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Despite year-to-date asset losses and historically high levels of inflation, most Canadian defined benefit pension plans are reporting increased funded positions in the second quarter of 2022, according to a report by Mercer Canada. It found the median solvency ratio increased from 108 per cent as at March 31 to 109 per cent as at […]

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  • July 5, 2022 July 4, 2022
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The Public Sector Pension Investment Board is entering a strategic alliance with a produce vendor. According to the agreement, PSP Investments will manage the acquisition of Spanish citrus orchards while Citri & Co. will operate and manage the farmland, packing, distribution and sale of crops. According to a press release, the alliance was brokered by […]

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  • June 30, 2022 June 30, 2022
  • 12:00

An article on how pension plans are approaching risk management was the most-read story on over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Expert panel: Is risk management the new frontier in pension governance? 2. Sun Life completes acquisition of U.S. dental benefits provider 3. 44% of employers believe remote […]

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  • June 10, 2022 June 9, 2022
  • 09:00
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The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is investing in a private pharmaceutical company. The investment in the Quebec-based Corealis Pharma Inc., a company that partners with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector organizations to produce tablets, capsules and granules, has seen average annual sales growth above 15 per cent since it was founded in […]

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  • May 31, 2022 May 31, 2022
  • 12:30

While institutional investors have likely relaxed leverage constraint in their private equity portfolios, they could realize better investment outcomes by taking the same approach with their public market exposures “Constraints [on leverage] prevent some of the most useful tools in portfolio management — namely, full diversification,” said Roberto Croce, head of risk parity and liquid […]

Canada’s Maple 8 — the country’s largest eight public pension plans that manage a total of about $2 trillion in assets — use similar governance structures to consistently deliver strong returns. Pension systems around the world are difficult to manage, said Sebastien Betermier, an associate professor of finance at the Desautels Faculty of Management at […]

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is investing in a unicorn firm behind a popular European tax app. The pension fund’s private equity subsidiary Teachers’ Venture Growth served as the lead investor in a US$220 million investment round for Taxfix. As a result of the capital infusion, the Berlin-based software provider’s valuation surpassed US$1 billion. Founded […]

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  • April 28, 2022 April 28, 2022
  • 13:30

The overwhelming majority (92 per cent) of British institutional investors and wealth managers are planning to increase their allocations to renewable energy in order to diversify their portfolios, according to a survey by London-based asset manager Downing LLP. The survey, which polled 100 professional investors including pension plan sponsors, institutional investors and asset managers, found […]

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  • April 26, 2022 April 20, 2022
  • 09:00

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is investing $31.25 million in a Toronto-based energy storage provider. Hydrostor Inc. provides utility integration services related to long-duration energy storage that enables grid operators to scale the renewable energy capacity of grids. The proceeds of the investment will be used to finance the development of compressed air energy […]

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  • April 21, 2022 April 20, 2022
  • 11:00

How often does today’s news present stories about environmental issues? Climate change, pollution, overpopulation, deforestation, biodiversity degradation — the list is endless and these long-term shifts are far from new. We’re failing our environment and our people. Our world is changing. Food, fresh water, other natural resources and clean energy are all under strain. Unfortunately, […]