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The British Columbia Investment Management Corp. is committing to five-year climate-related targets for its public markets program. The pension fund is targeting a cumulative $5-billion investment in sustainability bonds and a 30 per cent reduction of carbon exposure in its global public equities portfolio by 2025, according to a press release, which noted the targets […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 24, 2021 February 25, 2021
  • 15:00
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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 $400 million. The technology-consulting company said it will pay $95.13 per share, a slight discount to where the shares closed on the Toronto Stock Exchange last week at $98.07. CGI […]

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 for trading last week by the Ontario Securities Commission. As of Feb. 18, units of the ETF were at $10.19 in late afternoon trading on the S&P/TSX composite index, up […]

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A coalition of Canadian university endowments and pension plans are launching a new initiative to engage investee corporations on climate change risks. The initiative will engage with North American public companies held in university endowment and pension portfolios and will focus on sectors including finance, transportation, energy and utilities and manufacturing, according to a press […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 19, 2021 February 19, 2021
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The year 2020 tested the mettle of entrepreneurs and small business owners like none other in recent history. And private equity firms operating in the small- and medium-sized business space were called upon like never before to help manage through the pandemic. For many business owners, 2020 has been about survival and making it through […]

Pension funds playing defence amid coronavirus crisis

Despite several bumps in the decade since the 2008/09 financial crisis, the swift and brutal crash in global equity prices when the coronavirus was declared a pandemic sent pension investors reaching for their playbooks to implement defensive strategies to mitigate the damage. “People have worked very hard at just acting on the set strategies that […]

Nav Canada, Goodyear Canada share experiences with LDI in low interest rate world

Despite the low interest rate environment, it still makes sense for defined benefit pension plan sponsors to adopt a liability-driven investment strategy, said Serge Lapierre, global head of LDI at Manulife Investment Management, during a webinar sponsored by the firm on Monday. LDI investing is a risk management framework, he noted. “It’s not an asset […]

  • By: Yaelle Gang
  • November 19, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 08:04
How has coronavirus impacted private equity markets?

The private equity market was on a hot streak coming into 2020 and despite the economic wreckage caused by the coronavirus, fundraising has generally held up, said Jamie Becker, counsel for private equity and pension fund investments at Torys LLP, when speaking at the Canadian Investment Review’s 2020 Global Investment Conference in September. “There was […]

  • By: Yaelle Gang
  • October 28, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 09:14
How institutional investors can unsmooth illiquid returns

As institutional investors increase allocations to alternative investments, it becomes increasingly challenging to understand risk. A new paper, co-authored by Spencer Couts, assistant professor of real estate at the University of Southern California; Andrei S. Goncalves, an assistant professor of finance at the University of North Carolina; and Andrea Rossi, an assistant professor of finance […]

  • By: Yaelle Gang
  • October 27, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 12:32
What role can insurance-linked securities play in pension portfolios?

In a market rocked by a considerable increase in cross-asset volatility, the need to search for alternative means of diversification that embrace different sources of risk and return is crucial. One solution for pension plan sponsors to consider is investing in insurance-linked securities. Often a misunderstood and underutilized asset class, insurance-linked securities are investments whose […]