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Looking under the hood of jumbo transactions

The recent announcement that General Motors of Canada Co. purchased $1.8 billion of annuities for its salaried pension plan is creating a lot of excitement.…

Investing in low-carbon economy will pay off for pension plans

We are now in Month 14 of the coronavirus pandemic. For institutional investors like pension plans, this pandemic and its consequences highlight the reality of…

Why decumulation is a challenge for CAPs          

While decumulation is a critical aspect of retirement, in my opinion, it doesn’t attract enough attention. Decumulation is the process of drawing down a capital…

There’s more pandemic-era punches to come for institutional investors

Mike Tyson’s one liner “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth” comes to mind when I think of the predicament central…

The evolution of pension governance policies

Pension governance policies have been common for many years, at least since the Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities published its initial guidelines on pension…

How should investors interpret the recent rise in interest rates?

United States 10-year bond yields have risen substantially from their lows of 0.50 per cent last summer, hitting 1.6 per cent by late February. Canadian…

Expert panel: How DB plan sponsors can get back into the driver’s seat

Much has been written about how 2020 was unprecedented, challenging and exhausting — take your pick of adjectives. It was also a white-knuckle ride for…

How to communicate the value of a benefits plan to employees

It’s often said perception is reality and that’s definitely true when it comes to benefits plans. If employees can’t easily perceive the value in their…

  • By: Tom Milne
  • March 9, 2021 March 22, 2021
  • 09:00

Institutional investing in 2021: looking towards the future

Last year offered up one of most tempestuous investment environments in recent memory, and this year looks to be equally dynamic. It will be increasingly…

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What does a rise in Robinhood traders mean for institutional investors?

During and after the market crash of this year’s first quarter, retail traders flocked to the various commission-free online brokerages in droves. These traders began…

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New research finds asset owners largely satisfied with pandemic performance

The vast majority of investors (82 per cent) are satisfied with how their portfolios performed in the first half of 2020, despite some weak results…

  • By: Les Marton
  • August 18, 2020 December 6, 2020
  • 07:43
Webinar: 2020 CAP Member Survey: Retirement savings, financial well-being in the era of coronavirus

Now is the time to fix capital accumulation plans

The collapse in the equity markets has damaged capital accumulation plan retirement accounts. Governments need to level the playing field between defined benefit plans and…

  • July 2, 2020 December 6, 2020
  • 08:17
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A primer on commercial mortgage funds

The last decade of persistently low interest rates, exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis, has created challenges for institutional investors looking to generate income on their…