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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 […]

Defined contribution plan members are contending with volatile equity markets, ultra-low interest rates and the threat of inflation as the country’s economy begins its tentative recovery. In the first half of 2020, equities took an almost round trip, dropping significantly in the first quarter and recovering to the point that most markets are in neutral […]

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The Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan is well-known for its liability-driven investing strategy, which helped it successfully weather the 2008 financial crisis. During the coronavirus fallout, in an era of historically low interest rates, the HOOPP is working on developing LDI 2.0. “We’re very focused on liabilities, but what you do when interest rates are […]

How can pension plans position for potential deflationary or inflationary scenarios?

With so much uncertainty on the horizon, should pension plan sponsors be preparing to operate in a deflationary or inflationary environment? In the short term, the economic environment will be deflationary, says Hugh O’Reilly, executive in residence at the Global Risk Institute, noting demand is down because people are staying home and not spending. “And […]

OMERS considering shared-risk indexing, expanded eligibility to non full-time workers

Canada’s inflation rate turned negative in April as the economy came to a standstill in the first full month of the pandemic as part of a spending shift that a top central banker says may signal further changes in consumption patterns post-COVID-19. Statistics Canada said Wednesday the consumer price index for April fell 0.2 per […]

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Is China Headed for A Hard Landing?

New paper from HKIMR looks at the risk of deflation

  • September 8, 2016 September 13, 2019
  • 09:47
Abenomics bets on Japanese ETFs

In 2013, the two top-selling ETFs both invest in Japan.

  • May 16, 2013 September 13, 2019
  • 15:26
What’s Your Deflation Hedge?

History shows inflation isn't the only risk out there.

  • April 26, 2012 September 13, 2019
  • 15:58
Lack of Inflation Baffles Economists

Are we caught in a liquidity trap?

  • July 13, 2011 September 13, 2019
  • 14:24