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Despite concerns about global economic headwinds, the Bank of Canada’s successful efforts to curb inflation is capturing the attention of institutional investors, says Kathrin Forrest, a Toronto-based equity investment specialist at Capital Group Inc. “It’s surprised market participants,” says Forrest, referring to the central bank’s Oct. 26 decision to increase interest rates for the sixth […]

Canada’s defined benefit pension plans improved on both a solvency basis and an accounting basis in October, according to a new report by LifeWorks Inc. The monthly pension indices report found the average Canadian DB pension plan saw its solvency ratio rise to 103.2 per cent, up 3.1 per cent from the previous month. On […]

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  • November 8, 2022 November 8, 2022
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The value of a typical Canadian defined benefit pension plan’s assets declined in September, according to LifeWorks Inc.’s latest monthly report. An investment portfolio designed to mimic typical Canadian DB portfolios saw its assets shrink by 2.8 per cent over the month. The value of the benchmark portfolio, which is composed of 50 per cent […]

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  • October 11, 2022 October 7, 2022
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Why should defined benefit pension plans invest in Canadian equity markets at all? It’s a question many DB plan sponsors began asking themselves in the mid-1990s. At that time, the federal government removed foreign content limitations on pension plans and again, later, when it made similar changes for individual registered retirement savings plans. These regulatory […]

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The second quarter of 2022 proved difficult for Bâtirente’s diversified funds, according to the organization’s investment strategy manager. “As was the case in the first quarter, Bâtirente’s diversified funds experienced a difficult second quarter performance . . . [with losses correlating with] their risk profile,” said Jean-François Dumais, in a press release. The five diversified […]

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  • August 30, 2022 August 30, 2022
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The value of a typical Canadian defined benefit pension plan’s assets improved in July, according to LifeWorks Inc.’s latest monthly report. An investment portfolio designed to mimic typical Canadian DB portfolios saw its assets grow by 5.4 per cent over the month. The value of the benchmark portfolio, which is composed of 50 per cent […]

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  • August 9, 2022 August 9, 2022
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Canadian defined benefit pension plans’ assets experienced losses of 8.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2022, bringing year-to-date total returns to negative 14.7 per cent, according to a new report by RBC Investor and Treasury Services. It was the most significant decline since the third quarter of 2008, when assets also fell by 8.6 […]

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  • August 2, 2022 July 29, 2022
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The median Canadian defined benefit pension plan’s investments declined 8.8 per cent during the second quarter of 2022, according to a new report by Northern Trust Canada. The report draws from the Northern Trust Canada universe, which tracks the performance of Canadian DB plans. It also found the median plan’s investments were down 14.5 per cent […]

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  • July 28, 2022 July 28, 2022
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The British Columbia Investment Management Corp. generated returns of 7.4 per cent during the year ending on March 21, 2022, according to its annual report. During the year, the investment organization’s net assets surpassed the $200-billion mark, rising from $199.6 billion to $211.1 billion. The results were hampered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and […]

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  • July 21, 2022 July 21, 2022
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How commuted-value calculation changes will impact lump-sum DB pension payments

The value of a typical Canadian defined benefit pension plan’s assets declined in June, according to LifeWorks Inc.’s latest monthly report. An investment portfolio designed to mimic typical Canadian DB portfolios saw its assets decline by 5.4 per cent over the month. The benchmark portfolio is composed of 50 per cent equities and 50 per […]