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Understanding liquid private equity investment strategies

It’s likely that investors seeking the potential higher returns and the lower downside risks of private equity in their diversified portfolios already know that, historically,…

First quarter performance flat for Canada’s DB pension plans: report

Canada’s defined benefit pension plans experienced flat performance in the first quarter of 2020, with the median plan’s returns declining by 0.2 per cent in…

AIMCo posting 2.5% total fund return for 2020

The Alberta Investment Management Corp. is reporting a total fund return of 2.5 per cent net of all fees for 2020, approximately 5.4 per cent…

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  • April 22, 2021 April 22, 2021
  • 09:00

The pros and cons of opting for a 60/40 balanced portfolio strategy

While the typical balanced fund is becoming a rarity among pension plans, a segment of plan sponsors continue to utilize these funds — albeit with…

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Institutional investors eyeing increasing interest rates, looming inflation: webinar

As interest rates return to pre-pandemic levels, fixed income is returning to its role as an equities hedge, according to a webinar on Wednesday hosted…

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Canadian DB pension plans see improved funded positions in Q1: reports

Canada’s defined benefit pension plans’ funded positions continue to improve in 2021, ending the first quarter at their highest levels in more than 20 years, according to…

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  • April 6, 2021 April 6, 2021
  • 09:00
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Ontario Teachers’ reporting 8.6% net return for 2020

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is reporting a total-fund net return of 8.6 per cent for 2020, a year which has generated mixed financial results…

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  • April 1, 2021 April 1, 2021
  • 09:00
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One year later: The AIMCo, CAAT and OPTrust on lessons learned during the pandemic

Despite adjustments to operations and investments during the coronavirus pandemic, Canada’s major pension plan leaders are maintaining a long-term view by looking ahead to a…

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Institutional investors see vaccinations, stimulus paving way to economic recovery

Coronavirus vaccinations and the US$1.9-trillion fiscal stimulus package are paving the way for the U.S. economy to recover as the world enters the second year…

Pension plans’ 2020 financial results impacted by coronavirus pandemic

Canada’s largest pension plans are reporting mixed financial results from a year marked by the coronavirus pandemic. The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec…

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  • March 4, 2021 April 25, 2021
  • 09:00
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Canadian employer pension plans’ asset value rebounds to $2.12 trillion: report

The market value of assets held by Canadian employer pension plans increased to $2.12 trillion in the third quarter of 2020, according to a new report…

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  • February 25, 2021 February 25, 2021
  • 10:00

Pension plans navigating bumpy road to recovery

Promising vaccine and coronavirus treatment news, coupled with the inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden, has given markets a glimmer of certainty and optimism this…

Pension funds increasing in-house asset management: survey

Pension funds increasing in-house asset management: survey

Canada’s pension funds are shifting asset management functions in-house while becoming more strategic about oversight of external managers, according to a new survey from CIBC…

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  • February 10, 2021 March 26, 2021
  • 15:00
Ontario Teachers’ sells mall shares amid GameStop rally, invests in low-carbon company

Ontario Teachers’ sells mall shares amid GameStop rally, invests in low-carbon company

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is cashing in on the recent GameStop Corp. stock rally, after selling its shares in a U.S.-based retail real-estate company…

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  • February 5, 2021 March 26, 2021
  • 15:00

Caisse investing further in sustainable transportation, Ontario Teachers’ in cybersecurity, IT management

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is continuing its investment partnership with MacKinnon, Bennett & Company Inc. in the form of a new…

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  • February 3, 2021 March 26, 2021
  • 09:40
Plan sponsors, pension plans taking lessons from 2020 to decade ahead

Plan sponsors, pension plans taking lessons from 2020 to decade ahead

Following an unprecedented 2020, Canada’s plan sponsors and pension plans are incorporating the lessons of the last year as they prepare for a new decade,…

New York City pension funds divesting $4B from fossil fuels

New York City pension funds divesting $4BN from fossil fuels

Two pension funds for New York City workers are pulling an estimated US$4 billion in investments from fossil-fuel companies in order to promote clean-energy use.…

Canada’s DB pension plans post 5% return in Q4, close 2020 with 10% gain

Canada’s DB pension plans post 5% return in Q4, close 2020 with 10% gain

Canada’s defined benefit pension plans posted a median return of five per cent during the fourth quarter of 2020 and closed a volatile year with…

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  • January 27, 2021 April 14, 2021
  • 09:00
Psychedelic-therapeutic solutions ETF launching

Psychedelic-therapeutic solutions ETF launching

Horizons ETFs Management Canada Inc. is launching what it says is the world’s first exchange-traded fund focused on North American life science and pharmaceutical companies developing…

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  • January 26, 2021 April 14, 2021
  • 09:00
Biden will bring market stability as sun sets on Trump era: investors

Biden will bring market stability as sun sets on Trump era: investors

With President-elect Joe Biden officially becoming the 46th U.S. president today, institutional investors are preparing for a return to traditional governance and increased market stability.…

Canadian DB pension plans entering 2021 in good financial shape

Canadian DB pension plans entering 2021 in good financial shape

The aggregate funded ratio for Canadian pension plans in the S&P/TSX composite index increased from 90.8 per cent to 91.2 per cent during the past…

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  • January 6, 2021 April 14, 2021
  • 15:00
Canada Life absorbing TD Bank Future Builders’ RSP program plan members

Canada Life absorbing TD Bank Future Builders’ RSP program plan members

The Canada Life Assurance Co. is absorbing the Toronto-Dominion Bank’s TD Future Builders retirement savings plan program members as of March 19. “We believe Canada Life…

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  • January 6, 2021 April 14, 2021
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Canadian DB plans bouncing back after stock rally: report

Canadian DB plans bouncing back after stock rally: report

A rally on the stock market in the fourth quarter helped boost the strength of Canadian defined benefit pension plans to end 2020, according to…

Ontario Teachers’ appointing two senior managing directors

Ontario Teachers’ appointing two senior managing directors

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is appointing Nick Jansa as senior managing director for its Europe, Middle East and Africa markets. Jansa will be based…

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  • January 4, 2021 April 14, 2021
  • 15:00
Institutional investors facing brighter 2021 but challenges remain

Institutional investors facing brighter 2021 but challenges remain

While institutional investors are facing an “unquestionably brighter” economic outlook in 2021, challenges such as fluctuations in the U.S. and Canadian dollars still lie ahead,…