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ACPM focusing on VPLA policy, ESG investment standards in 2024

In the coming year, the Association of Canadian Pension Management is looking forward to the possibility of participating in final consultations on policies and legislation…

Climate change, pension super-priority law among CIA’s priorities for 2024

The impacts of climate change and federal super-priority legislation on Canadian pension plans are among the issues that the Canadian Institute of Actuaries is monitoring…

Coverage of the 2023 Defined Benefit Investment Forum

On Dec. 6, the Canadian Investment Review hosted its annual Defined Benefit Investment Forum. With the close of a year marred by financial fragility and global…

2023 Defined Benefit Investment Forum: Housing unaffordability may launch ‘generational move’ toward multi-family segment

Canada has a real estate “supply and demand crisis” that is likely to get worse in the coming years with ineffectual government intervention and central…

2023 Defined Benefit Investment Forum: How exposure to multi-family real estate can optimize risk-adjusted returns

Multi-family real estate is set up for long-term sustained returns given the extreme dislocation between housing supply and demand in Canada and record-high federal immigration…

2023 Defined Benefit Investment Forum: How quality investing can help plan sponsors navigate uncertain markets

A quality investing strategy has some of the same benefits of a well-made pair of sneakers, said Ranjit Sufi, managing director and head of institutional…

2023 Defined Benefit Investment Forum: Managing liquidity through listed assets

After the simultaneous sell-off of both equities and bonds in the first half of 2022, many defined benefit pension plan sponsors were forced to “pay…

2023 Defined Benefit Investment Forum: The value of active management in emerging markets

With historic perceptions of emerging markets and equities no longer matching reality, institutional investors have the opportunity to scoop up good companies at low valuations,…

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OMERS evaluates sale of LifeLabs, CPPIB sells stake in software company

The Ontario Municipal Employees’ Retirement System is considering the sale of LifeLabs Inc., according to a report by The Globe and Mail. A spokesperson for…

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  • January 22, 2024 January 22, 2024
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Average DB pension plan’s funded position on solvency basis up in November: report

While the funded position of a typical defined benefit pension plan increased on a solvency basis in November, it decreased on an accounting basis in…

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  • January 22, 2024 January 19, 2024
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Ontario Teachers’ co-sponsoring new Indian renewable energy fund, OPTrust considers selling stake in Spain transport infrastructure company

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is co-sponsoring a new India-based infrastructure investment trust holding assets in the renewable energy space. The new fund raised US$165…

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  • January 18, 2024 January 18, 2024
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Some institutional investors asking fund managers to release capital before committing to more funding

Some institutional investors are telling private equity managers they’ll only commit to upcoming fund raises if their capital tied up in old funds is released,…

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  • January 18, 2024 January 17, 2024
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2023 Investment Innovation Conference: The importance of proprietary data in technology, AI investments

When investing in technology companies with artificial intelligence capabilities, it’s important that institutional investors ensure these entities own — or have relationships with large internet…

2023 Investment Innovation Conference: Is the 60/40 balanced portfolio strategy still viable for institutional investors?

Recent challenges to the 60/40 balanced portfolio rule shouldn’t sway institutional investors away from the strategy, said Steve Foerster, professor of finance at Western University’s…

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2023 Investment Innovation Conference: The evolving role of fixed income in hedging risk, enhancing yields

As the objectives of defined benefit pension plans have evolved, so too have institutional investors’ reasons for including fixed income allocations in a portfolio, from…

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2023 Investment Innovation Conference: Valuation reviews helping institutional investors navigate equity market uncertainties

For institutional investors, valuation reviews will be critical in navigating equity market uncertainties, said Amy Chang, managing director and head of active global fundamental at…

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Expert panel: Risk management, target-benefit framework among themes shaping pension industry in 2024

While it’s impossible to predict exactly how pension case law will evolve in future, one can offer an educated guess at some legislative developments and…

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Pension plan sponsors more vigilant of cybersecurity risks when dealing with third-party vendors: expert

Data management and transference is a key area of risk for pension plan sponsors as the vulnerability of engaging with third parties creates opportunities for…

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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HOOPP extending business partnership with Northern Trust

The Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan is renewing its relationship with wealth management firm Northern Trust Corp. as its asset servicing provider. The money manager…

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  • January 2, 2024 January 2, 2024
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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…

OPTrust aiming to cut 30% of carbon footprint from portfolio by 2030

The OPSEU Pension Trust is targeting a 30 per cent reduction in its carbon footprint by 2030, according to its new climate change report. It…

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  • December 19, 2023 December 18, 2023
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Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article on how employers can support employees with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five…

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  • December 15, 2023 December 15, 2023
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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…