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Canadian life and health insurers processed nearly $600 million in claims related to mental health in 2021, up 45 per cent since 2020 and 75 per cent since 2019, according to the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association’s annual fact book. “2021 was a year of recovery and insurers have been proud partners helping employers […]

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  • September 16, 2022 September 15, 2022
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After a tough couple of years, Canadians continue to face several challenges against an increasingly turbulent economic landscape. While most coronavirus restrictions were lifted in late spring 2022, the seventh wave of the pandemic arrived in July alongside rising inflation, which is compounding prices from the gas pump to the grocery store. Though the 2022 […]

International Business Machines Corp. is entering a US$16 billion pension risk transfer. The annuity transaction will see 40 per cent of IBM’s defined benefit pension plan’s liabilities transferred. The Prudential Insurance Co. of America and Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. will each insure half of the payments for 100,000 IBM plan participants and beneficiaries. Prudential will […]

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  • September 15, 2022 September 14, 2022
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Proposed amendments to U.K. pension regulations could lead to the extinction of smaller defined benefit plans within 15 years, according to Charles Cowling, chief actuary at Mercer. “The potential impact of these new regulations would be significant and dramatic,” he said in a press release. “The draft proposals would force the sale of £500 billion […]

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  • August 25, 2022 August 25, 2022
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Capital accumulation plan member outcomes saw a modest decline in the second quarter of 2022, as rising interest rates and the corresponding rise in annuity rates helped offset the falling investment markets, according to Eckler Ltd.’s latest CAP income tracker. It found a typical male member retiring at the end of June 2022 achieved a […]

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  • August 25, 2022 August 25, 2022
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An article on Canadian employers increasing salaries and offering remote work to attract talent was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Canadian employers increasing salaries, offering remote work to attract talent: survey 2. Expert panel: How national dental care could impact group benefits […]

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  • August 12, 2022 August 12, 2022
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While institutional investors are no strangers to established markets such as Europe and the U.S., the world’s emerging and frontier markets can provide diversification and opportunities for lucrative returns. Not surprisingly, events such as the coronavirus pandemic and a shifting geopolitical landscape are influencing these decisions in 2022 and beyond. In recent months, Russia’s invasion […]

Dynamic pension pools can have a significant and positive impact on retirement outcomes if they’re supported by the appropriate legislative changes, said Barbara Sanders, associate professor in statistics and actuarial science at Simon Fraser University, during a session at Benefits Canada‘s 2022 DC Plan Summit. The University of British Columbia has a dynamic pension pool […]

Sun Life Financial Inc. is selling its U.K. pension and annuities business. The company has entered an agreement to sell SLF of Canada U.K. Ltd. to U.K.-based long-term savings and retirement business Phoenix Group Holdings for a closing price of $385 million. Sun Life will retain its economic interest in Sun Life U.K.’s payout annuities […]

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  • August 5, 2022 August 5, 2022
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U.S. employers offering 403(b) retirement plans will benefit from access to collective investment trusts, according to a report by the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association. It noted the latest version of the Securing a Strong Retirement Act passed the House in March and, if it passes through the Senate with language that allows institutional 403(b) […]

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  • July 6, 2022 July 6, 2022
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