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Tracking indirect GHG emissions vital for institutional investors, says expert

Institutional investors seeking to reduce their portfolios’ carbon footprint should pay more attention to scope 3 emissions, says Priti Shokeen, head of environmental, social and…

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AIMCo sees quarterly returns of 1.7 per cent, CPPIB up 3.8 per cent

The Alberta Investment Management Corp. saw returns of 1.7 per cent during the third quarter of 2021, according to its quarterly report. Between July and…

  • By: Staff
  • November 23, 2021 November 24, 2021
  • 09:00

Canadian investors less skeptical of corporate ESG than global average: survey

Nearly three-quarters (72 per cent) of Canadian institutional investors don’t believe companies can be trusted to achieve their stated environmental, social and governance commitments, according…

  • By: Staff
  • November 18, 2021 November 18, 2021
  • 11:55

Sounding Board: How institutional investors can manage the physical risks of climate change

With recent deadly heat waves and wild fires ravaging Canada’s west coast and large-scale flooding in the east, who can ignore the growing risk of…

Domestic equity returns bolstering Canadian DB pension plan solvency: report

The average Canadian defined benefit pension plan saw improvements on a solvency and accountancy basis in October, according to LifeWorks Inc.’s monthly report. Its monthly…

  • By: Staff
  • November 9, 2021 November 9, 2021
  • 10:00

Coverage of the 2021 Global Investment Conference

Eighteen months after the onset of the coronavirus crisis, the 2021 Global Investment Conference looked at how the uncertain global future will impact pension portfolios.…

2021 GIC coverage: Cutting through the ESG greenwash

In his keynote address at the 2021 Global Investment Conference, Karthik Ramanna, professor of business and public policy at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School…

2021 GIC coverage: A look at China’s expanding opportunity set for institutional investors

For all its dangers, there’s still considerable opportunity to be found in the Chinese investment space. At the 2021 Global Investment Conference, Anh Lu, portfolio…

2021 GIC coverage: Finding hidden value in emerging market currencies

This year has been a difficult one for emerging market currencies, but there are signs that 2022 will give investors reason to be optimistic. “For…

2021 GIC coverage: How institutional investors’ losses in stock market crashes can fuel growth

As much as institutional investors fear stock market bubbles, they have an important role to play. The flooding of capital into new technologies and innovations…

2021 GIC coverage: A look at the Teachers’ Retirement Allowance Fund’s pandemic balancing act

As places of economic activity, flood plains have their advantages — just ask the ancient Mesopotamians or the staff of the Winnipeg-based Teachers’ Retirement Allowance…

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Expert panel: A look at commodity price behaviour over the business cycles

With gas and oil prices reaching new heights last week, panicking both politicians and consumers, we must ask ourselves if this behaviour is typical of…

Canada’s DB pension plans post 5% return in Q4, close 2020 with 10% gain

Canadian pension plan returns see modest growth in Q3: report

Canadian pension plans saw returns averaging about 0.6 per cent in the third quarter of 2021, according to a new report by Northern Trust Canada.…

  • By: Staff
  • November 2, 2021 November 4, 2021
  • 11:00
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Quantitative easing windup, inflation likely to benefit pension plans: expert

The end of Canada’s quantitative easing strategy and higher than expected interest rates will be beneficial to Canadian defined benefit pension plans, according to Sebastien Betermier,…

Cybersecurity issues rank as top concern for risk managers: survey

Risk managers consider cyber attacks and data breaches as the biggest threats to businesses, including those in the financial sector, according to a new survey…

  • By: Staff
  • October 28, 2021 October 27, 2021
  • 10:30
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Canada’s public pension system places 12th in ranking of 43 countries: report

Canada ranks 12th out of 43 countries for its pension system, according to a new report by Mercer and the CFA Institute. The countries in…

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  • October 21, 2021 October 21, 2021
  • 12:00

Expert panel: The concept of risk and risk management in value investing and modern portfolio theory

Between mixed signals about inflation, signs of structural weakness in China’s over-leveraged real estate sector and September’s low returns on global equities, institutional investors have…

  • October 14, 2021 October 14, 2021
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Sustainability of increasing concern to asset managers: reports

The vast majority (84 per cent) of asset managers are either implementing or evaluating the sustainability of their portfolios, according to a survey by FTSE…

  • By: Staff
  • October 12, 2021 October 12, 2021
  • 13:30

Sounding board: Institutional investors making Canada’s approach to China unsustainable

With the repatriation of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor following their three-year incarceration in China, relations between Ottawa and Beijing are to be reset.…

Collective DC pension plan designs offer benefits to sponsors, members: report

Collective defined contribution pension plans could begin to replace DC plans, just as DC plans have replaced the majority of defined benefit plans in recent…

  • By: Staff
  • October 8, 2021 October 8, 2021
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Canadian DB pension plan returns dip, balance sheets stable in September: report

The typical Canadian defined benefit pension plan deteriorated on a solvency basis but improved on an accountancy basis in September, according to a new report…

What do historically low interest rates mean for DB pension de-risking?

Volatile quarter increasing DB pension liabilities: report

Increasing yield for long-term government bonds and a flat credit spread through the third quarter of 2021 are driving up defined benefit pension liabilities, according…

  • By: Staff
  • October 5, 2021 October 5, 2021
  • 12:30
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Canada’s office vacancy at highest point since 1994, but rents stable due to institutional investors: report

While the percentage of office spaces that are vacant in Canada is higher than at any point since 1994, rental prices have remained fairly stable…

DC pension members prioritizing remuneration, ESG resolutions: survey

Governance-related resolutions are receiving more overall votes from defined contribution pension plan members, but environmental issues are more engaging on a vote-per-measure basis, according to…

  • By: Staff
  • September 14, 2021 September 14, 2021
  • 12:00

CPPIB, Ontario Teachers’ among the world’s top 20 pension funds

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan are among the 20 largest pension funds in the world in terms of…

  • By: Staff
  • September 9, 2021 September 9, 2021
  • 12:20