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Institutional investors interest in digital assets on the rise: survey

The majority (71 per cent) of institutional investors expect to add digital assets to their investment portfolios within the next five years, according to a…

Ontario Teachers’, PSP, IMCO investing in net-zero fund, Caisse in medtech fund

Three of Canada’s largest pension funds are investing in a new fund focused on the global transition to a net-zero economy. The Brookfield Global Transition…

  • By: Staff
  • July 28, 2021 July 28, 2021
  • 15:00

Investors have role in advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, says report

Institutional investors have a role to play in reconciling Canada with Indigenous people, says a new report by the Reconciliation and Responsible Investment Initiative. “With…

Cryptocurrency sentiment growing bearish, finds survey

Canadian investors and advisors were skeptical about cryptocurrency in the second quarter of 2021, according to a new quarterly survey by Horizons ETF Management Inc.…

  • By: Staff
  • July 22, 2021 July 23, 2021
  • 12:30
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Expert panel: How is cryptocurrency impacting institutional investors’ portfolios?

Whether institutional investors welcome it — or even realize it — cryptocurrency is having an impact on their portfolios. The immense size of the crypto…

DB pension interest in fixed income grew in 2020, finds PIAC asset mix report

Members of the Pension Investment Association of Canada saw their managed assets grow by 7.4 per cent in 2020, according to a new report. In…

  • By: Staff
  • July 15, 2021 July 15, 2021
  • 09:00

ESG investing and human rights: “Ignorance is no longer an excuse”

It’s a welcome development that so many pension fund managers are increasingly preoccupied with the ethical implications of their investments and incorporating data to ensure…

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Nova Scotia’s PSSP sees 15.75% return: annual report

Nova Scotia’s Public Service Superannuation Plan saw a 15.75 per cent return net of investment fees for the fiscal year 2020/21, generating $1 billion in…

  • By: Staff
  • June 30, 2021 June 30, 2021
  • 15:00

How Canada’s pension funds are maximizing fixed income in a low interest rate environment

With bond returns tied to interest rates, it’s no surprise Canadian pension funds are increasingly seeking other ways to boost fixed income yields. Canadian interest…

AIMCo beats fixed income benchmarks with innovation, flexibility

It isn’t an easy time to be a fixed income investor. After a volatile year that included a severe liquidity squeeze in the spring of…

Back to basics on insurance-linked securities

As institutional investors seek portfolio diversification and the insurance industry seeks additional capacity amid global growth, investment strategies incorporating insurance-linked securities are providing a solution…

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The future of investing is multi-disciplinary

The future will increasingly favour institutional investors that can break old patterns of thought. As we move forward and industries and new technologies converge at…

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PIAC urging SEC to adopt broader ESG reporting rules

The Pension Investment Association of Canada is urging the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt new rules mandating enhanced disclosures of climate risks and…

  • By: Staff
  • June 22, 2021 June 22, 2021
  • 09:00

Canada’s largest pension funds come together at inaugural climate change event

Representatives from eight of Canada’s largest pension funds — known as the Maple Eight — participated in the first meeting of the Sustainable Finance Action…

  • By: Staff
  • June 16, 2021 June 17, 2021
  • 09:00

Canadian pension funds calling for co-ordinated world response to climate crisis

A number of Canadian institutional investors, including the British Columbia Investment Management Corp., the British Columbia Municipal Pension Plan, the Caisse de dépôt et placement…

  • By: Staff
  • June 15, 2021 June 15, 2021
  • 09:00

UPP appointing first managing director of responsible investing

The University Pension Plan has appointed Brian Minns as its first managing director of responsible investing. Prior to joining the UPP, Minns spent 10 years working…

  • By: Staff
  • June 10, 2021 June 10, 2021
  • 09:15

British Airways appointing outsourced chief investment officer

British Airways is appointing Blackrock Inc. as outsourced chief investment officer for its two defined benefit pension plans. While many U.K.-based pensions have adopted an…

  • By: Staff
  • June 8, 2021 June 8, 2021
  • 12:30
Canadian ESG-related investment assets surge to $3.2 trillion: report

BCI’s 2020 ESG report highlights sustainable bonds, investment guidelines

The British Columbia Investment Management Corp. is becoming “more intentional about” its ongoing environmental, social and governance efforts in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, says…

U.S. pension funds supporting changes to Exxon board in battle over climate change

As Exxon Mobil Corp. shareholders continue their bid to force the oil giant to deal more aggressively with climate change, several large U.S. institutional investors are…

2021 BPS coverage: How PCL is balancing benefits, pension decisions during coronavirus

With the majority of PCL Construction Ltd.’s workforce continuing to work at its Canada-wide job sites and offices throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the organization’s decisions…

University of Waterloo aiming to reach full carbon neutrality of pension, endowment investments by 2040

The University of Waterloo is committing to reducing the carbon footprint of its pension and endowment investment portfolios by 50 per cent by 2030, with…

  • By: Staff
  • June 2, 2021 June 2, 2021
  • 09:00

Value creation may be new cap rate compression in real estate investment

As the era of cap rate compression draws to a close, how can institutional investors maintain the outsized returns they’ve enjoyed for over a decade?…

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CPPIB reporting $497.2BN net assets in fiscal 2021

A record return over the first full year of the pandemic has put the manager of Canada’s largest retirement fund years ahead of schedule to…

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UAPP withdrawing $2.7BN public equities portfolio from AIMCo

The Universities Academic Pension Plan is withdrawing control of its $2.7-billlion public equities portfolio from the Alberta Investment Management Corp. The withdrawal comes following ongoing…