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Holding company backed by Caisse, Ontario Teachers’ making first acquisition, CPPIB investing in Brazil water infrastructure

An insurance holding company backed by the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is making its inaugural transaction,…

  • By: Staff
  • March 25, 2021 April 24, 2021
  • 09:00

Caisse investing in vision-care company; Ontario Teachers’, AIMCo selling governance solutions firm

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is part of an investment group acquiring New Look Vision Group Inc., a provider of eye-care products…

  • By: Staff
  • March 23, 2021 April 13, 2021
  • 09:00

Imperial Oil urging investors to vote against Bâtirente’s net-zero emissions motion

Imperial Oil Ltd. is recommending investors attending its annual meeting in May vote against a shareholder resolution that it adopt a corporate-wide target to achieve…

Desjardins launching low-carbon ETF

Desjardins Global Asset Management Inc. recently launched a low-carbon exchange-traded fund. The Desjardins RI Emerging Markets Low CO2 Index ETF started to trade on the Toronto…

  • By: Staff
  • March 23, 2021 March 22, 2021
  • 09:00

PSP investing in real estate technology, Caisse in venture capital firm

The Public Sector Pension Investment Board is among the investors in a new fund by Greensoil PropTech Ventures, a Toronto-based property-technology company. The fund, which…

  • By: Staff
  • March 18, 2021 March 18, 2021
  • 17:25
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One year later: Institutional investors looking beyond pandemic

While the coronavirus pandemic is continuing to shape global markets following a tumultuous 2020, institutional investors are looking beyond the crisis, says Rob Almeida, portfolio…

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…

Are target-benefit pension plans the answer to a secure, sustainable retirement?

More Canadian employers should consider target-benefit pension plans for their employees these days. The model is gaining steam. In mid-December, 2020, the Quebec legislator signed into…

OPTrust returns 8.9% in 2020, lowers discount rate

The OPSEU Pension Trust ended 2020 with an 8.9 per cent net investment return and maintained its fully funded status. That was down from 2019…

  • By: Staff
  • March 16, 2021 April 25, 2021
  • 09:00

Confidence in Bitcoin up among institutional investors: survey

The vast majority (85 per cent) of institutional investors who already engage with Bitcoin plan to increase their investment in the cryptocurrency over the next…

  • By: Staff
  • March 15, 2021 March 16, 2021
  • 15:00
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Caisse shuffling board at infrastructure subsidiary

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is appointing a new board of directors for the CDPQ Infra, its subsidiary that serves as principal…

  • By: Staff
  • March 15, 2021 March 15, 2021
  • 09:00
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Institutional investors see vaccinations, stimulus paving way to economic recovery

Coronavirus vaccinations and the US$1.9-trillion fiscal stimulus package are paving the way for the U.S. economy to recover as the world enters the second year…

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…


Third Bitcoin ETF begins trading on TSX

A third Bitcoin exchange-traded fund is now trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The CI Galaxy Bitcoin ETF, developed by CI Global Asset Management, invests…

  • By: Staff
  • March 11, 2021 March 11, 2021
  • 09:00

CAAT appointing Asif Haque chief investment officer

The Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Pension Plan is appointing Asif Haque as chief investment officer, effective May 1. Haque has worked at the…

  • By: Staff
  • March 11, 2021 March 11, 2021
  • 09:00

Canada Post appointing Irshaad Ahmad as CIO, VP of pension fund

Irshaad Ahmad is now serving as Canada Post Corp.’s chief investment officer and vice-president of the Crown corporation’s pension fund. He joined Canada Post in…

  • By: Staff
  • March 10, 2021 March 16, 2021
  • 09:00

Canadian pension plans’ average funding positions improved slightly in January: report

Canadian pension plans saw their funding positions improve on both a solvency and accounting basis in January 2021 compared to December 2020, according to Morneau…

  • By: Staff
  • March 9, 2021 April 23, 2021
  • 18:01
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Caisse investing in shipping and agri-food, Ontario Teachers’ in packaging company

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and DP World have signed a US$1.2-billion deal to start the construction of an international container port…

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Funding status down, alternative investments up among DB pension plans: survey

The funding status and confidence of Canadian defined benefit pension plans declined in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic and a low interest-rate environment, according to…

  • By: Staff
  • March 5, 2021 March 5, 2021
  • 09:00
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Ontario Teachers’ investing in Finland utility, Caisse in Brazil telecommunications

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is acquiring a 40 per cent stake in Caruna, Finland’s largest electricity supplier. The pension will acquire a 20 per cent…

  • By: Staff
  • March 4, 2021 March 4, 2021
  • 18:59
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Pension funds saving with in-house asset management: survey

Canadian pension funds are seeing significant cost savings from in-house asset management but are still relying on external managers, according to a new survey from…

  • By: Staff
  • March 3, 2021 March 3, 2021
  • 09:00

CPPIB appointing John Graham as CEO following resignation of Mark Machin

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is appointing John Graham (pictured) as its new chief executive officer, following the resignation of Mark Machin. Graham was…

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OMERS’ portfolio lost 2.7 per cent, net of expenses, in 2020

The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System’s portfolio lost 2.7 per cent, net of expenses, last year as the coronavirus pandemic hammered its investments. According to…


Caisse selling back $400M in shares to tech consultancy

CGI Inc. is buying back and cancelling 4.2 million of its class-A subordinate voting shares from the Caisse de depot et placement du Québec for…

Bitcoin ETFs begin trading in North America

North America’s first Bitcoin exchange-traded funds began trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange recently. The Purpose Bitcoin ETF, developed by Toronto-based Purpose Investments, was approved…