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The average funded ratio of the top private sector defined benefit pension plans in the U.S. dipped for the first time since September 2020, according to a new index by actuarial firm Milliman. The index, which tracks the funded ratio of the 100 top-performing U.S. private sector DB plans, saw the average ratio dip to […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 29, 2021 July 29, 2021
  • 11:45

As global equities overcame inflationary fears and continued an upward trend, Canadian pension plan investment returns increased during the second quarter of 2021, with the median plan returning 4.1 per cent, according to Northern Trust Canada’s pension universe. “The course of the pandemic has certainly taught us attributes about strength and adaptation, fundamentals we can […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 26, 2021 July 26, 2021
  • 09:15

In case you missed it, a recent legal opinion by pension lawyer Randy Bauslaugh suggested plan sponsors might be personally liable for failing to consider risks posed by climate change in the institutional investment decision-making process. Bauslaugh’s paper connected the dots between the current evidence on the materiality and urgency of the financial implications of climate change and the recent reflection of this […]

Members of the Pension Investment Association of Canada saw their managed assets grow by 7.4 per cent in 2020, according to a new report. In its defined benefit asset mix report covering 2020, the PIAC found its members’ DB pensions grew by 7.4 per cent, from $2.286 trillion to $2.454 trillion, over the course of […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 15, 2021 July 15, 2021
  • 09:00

Colleges and Institutes Canada is the latest employer to join the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology’s DBplus pension plan. The organization, which is the voice of Canada’s colleges, Collèges d’enseignement général et professionnel, polytechnics and institutes, works with employers, governments and stakeholders, as well as helping partners around the world transform their education systems. CICan’s […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 6, 2021 July 5, 2021
  • 09:00

If there was a Hall of Fame for catastrophic years, 2020 would be a certainty for admission, with Canada among many nations around the globe struggling through a sickening cycle of coronavirus pandemic waves, interrupted only by economic and societal lockdowns. But take a look at the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology pension plan’s […]

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The New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization, the Ontario Dental Association and its subsidiary Accerta are joining the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology’s DBplus pension plan. The not-for-profit organization, dental association and health-care program administrator all recently transferred to the pension plan from group registered retirement savings plans. “The talent that we’re trying to attract typically […]

Two executives at the Pennsylvania-based Public School Employees Retirement System have survived an effort by trustees to oust them from their positions due to investment underperformance. On June 11, PSERS’ executive director Glen Grell and chief investment officer James Grossman were spared being put to a vote of no confidence after the vote was removed […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 15, 2021 June 15, 2021
  • 11:00
NL’s College of Physicians and Surgeons latest employer to join DBplus pension

At the end of March 2020, Newfoundland and Labrador had $4.89 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, including unfunded liability and promissory notes, according to a report released last week by the premier’s economic recovery team. Added to the province’s $3.29 billion in unfunded liability related to employee benefits, this results in financial exposure of $8.18 […]

The recent announcement that General Motors of Canada Co. purchased $1.8 billion of annuities for its salaried pension plan is creating a lot of excitement. GM Canada joins a growing list of plan sponsors who’ve purchased sizeable annuities in the last few years: Stelco Inc. ($885 million), Alcoa Corp. ($750 million), Rio Tinto Group ($560 […]