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Canadian defined benefit pension plans returned 4.4 per cent in the second quarter of 2021, according to RBC Investor & Treasury Services’ latest all-plan universe. The report found average Canadian DB pension plan returns grew by 0.9 percentage points over the previous quarter, from 3.5 per cent to 4.4 per cent. It also noted the […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 3, 2021 August 3, 2021
  • 12:00

As global equities overcame inflationary fears and continued an upward trend, Canadian pension plan investment returns increased during the second quarter of 2021, with the median plan returning 4.1 per cent, according to Northern Trust Canada’s pension universe. “The course of the pandemic has certainly taught us attributes about strength and adaptation, fundamentals we can […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 26, 2021 July 26, 2021
  • 09:15

Canadian investors and advisors were skeptical about cryptocurrency in the second quarter of 2021, according to a new quarterly survey by Horizons ETF Management Inc. Canadian investors and investment advisors are more bearish about cryptocurrency than any other measured asset class. As part of the survey, Canadian investors and investment advisors were asked to rate […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 22, 2021 July 23, 2021
  • 12:30
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Canadian equities were the worst performing traditional asset category in the first quarter, according to a report that sizes up the financial impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic and concurrent decline in world oil prices during the first three months of 2020. The CIBC Mellon report says Canadian equities had a first-quarter median return of […]

The University of Toronto Asset Management Corp. has earned a 13 per cent return on its pension portfolio for 2019, and a 12.9 per cent return on its endowment portfolio, net of all fees and expenses. While the 2019 results were strong, and beat the university’s target return of 6.2 per cent, they lagged the […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 27, 2020 December 13, 2020
  • 09:43
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Canadian defined benefit pension plans maintained their solvency levels through the second quarter of 2019, according to Mercer’s latest pension health index. The index, which represents the solvency ratio of a hypothetical plan, reached 106 per cent as of June 30, 2019, an increase from 102 per cent at the year’s outset. The current solvency […]

The final quarter of 2018 was choppy for pension managers’ pooled funds as they posted a median return of negative 5.6 per cent, contributing to the year’s overall median return of negative 2.7 per cent, according to Morneau Shepell Ltd.’s pension performance universe. “The bond market posted a positive return of 1.4 per cent for 2018,” said Jean […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 28, 2019 January 12, 2021
  • 10:28
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On Thursday November 8, the European Commission published its 2018 Autumn Economic forecast, predicting that in 2019 Italy’s deficit will increase to 2.9 per cent of GDP and in 2020 it is projected to reach 3.1 per cent of GDP. This would put Italy offside with EU Stability and Growth Pact’s deficit limit of three […]

Institutional investors turning to equities, global markets in 2021

Defined benefit pensions maintain positive growth at the start of 2017.

  • May 16, 2017 January 20, 2021
  • 11:25
Canadian DB plans up 5.3% in 2016: report

Northern Trust report says rising bond yields helped plan sponsor funding levels.