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PSP Investments publishes green bond framework

The Public Sector Pension Investment Board is publishing a green bond framework, which is aligned with existing standards in green bond and sustainable debt markets.…

  • By: Staff
  • February 17, 2022 February 16, 2022
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OMERS sells stake, reinvests in dermatology network; CPPIB invests in NZ investment platform

The Ontario Municipal Employees’ Retirement System is selling its interest in a group operating dermatology clinics in the U.S. The institutional investor will sell its…

  • By: Staff
  • February 15, 2022 February 14, 2022
  • 09:00
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University Pension Plan integrating DEI into investment strategy

The University Pension Plan is integrating diversity, equity and inclusion measures into its investment strategy. The pension plan sponsor’s responsible investing policy considers environmental, social…

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • February 14, 2022 February 14, 2022
  • 09:00

CPPIB promising to make portfolio net zero by 2050

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is committing to making its portfolio net zero by 2050, but says it won’t be making any blanket divestments. The organization…

How are pension plan sponsors approaching investments in 2022?

Nearly two years after the declaration of the global coronavirus pandemic and its subsequent impact on the worldwide economy, institutional investors are looking to the…

Bruce Power using asset-liability studies, rebalancing to protect pension fund

As a nuclear power provider, Bruce Power’s culture emphasizes the importance of risk-averseness. This is reflected in the company’s efforts to secure the indexed benefits…

U.S. Virgin Islands refinancing bonds in bid to save public pension system

The governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands is refinancing more than US$800 million worth of bonds following numerous attempts to save a public pension system that…

Value investing textbook aiming to correct academic misunderstandings: author

A new textbook on value investing is aiming to combat the academic community’s premature dismissal of the subject, says author George Athanassakos, professor of finance…

Air Canada pension investor signs UN-backed principles for responsible investment

Trans-Canada Capital Inc., an investment manager that was spun out of Air Canada’s defined benefit pension plans in 2019, is a signatory of the United…

  • By: Staff
  • February 8, 2022 February 9, 2022
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HOOPP joins funding round for Toronto fintech firm, Caisse reinvesting in sporting goods refurbisher

The Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan is investing in a Toronto-based fintech company offering an alternative to payday loans. The HOOPP joined the Business Development…

  • By: Staff
  • February 7, 2022 February 8, 2022
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Coverage of the 2022 Defined Contribution Investment Forum

The 2022 Defined Contribution Investment Forum, held virtually on Jan. 21, explored how generational priorities impact investment options and strategies, including the growing importance of environmental,…

Assessing investment managers’ progress in sustainable investing

Asset managers have responded to a growing demand from investors for socially responsible investing, with pledges to integrate environmental, social and governance factors into the…

The value of active managers, global equities in DC investment lineups

Defined contribution plan sponsors are facing much more challenging market conditions heading into 2022, with lower expected returns across core asset classes and high levels…

Understanding managers’ ESG integration critical for DC plan sponsors

With sustainable investing gaining significant popularity, it’s critically important for defined contribution plan sponsors to understand how underlying investment managers integrate environmental, social and governance…

Panel: Bâtirente, KPMG and Western University share DC plan journey to ESG

KPMG Canada has seen firsthand the benefits that environmental, social and governance investing can have on employees’ retirement savings and the wider world. It recently…

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…

  • By: Staff
  • February 3, 2022 February 2, 2022
  • 09:00
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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.…

  • By: Staff
  • February 3, 2022 February 3, 2022
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BCI, CPPIB, IMCO and PSP committing to ESG standardization in private equity

More than 100 global institutional investors and asset managers are committing to a project that seeks to standardize environmental, social and governance metrics to provide…

  • By: Staff
  • February 3, 2022 February 2, 2022
  • 09:00
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Caisse invests in venture capital fund for Black-led firms, PSP starts work on U.K. student housing

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Fondaction are committing $4.5 million to a Canadian venture capital fund dedicated to Black-led businesses. BKR…

  • By: Staff
  • February 2, 2022 February 2, 2022
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Pension funds increasing in-house asset management: survey

Housing inequality issues present systemic risks to institutional investors: expert

As the financialization of the real estate sector comes under increased scrutiny from the general public, institutional investors must mitigate the systemic risks posed by…

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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…

  • By: Staff
  • February 1, 2022 February 1, 2022
  • 09:00

OTPP, PSP buying Australian energy investor; OTPP acquiring pine forests

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board are part of a consortium acquiring an Australian infrastructure investment fund. The consortium,…

  • By: Staff
  • January 27, 2022 January 27, 2022
  • 13:00

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…

  • By: Staff
  • January 25, 2022 January 25, 2022
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Caisse, PSP entering real estate joint ventures; CPPIB partnering with green consultancy

Ivanhoé Cambridge, the real estate arm of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, is entering a new joint venture to construct multifamily rental…

  • By: Staff
  • January 25, 2022 January 25, 2022
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