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The Alberta Investment Management Corp. is increasing its Australian agriculture portfolio with the acquisition of a cattle management company. The transaction will see the AIMCo and its local investment partner New Agriculture take over the Kimberley Cattle Portfolio, which includes Yougawalla Pastoral Co. and Argyle Cattle Co. Details of the transaction haven’t been disclosed. “We […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 5, 2023 December 5, 2023
  • 09:30

Retirees with defined benefit pension plans are less likely to draw down their savings to cover their spending than those with a defined contribution plan, according to a new report by the University of Michigan. It found while most employees born between 1920 and 1940 had access to a DB plan, this percentage dropped dramatically […]

  • By: Staff
  • May 31, 2022 May 30, 2022
  • 09:00

Much has been written about how 2020 was unprecedented, challenging and exhausting — take your pick of adjectives. It was also a white-knuckle ride for many Canadian defined benefit plan sponsors as they watched the funded status of their pension plans plummet sharply and then rebound. Most plans’ funded statuses are now at, or even […]

DB pensions staring down paltry bond returns heading into 2021

Central banks slowing their quantitative easing policies and economic improvements off the back of wide-scale vaccination efforts should both provide bond yields with a modest boost in 2021. But that won’t give defined benefit pension plan sponsors much relief. “You hear the phrase ‘low for long’ and I would agree we’re in an extended period […]

Brink’s Canada workers join CAAT’s DBplus

Brink’s Canada Ltd. is the latest employer to join the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology pension plan’s DBplus offering. Represented by Unifor, 582 full- and part-time workers from Ontario and 175 from British Columbia officially became part of the plan on a go-forward basis effective July 1, 2020. “We are delighted to welcome Brink’s […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 16, 2020 December 5, 2020
  • 07:38
How CN Rail pension, ATRF tackled liquidity as markets crashed

When the coronavirus pushed equity markets off a cliff, Canadian defined benefit pension plans had to mobilize to address a number of concerns. The Canadian National Railway Co. pension recently shifted towards a more defensive investment strategy, said Marlene Puffer, president and chief executive officer for the CN investment division of the company, at a […]

1 in 4 plans now have more than 100% solvency

  • February 13, 2018 January 20, 2021
  • 11:40
Solvency Ratios Dip in Q2

Aon survey shows DB plans struggling with low asset returns and poor Canadian equity performance.

U.S., and global, pension funds looking at Canadian model for investment practices.

  • April 6, 2017 January 20, 2021
  • 12:14
U.S. Retirement Assets Surpass $25 Trillion Mark

New study also shows DC is the fastest growing segment