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After ebullient 2019, Wall Street warns of slower road ahead

After a year of nirvana, investors may need to get ready for something a little more normal. Markets are coming off a fabulous 2019, where…

  • January 2, 2020 December 13, 2020
  • 09:08

The WeWork Saga: What can institutional investors learn?

The WeWork saga has been ever-present in financial headlines in recent months. The brief version of the story can be summarized in a few steps:…


Is value investing dead? And what does this have to do with low or negative interest rates?

Two questions seem to occupy pundits and popular media these days. One is why interest rates are negative and what this means. The other is…


Connecticut treasurer overseeing $37b in public pension funds aims to divest gun stock

Connecticut state Treasurer Shawn Wooden, who oversees $37 billion in public pension funds, will announce Tuesday plans to reallocate $30 million worth of shares in…


Digging into equities in developed Asia and the Pacific

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe’s economic policies, known as ‘Abenomics,’ have led to big improvements in corporate governance in the country, says Iain Campbell, a…

  • By: Yaelle Gang
  • November 14, 2019 December 13, 2020
  • 10:27

Are liquid alternative ETFs the next frontier for institutional investors?

New research from Greenwich Associates has found that institutional players have allocated US$47 billion to liquid alternative exchange traded funds, comprising a fair chunk of…

  • By: Staff
  • November 7, 2019 December 13, 2020
  • 09:58

Capturing the equity price action caused by index rebalancing

Passive investing is immensely popular, with assets in passive funds having cleared US$13 trillion, globally. But can active investors take advantage of the new landscape…


The role of dividend strategies in equity investing

Investors seeking regular income are limited because traditional sources aren’t producing the results they used, says Dave Makarchuk, partner and Western Canada wealth business leader…

Capturing lithium’s investment return potential as the electric car gains ground

Rising with the growth of smartphones, lithium has been a hot material in the investment world for a few years. And many in the institutional…


Markets waiting for clarity on macro uncertainty

While there are signals that the global economy is slowing down, it doesn’t appear to be quite at recession levels. “That has major investment implications,”…

  • By: Staff
  • July 25, 2019 January 9, 2021
  • 09:01

How to gain EM exposure through developed market stocks

Direct exposure to emerging market equities may not be the best way to capture the growth potential of those economies. Instead, investors looking for the…

  • By: Staff
  • July 12, 2019 January 9, 2021
  • 09:16

A look at a Canadian momentum strategy

With no actively managed pure Canadian momentum strategies available in Canada according to research by Hillsdale Investment Management Inc., it decided to fill the market…


Populism, politics and tech continue to disrupt markets

Looking back at the first half of 2019, bond and equity markets seem to be telling opposing stories, according to T.Rowe Price’s mid-year market outlook.…

  • By: Staff
  • July 2, 2019 January 9, 2021
  • 07:48

Market value of trusteed pension assets declined in Q4 2018: StatsCan

The market value of Canadian trusteed pension fund assets decreased by 1.3 per cent in Q4 2018 compared to the previous quarter, landing at $1.87…

  • By: Staff
  • June 7, 2019 January 9, 2021
  • 08:30

What’s dominating CIO conversations with asset owners?

With a challenging backdrop to the current investment landscape, certain topics are continually resurfacing when chief investment officers speak with asset owners. The conversation is dominated…

  • By: Staff
  • June 4, 2019 January 9, 2021
  • 09:00
Are tensions between China and the U.S at trade war level yet?

Are tensions between China and the U.S at trade war level yet?

Last spring, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that trade wars are easy to win. Last Friday, however, he tweeted the U.S. and China have really…

Is alternative data about to hit mainstream investing?

Though data has been a buzzword in the investment world for years, new and unique types of data have the potential to add value to both quantitative…

  • By: Staff
  • May 24, 2019 January 10, 2021
  • 09:15
Many perspectives required when covering cancer drugs on benefits plans

CPPIB invests in cancer drug royalties, food manufacturing

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is acquiring a US$1.3 billion stake in LifeArc’s royalty interests on worldwide sales of immunotherapy drug Keytruda through its European…

  • By: Staff
  • May 21, 2019 January 10, 2021
  • 10:00

Fiera to acquire Foresters’ asset management business

Fiera Capital Corp. is acquiring Foresters Life Insurance Co.’s asset management business in an effort to beef up its offering for institutional clients, according to…

  • By: Staff
  • May 17, 2019 January 10, 2021
  • 09:45

Institutional investors support anti-extremism effort in wake of Christchurch attack

A group of 55 New Zealand and global institutional investors representing more than NZ$5 trillion in assets under management have added their support to the…

  • By: Staff
  • May 17, 2019 January 10, 2021
  • 08:45

CPP fund reaches $392 billion at 2019 fiscal year-end

The Canada Pension Plan fund ended its fiscal year on March 31, 2019, with net assets of $392 billion, compared to $356.1 billion at the…

  • By: Staff
  • May 16, 2019 January 10, 2021
  • 09:00

Trends in factor investing

While factor investing isn’t new, the way investors are accessing and using factors is changing, says Mark Carver, global head of factor index products at…

Women accounted for 19.4% of corporate board directors in 2016: Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada has released a study showing women only accounted for 19.4 per cent of corporate board directors in 2016. This new study provides the…

  • By: Staff
  • May 9, 2019 January 10, 2021
  • 10:00

How factor styles work in different investing risk scenarios

As factor and multi-factor investing become more commonly understood investment styles, different strategies can help mitigate specific risks in choppier markets. “Nobody wants to hear…