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Institutional investors considering geopolitical risk, inflation, in portfolio construction

In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, institutional investors are increasingly factoring geopolitical risks into portfolio construction, according to John Bai, senior vice-president and…

Top 5 HR, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week

An article on how British Columbia’s amended definition of provision for adverse deviation will impact the province’s target-benefit pension plans was the most-read story on…

  • By: Staff
  • January 27, 2023 January 26, 2023
  • 09:00
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PIAC urging federal government to reconsider cessation of real return bonds, citing DB pension impacts

The Pension Investment Association of Canada is urging the federal government to reconsider the cessation of real return bond issuances, citing potential financial impacts to…

  • By: Staff
  • January 23, 2023 January 20, 2023
  • 09:00

Withdrawal of real return bonds could financially impact DB pension plans: CIA

The Canadian Institute of Actuaries is urging the federal government to reconsider its cessation of real return bond issuances, citing the potential financial impacts to…

Coverage of the 2022 Investment Innovation Conference

During history’s turning points, fortune favours the innovators. As the world moves beyond the coronavirus pandemic and the global workforce entrenches the improved labour conditions…

2022 IIC coverage: Navigating the complexities of ESG in fixed income

Climate change presents an ongoing challenge to institutional investors’ allocations to domestic corporate bond, according to Soami Kohly, fixed income portfolio manager at MFS Investment…

2022 IIC coverage: Using thematic strategies to derive more value from private markets

Institutional investors should be adopting innovative thematic approaches to derive more value from private markets, according to Nelson Lam, senior vice-president of equity and alternative…

2022 IIC conference coverage: Four major misconceptions about fixed income impact investing

Four major misconceptions about fixed income impact investing have taken root in the minds of many institutional investors, according to Matt Lawton, fixed income portfolio…

2022 IIC coverage: Diversifying fixed income portfolios with alternatives

“What we’ve observed year to date is nothing short of historic in nature,” said Steve Guignard, senior director of client solutions at Sun Life Capital…

2022 IIC coverage: The role of innovation in high-yield corporate bonds

“There’s been some tremendous innovation in fixed income markets, especially in the last decade. Technology has made transparency and liquidity blossom in areas that have…

2022 IIC coverage: Investing in a time of quantitative tightening

“I’m starting to become a glass half full person. . . . I think that at least one of the two anchors of the 60/40…

2022 IIC coverage: A Canadian view of the Arizona State Retirement System

Few people have as clear a perspective on the differences between public sector defined benefit pension plans in Canada and the U.S. as Paul Matson.…

Report finds Canadian DB pension plan assets declined 3.1% in December

The average Canadian defined benefit pension plan lost ground on a solvency and accountancy basis in December, according to LifeWorks Inc.’s latest monthly report. At…

  • By: Staff
  • January 12, 2023 January 12, 2023
  • 12:30

U.S. corporate DB pension plans’ funded status reached 95% in 2022: report

The aggregate funded status of the largest U.S. corporate defined benefit pension plans ended 2022 at 95 per cent, unchanged from the beginning of the…

  • By: Staff
  • January 10, 2023 January 9, 2023
  • 09:00

DB plan sponsors urged to reconsider asset allocations amid interest rate uncertainty: expert

The uncertainty about the direction interest rates will move in 2023 means defined benefit pension plan sponsors should be reconsidering their asset allocation strategies, says…

Canadian DB pension plan solvency up in 2022 while assets lost 15.6%: report

The aggregate funded ratio for Canadian defined benefit pension plans increased from 96.9 per cent to 100.8 per cent during 2022, according to Aon’s latest…

  • By: Staff
  • January 5, 2023 January 4, 2023
  • 09:00
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Expert panel: DB pension plan sponsors facing challenges, opportunities in 2023

Similar to 2022, the coming year will present both challenges and opportunities for defined benefit pension plan sponsors, with the rewards going to plan sponsors…

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Use of custom TDFs increasing among U.S. DC pension plans: report

U.S. defined contribution pension plan sponsors are increasingly offering custom target-date funds, according to a new report by the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association. The…

  • By: Staff
  • January 3, 2023 January 3, 2023
  • 09:00
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AIMCo receives perfect grade for ESG performance in real estate

The Alberta Investment Management Corp. has received a top grade in a survey of the environmental, social and governance integration and performance of signatories of…

  • By: Staff
  • December 22, 2022 December 22, 2022
  • 09:00
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Expert panel: Does Canada need a pension champion?

In the Expert Commission on Pensions’ 2008 review of Ontario’s pension system, it recommended an agency or unit of the provincial government serve as a…

Trusteed pension funds’ assets valued at $2.1T in Q2: Stats Can

The market value of assets held by Canadian trusteed pension funds decreased 5.4 per cent to $2.1 trillion in the second quarter of 2022, down…

  • By: Staff
  • December 20, 2022 December 19, 2022
  • 09:00

Coverage of the 2022 Defined Benefit Investment Forum

If there was one message for defined benefit pension plan sponsor delegates at the 2022 Defined Benefit Investment Forum, it was that the fate of…

  • By: Staff
  • December 19, 2022 December 16, 2022
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2022 DBIF coverage: 2023 market insights and DB plan portfolio positioning

Consensus expectations for U.S. inflation and interest rates in 2023 are overly optimistic, said Robert Forsyth, head of SPDR exchange-traded funds strategy and research at…

How Möbius Benefit Administrators is asserting pension independence the prairie way

In 2014, Colyn Lowenberger, then the director of pension and disability administration at the City of Regina, heard a knock at his office door —…

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AIMCo appointing Marlene Puffer as CIO, HOOPP naming Mark Cormier as managing director

The Alberta Investment Management Corp. is appointing Marlene Puffer as chief investment officer, effective Jan. 30, 2023. In the role, she’ll serve as head of…

  • By: Staff
  • December 14, 2022 December 14, 2022
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