How can plan sponsors encourage their employees to make better investment decisions? And how can they ensure plan members can retire with adequate income? Those questions were among the many issues explored during Benefits Canada’s Defined Contribution Investment Forum in Toronto.

The conference, which took place on Oct. 5 and 6, covered everything from considerations for target-date funds to opportunities in global equities and fixed income.

Photos from the event are available in our photo gallery.

Here are the highlights of the sessions:

How plan sponsors can set members up for retirement success
Automatic solutions in plan design can help fiduciaries to fulfil their obligations to defined contribution plan members, according to Ruthann Pritchard, an institutional portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments.
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Maple bonds among Canadian fixed-income opportunities in challenging market
Amid continued uncertainty, investors are branching out from the traditional Canadian bond market in search of yield and diversification.
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What braised duck says about global equity opportunities
Jason White wants to see Canadians getting a healthier dose of braised duck in their investment diets.
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Challenging the rules of thumb: Taking CPP early, the value of annuitizing and saving 10%
Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald wants to challenge the many rules of thumb that she says are warping Canadians’ views of their retirement security.
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Leveraging technology to help plan members grasp the other side of the retirement equation
Technology will be the key to helping individuals make better retirement decisions in a world dominated by defined contribution pensions.
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Employers encouraged to focus on the entry, exit points of DC plans
Plan sponsors should focus on the entry and exit points of their defined contribution pension plans as the world grapples with an era of lower returns, according to a group of industry leaders.
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Plan sponsors urged to consider key distinctions between DB, DC plans
Employers should tread carefully before embracing more complex investment options for their defined contribution plans, according to a speaker at the recent Defined Contribution Investment Forum.
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Rituals touted as creative way to get DC members to save more
Defined contribution plan administrators that want to boost members’ financial behaviour should follow the lead of superstitious sports stars by embracing the surprising power of rituals, according to a Toronto management consultant.
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