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Bitcoin ETFs begin trading in North America

North America’s first Bitcoin exchange-traded funds began trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange recently. The Purpose Bitcoin ETF, developed by Toronto-based Purpose Investments, was approved…

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Caisse reinvesting in emerging asset managers program

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is reinvesting $25 million in the Quebec Emerging Managers Program. The investment is part of a $110-million…

  • By: Staff
  • February 19, 2021 February 19, 2021
  • 09:00
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University pension plans engaging investees on climate change risks

A coalition of Canadian university endowments and pension plans are launching a new initiative to engage investee corporations on climate change risks. The initiative will…

  • By: Staff
  • February 19, 2021 February 19, 2021
  • 09:00

Investors expect gold prices to remain bullish: survey

Four in five investors expect the price of gold to rise in 2021, while two out of five expect it to gain at least five…

  • By: Staff
  • February 18, 2021 February 18, 2021
  • 09:00

Pension plans are navigating the 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…

Lessons from the Desjardins Group pension plan on pivoting after economic turmoil

The Desjardins Group pension plan faced a reckoning following the 2008/09 financial crisis: its assets were down 40 per cent and it was watching other…

Back to basics on cryptocurrency

The term cryptocurrency may evoke a number of different images, from lightning-fast computers fuelling get-rich-quick schemes to shady rooms where hackers plot multi-million dollar digital…

BCI adopting more stringent ESG expectations

BCI adopting more stringent ESG expectations

The British Columbia Investment Management Corp. is raising its environmental, social and governance-related expectations for the publicly-traded companies it invests in. Under its new proxy-voting…

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…

  • By: Staff
  • February 10, 2021 February 16, 2021
  • 15:00
Scotiabank renewing lease in AIMCo-, KingSett Capital-owned building

Scotiabank renewing lease in AIMCo-, KingSett Capital-owned building

Scotiabank is renewing its lease for up to 1.1 million square feet of space in two buildings, including the iconic Scotia Plaza, located in the…

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…

  • By: Staff
  • February 5, 2021 February 16, 2021
  • 15:00
Caisse investing further in green transportation, Ontario Teachers’ in cybersecurity

Caisse investing further in green transportation, Ontario Teachers’ in cybersecurity

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

  • By: Staff
  • February 2, 2021 February 2, 2021
  • 15:00
Canada’s DB pension plans post 9.2% return in 2020

Canada’s DB pension plans post 9.2% return in 2020

Despite market uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic and a turbulent U.S. presidential election cycle, Canadian defined benefit pension plans ended the year with near…

  • By: Staff
  • February 1, 2021 February 1, 2021
  • 15:00

CPPIB appointing John Graham as CEO following resignation of Mark Machin

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is appointing John Graham (pictured) as its new chief executive officer, following the resignation of Mark Machin. Graham was…

Mercer Canada report says rally in stocks helped strengthen pension plans to end year

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

Ontario Teachers’ Jennifer Newman elected to IIROC board

Several members were either elected or re-elected to the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada’s board of directors last week. Among the newly elected members…

  • By: Staff
  • September 28, 2020 December 6, 2020
  • 10:54

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…

  • By: Staff
  • January 6, 2021 January 31, 2021
  • 12:21

A look at the investment variables of variable benefits

Since retirees and active plan members are fundamentally different, should their investment options reflect that distinction? That’s the question confronting defined contribution plan sponsors as…

Plan Sponsor Week: How DC pension investments handled the pandemic crash

Defined contribution plan members are contending with volatile equity markets, ultra-low interest rates and the threat of inflation as the country’s economy begins its tentative…

CPPIB appoints first chief investment officer

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is appointing Edwin Cass as its first-ever chief investment officer. In the new role, he’ll be responsible for total…

  • December 10, 2020 January 22, 2021
  • 18:48

IPOs head for banner year on stock market’s strength

Companies that cater to the “new normal” of working and shopping from home are rushing to go public. 2020 could turn out to be the…

Where did institutional equity investors turn in coronavirus crash?

During the coronavirus market crash, U.S. stocks with higher institutional ownership experienced worse performance, especially those held by active, short-term and domestic institutions, according to…

  • By: Staff
  • August 17, 2020 December 6, 2020
  • 08:40

Funding status down, alternative investments up among DB pension plans: survey

The funding status and confidence of Canadian defined benefit pension plans declined in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic and a low interest-rate environment, according to…

  • By: Staff
  • March 5, 2021 March 5, 2021
  • 09:00

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…

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

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
  • 10:00

HOOPP focusing on DEI, stopping anti-Black racism

The Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan is making diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives a top priority, including a commitment to combat anti-Black systemic racism. Elena…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • February 26, 2021 February 26, 2021
  • 09:00

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
  • 15:00

Canada’s institutional investors focusing on social factors in 2021

While all environmental, social and governance factors are increasingly important to Canada’s institutional investors, it’s the social aspect that’s been a key driver of investment…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • February 22, 2021 February 22, 2021
  • 09:00

It’s time to revolutionize how investment firms are paid

Investment management is an unusual business in that it doesn’t typically offer customers their money back if they’re unsatisfied with the product or service. This…

Will the environment be back on institutional investor agendas in 2021?

For institutional investors keen to maintain environmental, social and governance commitments made in recent years, there’s a steep climb ahead. The Paris Agreement — and…

  • By: Staff
  • January 6, 2021 January 31, 2021
  • 10:03

EMPEA appointing CPPIB’s Suyi Kim to board of directors

The Emerging Markets Private Equity Association is appointing Suyi Kim, head of Asia Pacific at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, to its board of…

  • December 10, 2020 January 22, 2021
  • 19:05

IIROC nominates three candidates for independent director positions

The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada is nominating three candidates for upcoming independent director positions on its board. The nominees — Malcolm Heins, Jennifer Newman and Laura…

  • December 10, 2020 January 23, 2021
  • 19:14

Blake Hutcheson succeeds Michael Latimer as OMERS’ CEO

As reported in December 2019, Blake Hutcheson has succeeded Michael Latimer as the new chief executive officer of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, effective June…

  • December 10, 2020 January 23, 2021
  • 19:13

Charles Emond, Jean Raby to co-chair Investor Leadership Network’s CEO council

The Investor Leadership Network is appointing Charles Emond, president and chief executive officer of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and Jean Raby, CEO of Natixis…

  • December 10, 2020 January 22, 2021
  • 19:10

Ontario Teachers’ investing in Finland utility, Caisse in Brazil telecommunications

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is acquiring a 40 per cent stake in Caruna, Finland’s largest electricity supplier. The pension will acquire a 20 per cent…

  • By: Staff
  • March 4, 2021 March 4, 2021
  • 18:59

The Caisse posts 7.7 per cent return in 2020 as real estate underperforms

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec posted a return of 7.7 per cent in 2020, below its benchmark index of 9.2 per cent as…

OTPP investing in packaging manufacturer, Caisse in flight-training company

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is acquiring The Carlyle Group’s majority stake in Logoplaste, a Portugal-based rigid plastic packaging designer and manufacturer of items. Logoplaste’s…

  • By: Staff
  • March 2, 2021 March 3, 2021
  • 09:00