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When the Houston Firefighters Relief and Retirement Fund bought $25 million in cryptocurrencies with the fund’s chief investment officer touting their potential, retired fire Capt. Russell Harris was concerned. He was already worried about his pension after an overhaul by state and city officials cut payments as they grappled with the ability to pay out […]

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Decentralized finance technology facilitated more illicit cryptocurrency transactions in the first quarter of 2022 than in any other period, according to a report from Chainalysis Inc. “DeFi protocols have accounted for an ever-growing share of all funds stolen from cryptocurrency platforms since the beginning of 2020 and lost the vast majority of stolen funds in […]

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More workers may soon be able to stake some of their 401(k) retirement savings to Bitcoin, as cryptocurrencies crack even deeper into the mainstream. Retirement giant Fidelity Investments Inc. has launched a way for employees to put some of their 401(k) savings and contributions — potentially up to 20 per cent — directly in Bitcoin, […]

Nearly two years after the declaration of the global coronavirus pandemic and its subsequent impact on the worldwide economy, institutional investors are looking to the future with cautious optimism. Amid a recovering economy and rising inflation, pension plan sponsors are taking a long-term investment view and staying the course in the year ahead, while incorporating […]

From the rise of cryptocurrency DogeCoin and non-fungible tokens to Reddit members beating hedge fund managers at their own game, 2021 has been an eventful year in the world of retail investing. And while institutional investors might not be betting big on Gamestop Corp. or Elon Musk’s latest cryptocurrency tweet, some have inched closer to […]

How to solve for lack of trust inherent in financial transactions

As far back as the beginning of civilization, centralized ledgers have been the answer to solving trust issues, said Michael Casey, chief content officer at CoinDesk, in a keynote presentation during the Canadian Investment Review’s Investment Innovation Conference in November. The first form of writing ever recorded was a ledger on a Sumerian tablet dating […]

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Fintech includes four areas, all of which are changing the financial industry in different ways. These include peer-to-peer financing, robo-advising or systematic asset management, decentralized finance and machine learning and artificial intelligence, said Campbell Harvey, professor of finance at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, during a panel at the Northern Finance Association’s conference in […]

Institutional investors interested in digital assets: survey

Almost half (47 per cent) of institutional investors are interested in including digital assets in their investment portfolios, according to a survey by Fidelity Investments Inc. The study, which surveyed more than 400 U.S. institutional investors, including pension plans, family offices, crypto and traditional hedge funds, found 22 per cent of respondents said they already have some exposure to […]

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  • May 3, 2019 January 9, 2021
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Artificial intelligence and blockchain are buzzwords in virtually every industry, but there are specific ways these technologies can make improvements in the pension world, according to Serge Boccassini, manager for defined contribution product solutions at Northern Trust. “How can it be used to help people save more for retirement [and] save better for retirement? And […]

BMO launches blockchain-based pilot for fixed income deal with Ontario Teachers’

BMO Capital Markets, alongside the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, has launched a pilot fixed income issuance transaction, mirrored on a blockchain platform. In the transaction, the Bank of Montreal acted as the issuer, while Ontario Teachers’ purchased a $250 million one-year floating rate deposit note. It marks the first Canadian dollar fixed income issuance showing the viability […]

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  • August 15, 2018 September 13, 2019
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