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Employee share purchase plans weathering the pandemic despite market dips

Pension plans’ 2020 financial results impacted by the 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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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…

  • By: Staff
  • February 25, 2021 February 25, 2021
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BCI setting climate-related investment targets for 2025

The British Columbia Investment Management Corp. is committing to five-year climate-related targets for its public markets program. The pension fund is targeting a cumulative $5-billion…

  • By: Staff
  • February 24, 2021 February 25, 2021
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IMCO appointing chief strategist, CPPIB adds European senior advisor

The Investment Management Corp. of Ontario is appointing Nick Chamie as chief strategist to lead the organization’s asset allocation, currency management and fixed income strategies…

  • December 10, 2020 February 9, 2021
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CIA selects FTSE Russell to represent Canada bond market for commuted-value calculations

The Canadian Institute of Actuaries has selected FTSE Russell to represent the provincial and investment-grade corporate bond spread to be used for the CIA’s new…

  • By: Staff
  • September 21, 2020 December 6, 2020
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How do sovereign bonds differ when it comes to ESG?

Environmental, social and governance factors are highly relevant to fixed income investment outcomes, but integration is complicated by the variety of issuers within the asset…

Considerations for integrating ESG into fixed income

Environmental, social and governance factors are highly relevant to fixed income investment outcomes, but integration is complicated by the variety of issuers within the asset…

  • By: Kelsey Rolfe
  • September 16, 2020 November 17, 2020
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Is it time for bond owners to shift how they view deficits and debt?

While rising government deficits and debt are concerning for many bond owners, they should actually be more concerned that deficits aren’t big enough, said David…

  • By: Yaelle Gang
  • September 4, 2020 December 5, 2020
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How resilient were bond funds in the face of coronavirus?

Market turmoil caused by the coronavirus served as a real-life test for bond funds and their liquidity, according to a new paper from the Bank…

  • By: Staff
  • August 19, 2020 December 6, 2020
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The green shoots of Canada’s green bond market

Canada’s green bond market has been growing, but investors would benefit from digging a little deeper to ensure what they’re buying is in fact green…

2020 Consultants Report: Pandemic will fundamentally change benefits, pension plans

The coronavirus pandemic is fundamentally changing the future of work and, very likely, the nature of employer-sponsored benefits and pension plans. Looking to the end…

What does an increase in long-term government debt issuance mean for pension plans?

As part of the federal government’s debt management strategy, it’s increasing long-term debt issuance. In particular, the government will be increasing issuance of the 10-year…

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BCI’s QuadReal launches green bond framework

QuadReal Property Group, the real estate investment arm of the British Columbia Investment Management Corp., is launching a green bond framework. The framework is for…

  • By: Staff
  • July 20, 2020 December 6, 2020
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Should institutional investors be concerned over surge in U.S. corporate bond supply?

The increase in U.S. corporate debt issued in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak could be a warning signal to credit investors, according to a…

  • By: Staff
  • July 3, 2020 December 6, 2020
  • 08:56

Bank of Canada launches corporate bond purchase program

Last week marked the beginning of an unprecedented one-year program through which the Bank of Canada is purchasing corporate bonds. The program, originally announced on…

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OPTrust highlights green bonds, sustainable investment team in responsible investing report

The OPSEU Pension Trust has released a responsible investing report, highlighting a number of sustainability initiatives it has undertaken in the past year. In 2019,…

  • By: Staff
  • May 13, 2020 December 6, 2020
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A 20-year treasury bond: Part of $2.99 trillion borrowing

The U.S. Treasury Department is detailing how it plans to borrow a record-breaking $2.99 trillion in debt this quarter, which will include issuing a 20-year…

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Managing fixed income liquidity issues caused by the coronavirus crash

When the coronavirus prompted a collapse in both economic activity and equity markets in March, it put an end to the longest bull market in…

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Getting the most from a corporate bond portfolio

Canadian pension plans have increased their demand for long corporate bonds, but high demand and low yields combined with a relatively small marketplace in Canada…

  • By: Yaelle Gang
  • March 20, 2020 December 13, 2020
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BBB-rated corporate bonds representing larger part of Canadian market

BBB-rated corporate bonds are becoming a bigger part of the Canadian market, according to an analysis by FTSE Russell. In particular, at the end of…

  • By: Yaelle Gang
  • February 26, 2020 December 13, 2020
  • 06:37
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Green, social and sustainability bond issuance expected to spike in 2020: report

Green, social and sustainability bond issuance is set to jump by 24 per cent in 2020, according to new data from Moody’s Investor Service Inc.…

  • By: Staff
  • February 5, 2020 December 13, 2020
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Siri? Alexa? For fixed income investments, ask Abbie

Around the world, people are streamlining their everyday tasks by asking Siri or Alexa for help. And now, the chatbot concept is becoming useful in…

  • By: Yaelle Gang
  • January 30, 2020 December 13, 2020
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FTSE Russell expands climate risk-adjusted government bond index series

Index-provider FTSE Russell is launching the first government bond index of countries in the economic and monetary union of the European Union that adjusts country…

  • By: Staff
  • January 28, 2020 December 13, 2020
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IMF: Low rates and reduced trade tension to aid world growth

Low interest rates and reduced trade tensions will likely buoy the global economy over the next two years and help nurture steady if modest growth.…

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Watchdog warns of dangers in riskier corner of debt market

In a low-rate world where income is increasingly tough to find, more and more investors are getting into the riskier corners of lending to companies.…