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The average Canadian defined benefit pension plan generated a median return of 8.4 per cent for the fourth quarter of 2023, according to a report by Northern Trust Corp. The report, which tracks DB plans within the Northern Trust Canada universe, found the average Canadian DB plan ended the year with a median 10 per cent return. […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 8, 2024 February 7, 2024
  • 09:00

The average Canadian defined benefit pension plan posted returns of 8.2 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2023, according to RBC Investor Services. It found the average Canadian DB plan ended 2023 with a 9.1 per cent return, a significant increase from negative 10.3 per cent in 2022. Read: Average Canadian DB pension plan returns […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 1, 2024 February 1, 2024
  • 15:00

Institutional investors could face a mild economic recession in the U.S. at the end of the first half of 2024, according to a new report from Amundi Asset Management. It projected the global economy to grow by 2.4 per cent in 2024, with U.S. growth estimated at just 0.8 per cent, down from 2.4 per […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 24, 2024 January 24, 2024
  • 15:00

Recent challenges to the 60/40 balanced portfolio rule shouldn’t sway institutional investors away from the strategy, said Steve Foerster, professor of finance at Western University’s Ivey Business School, during the Canadian Investment Review’s 2023 Investment Innovation Conference in November. “Regardless of what’s happening now, we don’t want to confuse strategic asset allocation, which is what […]

The progression of bonds and frontier markets over the long term will be top of mind for institutional investors in the coming year, according to Andrew Forsyth, senior vice-president of institutional investment services at Franklin Templeton. Fixed income may be in the good graces of institutional investors again as higher bond yields lead the way […]

The funded position of a typical Canadian defined benefit pension plan increased on a solvency and an accounting basis as of Sept. 30, according to a new report by Telus Health. The monthly index, which demonstrates changes in asset levels for an average pension plan since the beginning of the year, found the average solvency […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 17, 2023 October 17, 2023
  • 11:00

Canadian institutional investors are still in a sweet spot with the relationship between stocks and bonds in 2023, despite a difficult start to October for the S&P/TSX composite index, says one expert. At the end of last week’s trading period, the Canadian equities index showed a negative return of 0.72 per cent, leaving the S&P/TSX […]

The Alberta Investment Management Corp. is reporting a net return of 4.5 per cent for the six-month period ending June 30, 2023. At the halfway point of the year, the AIMCo reported $6.1 billion in net investment income with a 5.2 per cent net investment return for its balanced fund, according to a press release. Read: How AIMCo, […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 31, 2023 September 5, 2023
  • 11:30
Why institutional investors should be wary of inflation

In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the stock market has recovered to pre-pandemic levels for various reasons, but institutional investors shouldn’t be overly optimistic and must keep risks top of mind, said Campbell Harvey, a professor of finance at Duke University, when speaking at the Canadian Investment Review’s 2020 Global Investment Conference in September. […]


While many indicators point to the relative health of the U.S. economy, the Federal Reserve is lowering the target range for the federal funds rate by 25 basis points to a range of two to 2.25 per cent. This marks the first rate cut since 2008. “Markets weren’t surprised,” says Dec Mullarkey, managing director at […]