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Last week’s federal budget proposed more borrowing flexibility for registered defined benefit plans. The proposal would replace the historical 90-day term limit on short-term borrowing with restrictions based on plan assets: additional borrowed money can’t exceed the lesser of 20 per cent of the plan’s assets and the amount by which 125 per cent of […]

Since 2004, Canada has held a AAA rating from all major ratings agencies, but on June 24, it suffered a blow when Fitch Ratings Inc. downgraded the country to AA+. “The rating downgrade reflects the deterioration of Canada’s public finances in 2020 resulting from the coronavirus pandemic,” said the Fitch in a rating action commentary […]