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Canada’s Maple 8 — the country’s largest eight public pension plans that manage a total of about $2 trillion in assets — use similar governance structures to consistently deliver strong returns. Pension systems around the world are difficult to manage, said Sebastien Betermier, an associate professor of finance at the Desautels Faculty of Management at […]

The Pension Fund Coalition is publishing a set of generic contracts aimed to help plan sponsors in establishing minimum environmental, social and governance criteria with asset managers. The model contracts are designed to be flexible across a range of scenarios, approaches and asset classes, according to a press release, which noted although the coalition is […]

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  • May 19, 2022 May 18, 2022
  • 08:55

Canada’s pension plans are well positioned to succeed in a high inflation environment though stagflation remains a significant threat, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings. “The maturing nature of participant bases increases pension funds’ reliance on investment returns, as contributions and income from active members may be outpaced by benefits paid to a […]

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Canadian pension plans are the most transparent in the world, according to a new report by Top1000funds.com and CEM Benchmarking Inc. The report, which uses data from public disclosures of pension plans in 15 countries, also ranked the five largest pension plans in each country in terms of the transparency of performance, costs and responsible […]

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  • April 14, 2022 April 13, 2022
  • 09:00
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India’s finance minister is calling on Canada’s pension plans to invest in infrastructure projects in the world’s most populous democracy. This week, Mary Ng, Canada’s minister of international trade, export, small business and economic development met with Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s minister of finance, to exchange views on opportunities to further economic cooperation between the two […]

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  • March 15, 2022 March 15, 2022
  • 10:15

Years before his late-career rebirth as nemesis to former U.S. President Donald Trump, Robert Muller coined a phrase that went down in history among cybersecurity experts. “I am convinced that there are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked and those that will be,” said the then Federal Bureau of Investigation director […]

Canada’s $4 trillion pension sector could enjoy immense commercial benefits by aligning with the transition to net-zero emissions and helping to mobilize $140 billion of low carbon investments per year, according to a new report by Corporate Knights, the Natural Step Canada and the Smart Prosperity Institute. It found Canada’s 12 largest pension fund managers […]

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  • November 10, 2021 November 11, 2021
  • 09:00
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Canada ranks 12th out of 43 countries for its pension system, according to a new report by Mercer and the CFA Institute. The countries in the report were ranked on the adequacy and integrity of their pension systems and the sustainability of pension investments. Overall, Canada received a grade of 69.8 — 8.8 points above the […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 21, 2021 October 21, 2021
  • 12:00

The images of floods, forest fires and heat waves over the past few years is putting climate change front of mind for many, including pension plan sponsors and administrators. It’s become increasingly clear that environmental, social and governance factors are emerging as an important area of concern for pension plan administrators and, by extension, the […]

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan are among the 20 largest pension funds in the world in terms of assets under management, according to a new report from the Thinking Ahead Institute. The not-for-profit investment research organization’s report, which was based on figures from the end of 2020, ranked […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 9, 2021 September 9, 2021
  • 12:20