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Higher long-term bond yields lowering annuity purchase costs for DB pension plan sponsors: expert

Higher long-term bond yields driven by rising interest rates are lowering the cost of annuity purchases for defined benefit pension plans, says Mary Kate Archibald,…

Trusteed pension funds’ assets valued at $2.27TN in Q4: Stats Can

The market value of assets held by Canadian trusteed pension funds increased 4.2 per cent to $2.27 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2021, up from…

  • By: Staff
  • June 21, 2022 June 21, 2022
  • 09:00

Average solvency position of Canadian DB pension plans improved in May: report

The average Canadian defined benefit pension plan saw improvements in its solvency position in May, according to LifeWorks Inc.’s latest monthly report. An investment portfolio…

  • By: Staff
  • June 14, 2022 June 14, 2022
  • 12:30
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CPPIB ends fiscal year with 6.8% return, despite final quarter contractions

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board generated returns of 6.8 per cent during its fiscal year, which ended on March 31, 2022. The institutional investor’s assets…

  • By: Staff
  • May 19, 2022 May 19, 2022
  • 12:30

2022 Top 40 Money Managers Report: Geopolitics roaring back into focus for institutional investors

While politics plays a role in most investment decisions, it tends to arise on a fairly localized basis, says Michael Craig, head of the asset…


Diversified pooled funds dip 4.1% in Q1: report

Diversified pooled fund managers saw median losses of 4.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2022, according to LifeWorks Inc.’s performance universe. While Canadian…

  • By: Staff
  • May 12, 2022 May 12, 2022
  • 12:30

Canadian institutional investors’ losses reach 4.61% in Q1: report

Canada’s institutional investors saw assets decline by 4.61 per cent in the first quarter of 2022, according to the BNY Mellon Canadian master trust universe. With…

  • By: Staff
  • May 10, 2022 May 10, 2022
  • 13:10

A look at the pandemic’s impact on pension plans in Canada’s travel, transportation sectors

The economic impact of the pandemic has been unevenly distributed across various industries, with travel and transportation among the hardest-hit sectors. However, while travel restrictions…


Canadian DB plans’ average solvency ratio increases to 108% in Q1: report

The average solvency ratio of Canadian defined benefit pension plans in Mercer’s database increased five percentage points in the first quarter of 2022, according to…

  • By: Staff
  • April 5, 2022 April 4, 2022
  • 09:00

Top 5 HR, pension and benefits stories of the week

With today marking the second anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic, it isn’t surprising that a pair of articles on the pandemic’s lasting impact were among…

  • By: Staff
  • March 11, 2022 March 11, 2022
  • 09:00
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OPTrust posts 15.3% net return, driven by private equity investments

The OPSEU Pension Trust is reporting a net investment return of 15.3 per cent for 2021, a result driven by strong private equity performance. In…

  • By: Staff
  • March 9, 2022 March 11, 2022
  • 09:30

Top 5 HR, pension and benefits stories of the week

An article on British Columbia’s paramedics and their need for enhanced mental-health benefits was the most read story over the past week on BenefitsCanada.com. Here…

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

BCI invests in corporate services, Caisse sells IT shares, PSP acquires construction project

The British Columbia Investment Management Corp. is investing in a global corporate services provider. Through the agreement, which was reached with majority investor Corsair Capital,…

  • By: Staff
  • March 3, 2022 March 3, 2022
  • 09:00
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Ontario’s DB pension plans should take steps to maintain strong funded status: FSRA

With Ontario’s defined benefit pension plans in their best financial shape since 2009, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario is advising plan sponsors and…

How are pension plan sponsors approaching investments in 2022?

Nearly two years after the declaration of the global coronavirus pandemic and its subsequent impact on the worldwide economy, institutional investors are looking to the…


Percentage of institutional investors’ actively managed assets dips: study

The percentage of institutional investor assets that are actively managed has dipped by eight per cent since 2019, according to a new study by institutional…

  • By: Staff
  • January 25, 2022 January 25, 2022
  • 10:30

Top 5 HR, pension and benefits stories of the week

A story on the federal government’s economic and fiscal update took the top spot over the past week on BenefitsCanada.com. Here are the five most popular news…

  • By: Staff
  • December 17, 2021 December 16, 2021
  • 09:05

AIMCo sees quarterly returns of 1.7 per cent, CPPIB up 3.8 per cent

The Alberta Investment Management Corp. saw returns of 1.7 per cent during the third quarter of 2021, according to its quarterly report. Between July and…

  • By: Staff
  • November 23, 2021 November 24, 2021
  • 09:00

CPPIB refinances packaging company, invests in reinsurance provider alongside OMERS; AIMCo invests in Asian PE fund

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is recapitalizing an expanding packaging business. The institutional investor has signed an agreement with the U.S.-based Berlin Packaging, a…

  • By: Staff
  • November 23, 2021 November 22, 2021
  • 09:00

Top 2021 Money Managers Report: What questions should pension plan sponsors ask in 2022?

In the early days of 2020, no one could have foreseen the social and economic havoc the coronavirus pandemic would wreak on the world. Nearly…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • November 19, 2021 November 19, 2021
  • 08:53

Sounding Board: How institutional investors can manage the physical risks of climate change

With recent deadly heat waves and wild fires ravaging Canada’s west coast and large-scale flooding in the east, who can ignore the growing risk of…

Domestic equity returns bolstering Canadian DB pension plan solvency: report

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

  • By: Staff
  • November 9, 2021 November 9, 2021
  • 10:00

Coverage of the 2021 Global Investment Conference

Eighteen months after the onset of the coronavirus crisis, the 2021 Global Investment Conference looked at how the uncertain global future will impact pension portfolios.…

2021 GIC coverage: A look at China’s expanding opportunity set for institutional investors

For all its dangers, there’s still considerable opportunity to be found in the Chinese investment space. At the 2021 Global Investment Conference, Anh Lu, portfolio…

2021 GIC coverage: How institutional investors’ losses in stock market crashes can fuel growth

As much as institutional investors fear stock market bubbles, they have an important role to play. The flooding of capital into new technologies and innovations…