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The market value of assets held by Canadian trusteed pension funds decreased 2.9 per cent to $2.21 trillion in the first quarter of 2022, down from $2.27 trillion in the previous quarter, according to new data from Statistics Canada. Within trusteed plans, public sector assets decreased 1.8 per cent to $1.48 trillion, accounting for 79 […]

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  • September 16, 2022 September 16, 2022
  • 15:00

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec generated an average return of negative 7.9 per cent for the first half of 2022. The investment organization reached the mid-year point with $392 billion in net assets, down from $420.2 billion at the end of the previous quarter. This $28.2 billion decrease consisted of a net […]

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  • August 18, 2022 August 17, 2022
  • 09:00

The Ontario Municipal Employees’ Retirement System is investing in an Arizona-based solar energy business. In a deal reached with Clairvest Group Inc., the institutional investor secured a minority stake in NovaSource Power Services, which provides solar panel servicing for industrial and residential customers and manages 20 gigawatts of solar assets. Following the transaction, Clairvest will […]

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  • August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022
  • 12:32

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is reporting net assets of $523 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2023, down from $539 billion at the end of the previous quarter. The $16 billion decrease consisted of a net loss of $23 billion and $7 billion in net transfers from the Canada Pension Plan, according […]

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  • August 15, 2022 August 15, 2022
  • 09:00

While institutional investors are no strangers to established markets such as Europe and the U.S., the world’s emerging and frontier markets can provide diversification and opportunities for lucrative returns. Not surprisingly, events such as the coronavirus pandemic and a shifting geopolitical landscape are influencing these decisions in 2022 and beyond. In recent months, Russia’s invasion […]

Building a defined contribution pension plan’s investment portfolio should incorporate the benefits and drawbacks of various historical regimes to provide a strong foundation, said Ruthann Pritchard, institutional portfolio manager for global asset allocation at Fidelity Investments, during a session at Benefits Canada‘s 2022 DC Plan Summit. “A robust glide path has to consider all of […]

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The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is leading a funding round for a customer engagement software provider. During a US$105 million investment round for CleverTap, a California-based company providing a subscription-based online marketing platform to 1,200 digital consumer brands, the investment organization provided US$75 million. According to a press release, the funds will […]

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  • August 11, 2022 August 10, 2022
  • 12:00

Canada’s defined benefit pension plans saw median returns of negative 7.33 per cent in the second quarter of 2022, according to the BNY Mellon Canadian master trust universe. It found the one-year median return as of June 30, 2022 was negative 8.25 per cent, while the median 10-year annualized return was 7.45 per cent. Among […]

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  • August 4, 2022 August 4, 2022
  • 12:00

With the increased focus on integrating environmental, social and governance factors into pension plans, a new approach by BlackRock Inc. could have a significant impact on many Canadian defined contribution pension plans, group registered retirement savings plans and other types of workplace capital accumulation plans. The money manager recently announced it will be adopting an ESG approach […]

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Despite year-to-date asset losses and historically high levels of inflation, most Canadian defined benefit pension plans are reporting increased funded positions in the second quarter of 2022, according to a report by Mercer Canada. It found the median solvency ratio increased from 108 per cent as at March 31 to 109 per cent as at […]

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  • July 5, 2022 July 4, 2022
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