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Monetary policy no longer the best tool for supporting economic growth

The days of monetary policy as the most effective tool for stimulating the economy are over, as central banks around the world are increasingly limited in the measures they can implement, according to AllianceBernstein’s chief global economist. “The ability for central banks to do more is constrained, particularly in . . . Europe and Japan,” where banks have set incredibly […]

Equity markets, macro indicators playing tug of war

Heading into 2020, institutional investors are eyeing the disconnect between gloomy macroeconomic indicators and strong equity market performance. Leading indications in both North American and European economies have been trending down all year, with global gross domestic product growth forecasts in a slump, said Alec Young, managing director of global markets research at FTSE Russell, during a […]

Will Canadian capital markets disappoint investors in 2020?

While a recession may not be likely, institutional investors can expect dampened performance in many capital markets heading into 2020, according to Bill Yun, executive vice-president at Franklin Templeton’s multi-asset solutions business, at an event in Toronto on Tuesday. Forward-looking expectations for capital markets from Canadian government bonds to emerging market equities are all in […]

Will pensions survive another round of quantitative easing?

When central banks took on the challenge of saving a drowning global economy during the 2008 financial crisis, pension plans appeared to have plenty to be thankful for. However, as the U.S. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank embark on their latest round of monetary stimulus, these policy changes mean pension plans are now […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 10, 2019 November 30, 2020
  • 09:00
What global growth headwinds are investors focusing on?

Depressed bond yields are stoking institutional investor concerns over global growth prospects for the coming year. “We’ve seen a similar pattern across the world,” said Alec Young, managing director of global markets research at FTSE Russell, in a webinar on Tuesday. Alongside struggling yields, other leading economic indicators, including U.S. manufacturing data, have markets increasingly worried. However, […]

Head to head: Do hedge funds make sense for Canadian pension plans?

While some pension fund managers swear by hedge funds, others would never sink in a single cent. After the 2008 financial crisis turned some investors sour, is it time to give hedge funds a second chance? Colin Spinney, treasurer at Dalhousie University: The Dalhousie pension plan once had a stand-alone allocation to hedge funds, or […]

How will Boris Johnson as PM affect institutional investors?

As institutional investors continue to wait for Brexit, will anything change as Boris Johnson becomes prime minister? Mere months ago, the consensus was Britain would most likely manage some kind of deal to accompany Brexit, but Johnson’s harder stance on Europe changes the rules of engagement. “Already, you’re seeing the financial impact,” says Talbot Babineau, […]

Geopolitics becoming a primary market driver for institutional investors

Global protectionism appears to be here for the long game. While investors may not want to start playing defence just yet, it might be time to start practicing again. In it’s mid-year outlook, the BlackRock Investment Institute noted risk reduction, including elevating the levels of cash in a portfolio, would be a prudent measure given the […]

Sounding Board: Factoring CPP, inflation in retirement plan design

Inflation must be taken into account when designing both plan sponsor and government retirement programs because, over time, it will undermine purchasing power. In terms of recruiting and retaining employees, workplace retirement plans are important, but they also represent a significant cost for employers. Inflation-adjusted government pension programs can help lower these costs. But plan sponsors and […]

  • July 12, 2019 November 30, 2020
  • 09:00
Long-term disability claims expected to fall in 2019: research

Long-term disability claims are expected to fall by 3.6 per cent in 2019 compared to 2018 due to a slowing Canadian economy, according to research by RBC Insurance Services Inc. Since LTD claims impact both employees and business owners, knowing where these trends are headed can help employers plan for and manage costs related to claims and ensure they have adequate […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 10, 2019 September 13, 2019
  • 16:00