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Despite several bumps in the decade since the 2008/09 financial crisis, the swift and brutal crash in global equity prices when the coronavirus was declared a pandemic sent pension investors reaching for their playbooks to implement defensive strategies to mitigate the damage. “People have worked very hard at just acting on the set strategies that […]


U.S. public pension funds can expect to see hurdles from the coronavirus crisis similar to those experienced in past recessions, according to a new report by Cerulli Associates. In the past two recessions, public plans saw a decrease in their funded statuses. “According to survey data gathered form the National Association of State Retirement Administrators, […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 10, 2020 December 6, 2020
  • 08:04

In the current market environment, there may be good reasons for investors to consider increasing their portfolio’s allocations to cash, according to a new report by Mercer. At the end of August 2019, cash yielded more than long bonds, says Dave Makarchuk, partner and Western Canada wealth business leader at Mercer, noting Canadian 91-day treasury […]


Well-governed boards have greater international diversification and lower cash holdings, according to a working paper by Carolina Salva and Nadège Bregnard from the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. “Why would pension fund board governance shape asset allocations?” the paper asked. “In our view, asset allocations are potentially associated to board inefficiencies that can arise when […]


Via Rail’s defined benefit plan is maturing, with about 70 per cent of liabilities tied to retirees or deferred members. To adapt to this changing demographic trend in the current interest rate environment, the plan has changed its investment approach and doubled its allocations to cash, says François Quinty, director of investment management at Via […]

OPB Reports 97% Funded Status

Plan posts an increase of nearly two percentage points compared to last year’s return.

Institutions Get Ready for Reflation

BlackRock survey shows big decrease in cash, equity holdings.

Following the Dead Money

How the corporate cash mountain is killing the economy.

  • December 19, 2012 September 13, 2019
  • 16:07
The Real Risks of Money Market Funds

Investors should know many a fund has broken the buck in the past.

  • July 18, 2012 September 13, 2019
  • 09:31
The High Cost of Risk Aversion

Nothing for money and your cheques for free.

  • August 18, 2011 September 13, 2019
  • 13:11