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After years of relatively stable appreciation in global fixed-income and equity markets, investors were thrust into dramatic turbulence in the first quarter of 2020, as COVID-19 sent shockwaves through markets. From Feb. 20 to March 23, the S&P/TSX Composite Total Return Index lost 37.20 per cent of its value in a mere 22 trading days, […]

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 […]

The funded positions of Canadian defined benefit pension plans continued to recover in the third quarter of 2020, but major risks lie ahead, according to both Mercer Canada’s latest pension health index and Aon’s latest median solvency ratio survey. Mercer’s index, which represents the solvency ratio of a hypothetical DB pension plan, increased from 101 […]

  • October 5, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 08:09

Looking at public equity market charts for the year so far, many form a V-shape. In these V-shaped situations of rapid decline followed almost immediately by a strong recovery, two very different investment scenarios can prove beneficial, according to a recent blog by Reka Janosik, vice-president at MSCI Research and Thomas Verbraken, the organization’s executive […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 13, 2020 December 6, 2020
  • 07:45
Webinar: 2020 CAP Member Survey: Retirement savings, financial well-being in the era of coronavirus

The collapse in the equity markets has damaged capital accumulation plan retirement accounts. Governments need to level the playing field between defined benefit plans and CAPs, which include defined contribution plans, registered retirement savings plans and pooled registered pension plans, to assist capital accumulation plan members in rebuilding their retirement accounts. If investments are not […]

  • July 2, 2020 December 6, 2020
  • 08:17

Discovering moments of mispricing is the soul of generating active returns, says Wylie Tollette executive vice-president of client portfolio solutions at Franklin Templeton Investments. But some investors, eager to discover opportunities to add alpha to their portfolio mix, may accidentally harness so many sources that their efforts to diversify actually hinder the benefits of doing […]

OPTrust Boosts Funded Status to 111%

Solid 9.5% return in 2017 lead by public, private equities performance

Hefty Equity Returns Give U.S. Institutions a Boost

Northern Trust data confirms strong gains in 2017

  • By: Staff
  • February 7, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 13:38
Equity Market Performance Strengthens DB Solvency

Mercer report shows good news - but can it last?

Pension Health Index Reveals Level First Quarter

Canadian pensions’ solvency ratio holds steady through Q1.