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The recent pressure put on Canadian pensions plans from private managers and governments to re-discover an investment home bias has been met with little enthusiasm, despite special interest by both federal and provincial governments to potentially tap pension fund capital for infrastructure given that current expenditure eats up a large share of the budget. Infrastructure […]

An article on Eastman Kodak Co.’s plans to outsource management of its pension assets was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com. Here are the top five human resources, benefits, pension and investment stories of the week: 1. Kodak outsourcing US$1.6TN of pension assets to maximize overfunded status 2. OMERS returns 4.6% for 2023, driven by equities, fixed income […]

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  • March 8, 2024 March 7, 2024
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Three of Canada’s largest pension plans are among the top 10 pension funds that generated the largest compound annualized returns between 2013 and 2022, according to a report by data platform Global SWF. The report, which measured the compound annual growth rate of pension funds’ single-year investment returns between fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2022, found […]

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  • February 14, 2024 February 14, 2024
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The House of Commons Special Committee studying Canada-China relations is calling on the federal government to bar Canadian pension funds from investing in Chinese companies linked to human rights abuses or that pose a threat to national security. In a report released last month, the special committee noted the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and […]

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  • January 4, 2024 January 3, 2024
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A story on how the federal government is considering ending Canada’s ’30 per cent rule’ was the most-read investment story on BenefitsCanada.com this year. Here are the 10 most popular investment news stories of 2023: 1. Feds consider end of ‘30% rule’ for pensions, propose EI adoption benefit: fall economic statement 2. Uptick in U.S. commercial office real estate […]

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  • December 21, 2023 December 21, 2023
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The value of Canadian trusteed pension funds’ assets rose by $40.9 billion — roughly two per cent — in the first quarter of 2023 to $2.2 trillion, according to a new report by Statistics Canada. Within trusteed plans, public sector assets grew five per cent to $1.7 trillion, while private sector assets increased to $451 billion. Total revenue decreased […]

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  • October 10, 2023 October 10, 2023
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The days of Canadian institutional investors dismissing domestic opportunities for international ones may be over, according to a new research note. In the note, Ian de Verteuil, managing director of equity, markets research and global markets at CIBC Capital Markets, predicted pension funds in Canada have ended a period of shifting their assets to international […]

Despite recent uptick in U.S. commercial office real estate landlords defaulting on their loans, the chances of the same trend moving north of the border is low, says Jim Clayton, professor and Timothy R. Price chair in real estate and infrastructure with the Schulich School of Business at York University. Since the onset of the […]

While individual pension plans have been around since 1991, they aren’t being widely used by the people they’re designed to help and remain poorly understood by the traditional pension sector, says Jean-Pierre Laporte, chief executive officer of Integris Pension Management Corp. “There’s no published statistics, but the last number I heard from a [Canada Revenue […]

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 […]