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Back to basics on investment glide paths

Simply put, a glide path is a calculation designed to support an employee’s desired retirement timeline through investments in a target-date fund. When an employee…

Global pension assets up 11% in 2023: report

Global pension assets increased by 11 per cent to reach US$55.7 trillion in 2023, up from $50.2 trillion at the end of 2022, according to…

  • By: Staff
  • March 14, 2024 March 13, 2024
  • 09:00

Halifax Port ILA/HEA assessing past, future of DB pension plans

While Blair Richards understands why the industry is moving away from defined benefit pension plans, he worries about what may be lost in the process.…

45% of U.S. DC plan sponsors considering adding emergency savings options in 2024: survey

More than two-fifths (45 per cent) of U.S. defined contribution pension plan sponsors say they’re considering implementing emergency savings features, according to a survey from…

  • By: Staff
  • January 23, 2024 January 23, 2024
  • 15:00
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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…


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…

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Can IBM’s retirement benefit account revive the traditional DB pension plan?

After closing its defined benefit pension plan nearly two decades ago and replacing it with a less riskier defined contribution plan, International Business Machines Corp.…


Financial market regulators establish committee to implement total cost reporting plan

The Joint Forum of Financial Market Regulators is establishing a committee to help implement its total cost reporting plan. The plan aims to increase investor…

  • By: Staff
  • December 15, 2023 December 15, 2023
  • 15:00

Head to head: Is it time for DC plan sponsors to quit the balanced fund?

One defined contribution plan sponsor sings the praises of the traditional balanced fund, while another outlines a different option that better matches risk levels according…

Would Brazil’s new bond work in Canada?

RendA+, an innovative bond instrument in Brazil, is serving as a relatively safe asset for defined contribution pension plans and lowering retirement risk, especially for…

  • By: Sadie Janes
  • December 15, 2023 December 14, 2023
  • 08:55

Gap persists between DC plan sponsor, member views on retirement readiness: survey

While the majority (87 per cent) of defined contribution pension plan sponsors feel their members are somewhat or very prepared for retirement, only 63 per…

  • By: Staff
  • December 11, 2023 December 11, 2023
  • 15:00

Contributions to B.C. pension plans increased by 10% in 2022: report

Contributions to British Columbia-based defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans increased by 10 per cent in 2022, while contributions to target-benefit plans increased by…

  • By: Staff
  • November 17, 2023 November 16, 2023
  • 09:00

Coverage of the 2023 DC Investment Conference

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic three years ago, the global economy has faced a bumpy ride, led by the lingering public health crisis,…

2023 DC Investment Forum: Silver linings for retirement savings, investment trends and younger generations

Defined contribution pension plan members are currently in a different place, especially the younger generations, who are likely feeling as though their financial priorities don’t…

2023 DC Investment Forum: The importance of strategic asset allocation in target-date funds

Since defined contribution plan members will experience a wide variety of market conditions over the course of their working lives and into retirement, it’s important…

2023 DC Investment Forum: How real assets in DC plans can give members a ‘much smoother ride’

In volatile market environments, adding real assets to defined contribution pension plan portfolios has the ability to provide diversification benefits and give members a “much…

2023 DC Investment Forum: Why DC plan sponsors should consider a distinct credit exposure

While fixed income has long had the reputation of being the conservative and stable supporting partner in the traditional balanced portfolio, unbundling fixed income into…

2023 DC Investment Forum: How longevity risk pooling can help DC plan members meet their retirement income needs

Larry, a hypothetical defined contribution plan member, is facing a difficult calculus as he prepares to retire. Between his personal and DC plan savings, he’s…

2023 DC Investment Forum: Target-date fund glide paths evolving to meet DC plan member needs

Plotting out a glide path is the most important part of designing a target-date fund — not only does it take members on a roughly…


60% of global DC pension plan members say inflation impacting retirement plans: survey

Nearly two-thirds (60 per cent) of global defined contribution pension plan members say they’re thinking differently about retirement amid rising inflation, according to a new survey…

  • By: Staff
  • October 24, 2023 October 24, 2023
  • 15:00

Editorial: Weighing the benefits of participation in a multi-employer pension plan

Whether it’s in the magazine, on the website or at our various defined contribution pension plan events, Benefits Canada is regularly writing about how DC plans are…

2023 Top 50 DC Plans Report: Unleashing the power of multi-employer pension plans

Increased volatility, stubborn inflation and erratic interest rates are making for financially uncertain times, where it can be more reassuring to seek safety in shared…


CAPSA pension risk management guideline too divergent, says ACPM

The Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities’ draft guideline for pension plan risk management covers too many topics and audiences, limiting its practical applicability, according…

  • By: Staff
  • October 6, 2023 October 5, 2023
  • 09:00

CAPSA’s risk management guideline adaptable to changes in cybersecurity, ESG: webinar

The Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities’ new risk management guideline allows for additional flexibility amid evolving issues such as cybersecurity and environmental, social and…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • September 11, 2023 September 10, 2023
  • 09:00
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Research finds pensions struggle to determine metrics for ESG goals

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach for pension funds looking to use an environmental, social and governance lens in their investment approach, according to a new publication…