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While all environmental, social and governance factors are increasingly important to Canada’s institutional investors, it’s the social aspect that’s been a key driver of investment choices. David Ryan, executive vice-president of corporate and financial communications at Edelman Canada, says 74 per cent of Canadian institutional investors surveyed in 2020 prioritized social factors over environmental and […]

  • By: Blake Wolfe
  • February 22, 2021 February 22, 2021
  • 09:00

Four in five investors expect the price of gold to rise in 2021, while two out of five expect it to gain at least five per cent, according to the Global Palladium Fund. The fund conducted a survey of investors’ perceptions of precious metal prices. The survey found there’s as much enthusiasm for silver as […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 18, 2021 February 18, 2021
  • 09:00
BCI adopts more stringent ESG expectations for companies it invests in

The British Columbia Investment Management Corp. is raising its environmental, social and governance-related expectations for the publicly-traded companies it invests in. Under its new proxy-voting guidelines, updated every two years, the BCI made several significant changes in relation to diversity and inclusion, climate change and executive compensation. Specifically, the BCI now expects that women will […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 11, 2021 February 16, 2021
  • 10:06

Despite market uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic and a turbulent U.S. presidential election cycle, Canadian defined benefit pension plans ended the year with near double-digit gains, according to a report by the Royal Bank of Canada’s Investor & Treasury Services. Amid the once-in-a-century crisis, market returns in 2020 for retirement assets were 9.2 per […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 2, 2021 February 2, 2021
  • 09:06
32% Canadians delaying retirement due to coronavirus pandemic: survey

While the rollout of vaccines has the world cautiously optimistic about an economic recovery, a Scotiabank survey shows the coronavirus pandemic has Canadians concerned about their retirement future. According to the survey, 72 per cent of Canadians said they’re worried they’re not saving enough for retirement, while one-third (32 per cent) said they won’t be […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 25, 2021 February 16, 2021
  • 10:37
Public sector union pressuring PSP to ‘pull out’ of all long-term care investments

The Public Service Alliance of Canada is reiterating a call for its pension investment manager to divest its ownership in Revera Inc. over the company’s safety record during the coronavirus pandemic, saying the fund should “pull out of the business of long-term care” altogether. The public sector union, which represents 140,000 public sector pension plan […]