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Russia divestment promises by U.S. pension funds largely unfulfilled

Six months into a war that has killed thousands of Ukrainians and displaced more than 12 million more, most of the pledges by U.S. pension…

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

An article on the Royal Bank of Canada’s plans for returning employees to the office was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week.…

  • By: Staff
  • August 26, 2022 August 25, 2022
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PSP ditching tech giant shares, Caisse scuttling future crypto investments after Celsius losses

The Public Sector Pension Investment Board says it dumped a significant portion of its shares in two giant technology companies during the first half of…

  • By: Staff
  • August 23, 2022 August 23, 2022
  • 12:30

UPP climate action plan establishes 2040 net-zero portfolio target

The University Pension Plan is rolling out a new climate strategy that aims to make its portfolio carbon neutral by 2040. “I’m proud that we’ve…

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BCI pushes past $200BN mark with 7.4% returns in fiscal 2022

The British Columbia Investment Management Corp. generated returns of 7.4 per cent during the year ending on March 21, 2022, according to its annual report.…

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  • July 21, 2022 July 21, 2022
  • 12:30
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Canadian pension plan sponsors increasingly concerned by broad-scale climate resilience of portfolios: report

Canada’s defined benefit pension plan sponsors are more concerned about broad-scale climate resilience in portfolios than they were before the coronavirus pandemic, according to a…

  • July 21, 2022 July 21, 2022
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Economic, geopolitical factors causing inflationary uncertainty for institutional investors: report

A new report is urging pension plan sponsors and other institutional investors to ensure the resilience of their portfolios in a number of different inflationary…

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  • June 28, 2022 June 28, 2022
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How to prepare pension portfolios for persistently higher inflation: CPBI session

There are a lot of reasons to believe financial markets will be very different in the next 10 to 20 years than what pension funds…

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PSP Investments returns 10.9% due to strong alternatives performance

The Public Sector Pension Investment Board returned 10.9 per cent — or $19.7 billion — across is total portfolio in the 2022 fiscal year. Between…

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  • June 10, 2022 June 9, 2022
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Canadian pension funds calling on Amazon to review dealings with unions

Several of Canada’s largest pension funds have backed a proposal requesting that Amazon.com Inc. review how its actions against ongoing union organizing efforts align with…

  • By: Staff
  • May 31, 2022 May 31, 2022
  • 12:30

2022 GIC coverage: Using robust research strategies to reveal market opportunities

Robust research on emerging trends can reveal much about future market opportunities, said Joe Faraday, director, international equities at Baillie Gifford, during his session. “I…

2022 GIC coverage: Theory versus reality in low-volatility investing

“We all know the basic premise — that assets with more risk should generally be compensated with higher returns. The more risk you take, the…

2022 GIC coverage: Relaxing constraints in liquid portfolios could lead to better investment outcomes

While institutional investors have likely relaxed leverage constraint in their private equity portfolios, they could realize better investment outcomes by taking the same approach with…

2022 GIC coverage: Canada’s Maple 8 pension funds outperforming peers on a global scale

Canada’s Maple 8 — the country’s largest eight public pension plans that manage a total of about $2 trillion in assets — use similar governance…

Canada’s largest pension plans maintaining strong ties to fossil fuel sector: report

Directors, trustees and investment managers at Canada’s largest public pension funds are deeply involved in the fossil fuel sector, according to a new report by…

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  • May 5, 2022 May 5, 2022
  • 13:00
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DB pension plans saw solvency gains, 5.3% losses in April: report

In spite of overall losses, Canadian defined benefit pension plans saw their financial positions improve on a solvency and accountancy basis in April, according to…

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  • May 5, 2022 May 5, 2022
  • 11:00
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Canadian DB pension plan losses hit 5.5% in Q1: report

Canada’s defined benefit pension plans saw average losses of 5.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2022, according to a new report by RBC Investor…

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  • May 3, 2022 May 4, 2022
  • 11:30

IMCO returns 9.6% in 2021, aims to expand investments in alternative assets

The Investment Management Corp. of Ontario saw returns of 9.6 per cent in 2021, according to its annual report. The IMCO’s assets under management rose…

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  • April 27, 2022 April 27, 2022
  • 09:00

Canadian DB pension plans return -6.4% during heightened volatility in Q1: report

The median Canadian defined benefit pension plan experienced a pullback in investment returns during the first quarter of 2022, returning negative 6.4 per cent as…

  • By: Staff
  • April 25, 2022 April 26, 2022
  • 09:00
Alberta government facing backlash after changing terms of public-sector pensions

AIMCo returns 14.7% in record-breaking year

The Alberta Investment Management Corp. secured a return of 14.7 per cent in 2021, according to a press release. During the year, the AIMCo’s assets under…

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  • April 21, 2022 July 6, 2022
  • 11:00
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U.S. union linking CPPIB-backed fund to human rights abuses

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is one of 12 pension funds being targeted by calls to divest holdings in a KKR fund. The United…

CPPIB promoting Priti Singh to global head of capital markets, factor investing

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is promoting Priti Singh to senior managing director and global head of capital markets and factor investing, effective May…

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  • April 18, 2022 April 18, 2022
  • 15:00

Caisse on track to meet ESG goals, according to sustainable investing report

The value of low-carbon investments held by the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec has more than doubled since 2017, according to its annual…

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  • April 14, 2022 April 13, 2022
  • 09:05
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Typical DB pension plan improved on a solvency, accounting basis in March: report

While a typical Canadian defined benefit pension plan saw negative investment returns in March, it also improved on a solvency and accounting basis, according to…

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  • April 7, 2022 April 7, 2022
  • 11:00
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CPPIB invests in Indian technology company, Caisse repurchases shares in Quebec convenience chain

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is investing US$425 million in an Indian content technology platform company. Following an initial equity investment of US$50 million…

  • By: Staff
  • April 7, 2022 April 6, 2022
  • 09:00