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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…

  • By: Staff
  • January 11, 2022 January 12, 2022
  • 11:00

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…

  • By: Staff
  • January 4, 2022 January 4, 2022
  • 09:00

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
  • 07:56

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
  • 13:59

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
  • 09:00

Canadian DB plan solvency, balance sheets dipped in November: report

The average Canadian defined benefit pension plan saw its funding position deteriorate slightly on both a solvency and accounting basis in November, according to a…

Majority of global institutional investors expect interest rates to rise in 2022: survey

Almost three-quarters (73 per cent) of global institutional investors expect interest rates to rise in 2022, according to a new outlook survey by Natixis Investment…

  • By: Staff
  • December 9, 2021 December 9, 2021
  • 09:00
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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…