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Canadian equities buoy DB pension’s Q2 returns: report

Canadian defined benefit pension plans returned 4.4 per cent in the second quarter of 2021, according to RBC Investor & Treasury Services’ latest all-plan universe.…

BCI returns 16.5% and increases AUM in fiscal 2021: annual report

The British Columbia Investment Management Corp. returned 16.5 per cent for its combined pension plan clients and increased its assets under management from $171.3 billion…

  • By: Staff
  • July 27, 2021 July 26, 2021
  • 12:00

DB pension interest in fixed income grew in 2020, finds PIAC asset mix report

Members of the Pension Investment Association of Canada saw their managed assets grow by 7.4 per cent in 2020, according to a new report. In…

  • By: Staff
  • July 15, 2021 July 15, 2021
  • 09:00

Canadian DB pensions’ funding positions improve in June as bond returns level off: report

The funded position for an average Canadian defined benefit pension plan improved slightly on both a solvency and accounting basis in June, according to a new…

  • By: Staff
  • July 9, 2021 July 9, 2021
  • 15:00

Canadian DB pensions see improved funded position, investment returns: reports

The aggregate funded ratio for Canadian defined benefit pension plans in the S&P/TSX composite index increased from 94.8 per cent in the first quarter of…

  • By: Staff
  • July 5, 2021 July 2, 2021
  • 09:00

How Canada’s pension funds are maximizing fixed income in a low interest rate environment

With bond returns tied to interest rates, it’s no surprise Canadian pension funds are increasingly seeking other ways to boost fixed income yields. Canadian interest…

AIMCo beats fixed income benchmarks with innovation, flexibility

It isn’t an easy time to be a fixed income investor. After a volatile year that included a severe liquidity squeeze in the spring of…

Back to basics on insurance-linked securities

As institutional investors seek portfolio diversification and the insurance industry seeks additional capacity amid global growth, investment strategies incorporating insurance-linked securities are providing a solution…

Value of assets in trusteed pension funds rises 6.6% in 2020 to $2.22 trillion: StatsCan

The value of assets held by Canadian trusteed pension funds increased to $2.2 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to new data from…

  • By: Staff
  • June 28, 2021 June 28, 2021
  • 09:00
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PSP reporting 18.4% net return for fiscal 2021

The Public Sector Pension Investment Board is reporting a net return of 18.4 per cent in fiscal 2021. As of March 31, 2021, the PSP…

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  • June 22, 2021 June 21, 2021
  • 09:00
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Decline in bond yields signals market observers to be on ‘inflation watch’: report

The funded position for an average Canadian defined benefit pension plan improved slightly during May, with a solvency of 108.2 per cent, according to a…

  • By: Staff
  • June 10, 2021 June 10, 2021
  • 12:30
Canadian ESG-related investment assets surge to $3.2 trillion: report

BCI’s 2020 ESG report highlights sustainable bonds, investment guidelines

The British Columbia Investment Management Corp. is becoming “more intentional about” its ongoing environmental, social and governance efforts in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, says…

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New longevity pension fund offers decumulation option for plan sponsors

Purpose Investments Inc. is introducing a new longevity pension fund, which invests 50 per cent in equities and 50 per cent in fixed income. It…

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Caisse investing in wireless communications, BCI in Chile timber

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is one of two organizations investing a total US$940 million in Phoenix Tower International, a U.S.-based wireless…

  • By: Staff
  • May 21, 2021 May 20, 2021
  • 09:00

Head to head: Should plan sponsors buy annuities via insurers or go DIY?

Two experts weigh in on the merits and drawbacks of taking the traditional annuities route versus opting for the newer do-it-yourself option. Marco Dickner, retirement…

Provident10 paints new path on ‘blank canvas’ following pension reform

A defined benefit pension plan leader rarely gets to work with a “blank canvas,” but Chuck Bruce has taken that unique opportunity and drawn a…

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…

  • By: Staff
  • 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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Upward pressure increasing on Canadian bond real yields: report

Inflation break-evens at multi-year highs and higher nominal yields are putting some upward pressure on real yields in Canada, according to a new report by…

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  • April 13, 2021 April 13, 2021
  • 12:00
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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…

  • By: Staff
  • March 4, 2021 April 25, 2021
  • 09:00