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ESG strategies, updated glide paths coming to target-date funds

While target-date funds have traditionally been a one-sized-fits-almost-all solution, innovation to integrate environmental, social and governance-oriented strategies into these funds is coming just as plan…

Morningstar names Tom Kuh first head of ESG research

Morningstar Inc. is appointing Tom Kuh as its first global head of environmental, social and governance strategy. In the newly created role, Kuh will be…

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  • February 3, 2022 February 2, 2022
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Institutional investor interest in structured credit on the rise: survey

The large majority of institutional investors believe structured credit serves as an attractive alternative to fixed income, according to a new survey by Aeon Investments.…

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  • February 3, 2022 February 3, 2022
  • 09:00

CFA Institute Research Foundation partnering with MSCI

The research arm of the CFA Institute, a non-profit organization that aims to promote the standards in ethics, education and professional excellence in global investment…

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  • February 1, 2022 February 1, 2022
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Domestic equities boost median DB pension returns to 8.9% in 2021: report

The strong performance of domestic equites in the last months of 2021 helped Canadian defined benefit pension plans secure median annual returns of 8.9 per…

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  • February 1, 2022 February 1, 2022
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Canadian pension returns up during Q4, buoyed by global equities: report

The median Canadian defined benefit pension plan generated returns of 3.8 per cent in the final quarter of 2021, according to a new report by…

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  • January 27, 2022 January 27, 2022
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DeFi poses technological, regulatory challenges for institutional investors: expert

While blockchain-based decentralized finance technology has a lot to offer institutional investors, taking full advantage of these tools will require significant technological and regulatory hurdles…

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Percentage of institutional investors’ actively managed assets dips: study

The percentage of institutional investor assets that are actively managed has dipped by eight per cent since 2019, according to a new study by institutional…

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  • January 25, 2022 January 25, 2022
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Institutional investor view of cryptocurrencies improving, finds survey

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, 43 per cent of institutional investors and wealth managers say they have a more positive view of cryptocurrencies,…

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  • January 21, 2022 January 20, 2022
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Institutional investors reducing allocations to fixed income: survey

The vast majority (88 per cent) of institutional investors have reduced their allocations to fixed income over the past 18 months, according to a survey…

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  • January 20, 2022 January 20, 2022
  • 11:30

Sustainable finance demand outpacing labour supply: report

Financial sector workers with a keen understanding of sustainable finance issues are in high demand in Canada, according to a United Nations-backed report. The report, commissioned…

  • By: Staff
  • January 20, 2022 January 20, 2022
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Government climate policy could spark fire sales by institutional investors: report

Abrupt changes in climate policies from governments around the world could lead to fire sales of climate sensitive assets held by institutional investors, according to…

  • By: Staff
  • January 18, 2022 January 18, 2022
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Canadian businesses predicting higher inflation through 2023: BoC survey

Consensus is building among Canadian business leaders that inflation will average above three per cent over the next two years, according to a new survey…

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  • January 18, 2022 January 17, 2022
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Green urban real estate investing pays off for pension funds: expert

Canadian pension funds are generating value by investing in green urban real estate using a two-pronged strategy, according to a paper on the Social Science…

Canadian DB pensions’ average funding positions improved slightly in December: report

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

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  • January 11, 2022 January 12, 2022
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Fiscal sustainability of DB pensions more important than overall liabilities: report

The viability of a public defined benefit pension plan is best judged by its fiscal sustainability rather than its overall liabilities, according to a new…

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Majority of Canadian DB pension solvency ratios above 100 per cent: report

The average solvency ratio of Canadian defined benefit pension plans in Mercer’s database grew by seven per cent in 2021, according to a new report…

2021 a banner year for largest U.S. DB pension plans: report

The largest defined benefit pension plans in the U.S. saw average funded status improve by eight per cent in 2021, according to a new report…

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  • January 4, 2022 January 4, 2022
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Coverage of the 2021 Investment Innovation Conference

In November, leading public intellectuals, pension leaders and investment experts joined delegates at the Canadian Investment Review‘s 2021 Investment Innovation Conference at the Pillar and…

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2021 IIC coverage: Considerations for pension plan sponsors in a post-pandemic political climate

However long the social, political and economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic may last, humanity and its economic systems have weathered the storm exceptionally well,…

2021 IIC coverage: A look at one investment manager’s responsible investing journey

A high-profile fraud case and a devastating oil spill directly inspired Maria Elena Drew to focus on environmental, social and governance factors in her investment…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • December 21, 2021 December 17, 2021
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2021 IIC coverage: Turning theory into action in impact investing

Investing is undergoing a paradigm shift, which will see investors do well by doing good, according to John Levy, director of impact at Franklin Templeton…

Fewer coronavirus deaths in countries focused on social, governance issues: report

Countries with strong social and governance traditions are seeing fewer deaths and more economic stability during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report by…

  • By: Staff
  • December 14, 2021 December 14, 2021
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Canadian public pension plans lead in private equity investments: report

Canada’s largest public pension plans are more heavily invested in private equity than other global public pension plans, according to a new report by British…

  • By: Staff
  • December 14, 2021 December 16, 2021
  • 12:00
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Central bankers downplaying long-term inflation risk: paper

Central bankers in developed economies are downplaying the risk of long-term inflation rises, according to a new paper by the Fraser Institute. “Absent a sharp…

  • By: Staff
  • December 9, 2021 December 9, 2021
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