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UBC faculty pension plan offers fossil fuel-free investment option

Over the last several years, a small group of faculty members at the University of British Columbia has been calling on its pension plan’s board of trustees to consider divesting from fossil fuels. As support for divestment grew, the board of the UBC faculty pension plan, which is defined contribution, agreed to assess whether there […]

How the Saskatchewan Pension Plan helps members through retirement

The Saskatchewan Pension Plan is improving investment choice for members in the accumulation phase and introducing new options to help them through decumulation as well. Leading up to retirement, SPP members are defaulted into a balanced fund, which has been in place since the plan started in 1986. In 2010, it introduced a short-term fund, […]

What do target-date funds have in common with automobiles?

At Benefits Canada‘s 2020 DC Plan Summit in Montreal in February, in a session highlighting innovations in target-date funds, Gary Chateram, former vice-president of institutional sales at Fidelity Investments, drew parallels to the progress in the automobile industry. When the original concept for target-date funds was filed in 1995, it wasn’t widely accepted, he said, noting […]

Using creativity to engage employees with pensions

When is the best time to tell your employees about how good your pension plan is? “Before someone else tells them about theirs,” said Keith Baker, payroll and benefits manager at the U.K. arm of Starr Companies, during a session at Benefits Canada‘s 2020 DC Plan Summit in Montreal in February. Sharing his organization’s overhaul […]

Canadian defined contribution plans offer a range of investment choices, from a single balanced fund, in some cases, to more than 25 options. Douglas Anderson, corporate services officer at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario: As a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s pension committee, I believe in offering […]

How to drive DC plan members into the default investment option

If most defined contribution pension plan members who invest their own money underperform those who invest through professionally managed options, how can plan sponsors encourage more uptake of default options? “By understanding the drivers associated with acceptance of a default investment, plan sponsors and defined contribution plan consultants might have additional success getting more participants […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 15, 2020 November 30, 2020
  • 09:20
Sounding Board: It’s time to take a simpler approach to communicating CAP investments

In the 1970s and early 1980s, defined benefit plan members clamoured for the portability provided by converting their plans to defined contribution arrangements. But that enthusiasm has waned over the years, with the majority of capital accumulation plan members simply not up for the challenge of managing their own investments.  For plan sponsors, concerns also include […]

  • December 2, 2019 November 30, 2020
  • 09:15
Is more investment choice actually good for DC plan members?

While previous research has indicated that defined contribution pension plan members benefit from a limited number of core investment options because it reduces choice overload, is this still true now that automatic enrolment and default funds are becoming more common? According to new research by Morningstar Inc., more investment options in a DC arrangement could […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 20, 2019 November 30, 2020
  • 09:00
Mixing TDFs, other assets in DC plans can ‘diminish’ benefit: report

While target-date funds are intended to be used as a singular option in capital accumulation plans, many defined contribution plan members use them in conjunction with other investments, according to research by Morningstar Inc. The report noted more than 10 million DC participants are potentially in TDFs and other plan investments. “While combining target-date funds with […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 17, 2019 November 30, 2020
  • 09:15

When it comes to defined contribution pension plans, some “big rock” decisions for plan sponsors have the most impact on member outcomes, while other decisions are just not as significant, says Jafer Naqvi, vice-president and director of fixed income and multi-asset at TD Greystone Asset Management. The four big rocks for DC plans are contribution […]