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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

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

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.

Top Asset Classes in 2015

When it comes to new institutional money, which asset classes pulled in the most in 2015?

  • May 18, 2016 September 13, 2019
  • 16:37
Canadian Managers Bullish on Emerging Markets

And they're less interested in domestic equities.

  • By: Staff
  • October 2, 2012 September 13, 2019
  • 20:18
Canada’s DB Plans Down 1.1%

Canadian equities let pension funds down in Q2