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2022 DC Plan Summit coverage: What’s next for DC plans?

The 2022 Defined Contribution Plan Summit, which was hosted in Victoria, B.C. on May 11-13, featured several case studies from innovative DC plan sponsors, as…

2022 DC Plan Summit: Considering historical regimes in building a DC plan investment portfolio

Building a defined contribution pension plan’s investment portfolio should incorporate the benefits and drawbacks of various historical regimes to provide a strong foundation, said Ruthann…

2022 DC Plan Summit: Tracing the roots of dynamic pension pools across history, geographies

Dynamic pension pools can have a significant and positive impact on retirement outcomes if they’re supported by the appropriate legislative changes, said Barbara Sanders, associate…

2022 DC Plan Summit: The impact of career gaps, caregiving on women’s retirement readiness

When it comes to educating women about retirement and their finances, the needle hasn’t moved enough in the past few decades because the language being…

2022 DC Plan Summit: Aligning organizational sustainability strategies with DC pension plans

While many organizations have launched a sustainability strategy, Sun Life Financial Inc.’s strategy is anchored in three fundamental principles: financial security, sustainable investing and living…

2022 DC Plan Summit: Considering flexibility when implementing in-plan decumulation

While defined contribution pension plan sponsors are focusing on providing members with information, education and guidance to ensure they’re ready for retirement, advice is becoming…

2022 DC Plan Summit: Canfor’s multi-year financial wellness program goes beyond retirement

Providing tools to help defined contribution pension plan members make solid financial decisions rather than making the decisions for them was the impetus for Canadian…

81% of U.S. employees concerned about retirement readiness amid inflation: survey

Eight in 10 (81 per cent) U.S. employees with an employer-sponsored retirement savings plan say they’re concerned about inflation impacting their retirement, according to a…

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  • July 27, 2022 July 26, 2022
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2022 Pension Leadership Awards opens for entries

The Canadian Investment Review is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Pension Leadership Awards. The third annual Pension Leadership Awards will celebrate the organizations and individuals…

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  • July 12, 2022 July 12, 2022
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Expert panel: How ESG-focused TDFs could impact workplace CAPs

With the increased focus on integrating environmental, social and governance factors into pension plans, a new approach by BlackRock Inc. could have a significant impact on…

Access to collective investment trusts will strengthen 403(b) retirement plans: report

U.S. employers offering 403(b) retirement plans will benefit from access to collective investment trusts, according to a report by the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association.…

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  • July 6, 2022 July 6, 2022
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Survey finds half of young U.S. employees withdrawing early from retirement savings

Half (49 per cent) of U.S. employees younger than age 34 are withdrawing early from an individual retirement account or 401(k), according to a new…

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  • July 5, 2022 July 4, 2022
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Top 5 HR, benefits and pension stories of the week

An article on Stelco Inc.’s $1.3 billion annuity buy-in for one of its defined benefit pension plans was the most-read story on over the…

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  • June 24, 2022 June 23, 2022
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How SEIU Healthcare is making retirement planning accessible for members

A quarter of single seniors live below the poverty line in Canada and the problem is getting worse, with employer-sponsored pension plans not accessible to…

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Report finds U.S. DC plan members continuing contributions in Q1, despite market upheaval

Just 0.9 per cent of 35 million U.S. defined contribution pension plan members ceased making contributions during the first quarter of 2022, according to a…

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  • June 22, 2022 June 23, 2022
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No need for separate OSFI culture risk management guideline, says CIA

Culture risk management can be enhanced within existing risk management frameworks, says the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, adding it doesn’t see a need for a…

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  • June 22, 2022 June 21, 2022
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SPP adding two fund managers to diversify balanced fund portfolio

The Saskatchewan Pension Plan is allocating parts of its balanced fund to Ninepoint Partners and Fengate Asset Management in a bid to further diversify its portfolio. Ninepoint…

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  • June 7, 2022 June 6, 2022
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Canadian ESG-related investment assets surge to $3.2 trillion: report

U.S. DC pension plan sponsors seeking clarity on ESG guidelines, increasing focus on financial wellness: survey

While there’s broad interest in environmental, social and governance factors, the majority of U.S. defined contribution pension plan consultants said their plan sponsor clients are…

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  • June 6, 2022 June 3, 2022
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Pension plan sponsors uncertain about balancing ESG factors, fiduciary responsibilities: ACPM

Defined benefit pension plans and defined contribution pension plans are uncertain about how to incorporate environmental, social and governance issues into their investment processes in…

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  • June 2, 2022 June 2, 2022
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PIAC urging feds to allow tax-free mergers of target-date funds

The Pension Investment Association of Canada is urging the federal government to allow for tax-free mergers of maturing target-date funds. In a letter to the…

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  • May 4, 2022 May 4, 2022
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401(k) providers offering cryptocurrency investment options to U.S. workers

More workers may soon be able to stake some of their 401(k) retirement savings to Bitcoin, as cryptocurrencies crack even deeper into the mainstream. Retirement…

Head to head: What’s the best type of default fund for a DC plan?

As the default funds in defined contribution plans evolve, two experts weigh in on the merits of more customized options. Olivia S. Mitchell, professor and…


Dealing with a workplace pension can be first big investing decision for young people

In the fall of 2021, 39-year-old Krista Lehman quit her job as a program assistant at a Vancouver post-secondary institution to take a mental-health break…

Survey finds 62% of U.S. DB plan sponsors seeking to exit their plans

Almost two-thirds (62 per cent) of U.S. defined benefit plan sponsors are seeking to exit their plans, while 33 per cent are looking to achieve…

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  • March 11, 2022 March 11, 2022
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Survey finds 75% of U.S. DC plan sponsors reviewed investment fees in 2021

Three-quarters (75 per cent) of defined contribution plan sponsors cite reviewing fees as the most important step they took to improve their fiduciary position in…

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  • March 7, 2022 March 7, 2022
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