: report

The median Canadian defined benefit pension plan generated returns of 3.8 per cent in the final quarter of 2021, according to a new report by…

  • By: Staff
  • January 27, 2022 January 27, 2022
  • 13:20

N.S. Pension Services Corp. appoints new CIO

The Nova Scotia Pension Services Corp. is appointing Steve Mahoney as its new chief investment officer, effective April 1, 2022. He’s taking over the CIO…

  • By: Staff
  • January 20, 2022 January 19, 2022
  • 11:00

PIAC to focus on growing membership in 2022, says new board member

The Pension Investment Association of Canada board is prioritizing a return to business as usual and the expansion of the association’s membership in 2022. The…

Canadian DB pensions’ average funding positions improved slightly in December: report

The average Canadian defined benefit pension plan saw improvements on a solvency and accountancy basis in December, according to LifeWorks Inc.’s latest monthly report. It…

  • By: Staff
  • January 11, 2022 January 12, 2022
  • 11:00

DB pensions offer significant cost savings over DC plans: report

Defined benefit pension plans offer substantial cost advantages over 401(k)-style defined contribution plans, according to a new report by the National Institute on Retirement Security.…

  • By: Staff
  • January 11, 2022 January 10, 2022
  • 09:00
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Trusteed pension funds’ assets valued at $2.14T in Q2: StatsCan

The market value of assets held by Canadian trusteed pension funds rose four per cent to $2.14 trillion at the end of the second quarter…

  • By: Staff
  • January 10, 2022 January 7, 2022
  • 09:00

HOOPP exchanges property portfolio for stake in new REIT

The Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan is exchanging a property portfolio for a stake in a new real estate investment trust. Under the terms of…

  • By: Staff
  • January 6, 2022 January 6, 2022
  • 09:00
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Majority of Canadian DB pension solvency ratios above 100 per cent: report

The average solvency ratio of Canadian defined benefit pension plans in Mercer’s database grew by seven per cent in 2021, according to a new report…

2021 a banner year for largest U.S. DB pension plans: report

The largest defined benefit pension plans in the U.S. saw average funded status improve by eight per cent in 2021, according to a new report…

  • By: Staff
  • January 4, 2022 January 4, 2022
  • 09:00

Expert panel: DB, DC pension predictions for 2022

As a new year dawns, our attention turns to what’s ahead, the following are a few of my predictions for trends in the world of…

Top 10 investment stories of 2021

With Benefits Canada‘s companion publication the Canadian Investment Review integrating into BenefitsCanada.com in early 2021, many of the top investment stories of the year include…

Coverage of the 2021 Investment Innovation Conference

In November, leading public intellectuals, pension leaders and investment experts joined delegates at the Canadian Investment Review‘s 2021 Investment Innovation Conference at the Pillar and…

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2021 IIC coverage: Considerations for pension plan sponsors in a post-pandemic political climate

However long the social, political and economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic may last, humanity and its economic systems have weathered the storm exceptionally well,…

2021 IIC coverage: The impact of climate change on asset valuation

Asset managers that incorporate climate change into their investment processes are increasingly looking beyond commitments to net zero and exploring the impact on asset valuation,…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • December 21, 2021 December 17, 2021
  • 07:58

2021 IIC coverage: Maximizing the certainty of an outcome — it isn’t just death and taxes

With many defined benefit pension plan solvency ratios at all-time highs, plan sponsors have an excellent opportunity to rethink their approach to investing, according to…

2021 IIC coverage: Is inflation here to stay?

“Inflation is here and it has a meaningful impact on portfolios and financial assets,” said Ilan Kolet, an institutional portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments Inc.,…

2021 IIC coverage: CBC Pension Plan monitoring, refining LDI strategy

With interest rates trending downward over several decades, liability-driven investing has proven to be a successful strategy for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Pension Plan. The…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • December 21, 2021 December 17, 2021
  • 07:50

How the OPTrust is taking a sustainable approach to investment

Before Alison Loat joined the OPSEU Pension Trust as its first managing director of sustainable investing and innovation in 2019, her experience with sustainability investing…

Top 5 HR, pension and benefits stories of the week

With many employers eyeing a return to the office in 2022, it’s no surprise a story looking at how the City of Toronto and a…

  • By: Staff
  • December 10, 2021 December 9, 2021
  • 09:00