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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 […]


Whether it’s battling the challenges of plan maturity, increasing longevity, the changing nature of work or difficult financial markets, these so-called golden handcuffs are looking pretty dented in some cases. But the 10 years following the great financial crisis wasn’t all bad. Many public pension plans, as well as affiliated administrators and investment managers, have […]


With a rough 2020 year-to-date, value investing’s recent poor performance follows over a decade of underperformance, leaving many to ask if it’s still relevant, according to a new white paper by Mercer. Between 1927 and 2008, the average annual value premium was 5.5 per cent, but since then results have been lacklustre. In the 2010s, […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 23, 2020 December 6, 2020
  • 08:08

In legal circles, it has always been thought that crises breed litigation. And while that appears to be the case in the current crisis, it may not have been the case in the global financial crisis of 2008/9, as pointed out in a recent article by Eric Blinderman, the chief executive officer for the U.S. […]

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” The above quote from Charles Dickens aptly describes the current environment for the legal industry. Currently, the world economy and the legal profession are under tremendous financial pressure due to the impact of the novel coronavirus. This has already resulted in layoffs, reduced […]

There are many reasons for pension plans to consider exposure to liquid alternatives, but the first step is understanding the asset class. Simply, liquid alternatives are alternative assets, such as currency, commodities or emerging market debt, which are available in liquid forms, as well as alternative strategies like long-short investment strategies, says Michael Sager, vice-president […]


Looking at South Korea today, it’s hard to believe the country was one of the world’s poorest just a few decades ago. But since the 1960s, its economy has been growing quickly. “In fact, from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, it had one of the highest growth rates in the world, and at times in […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 26, 2019 January 9, 2021
  • 09:38
The role of private credit in the economic cycle

With banks pulling back as suppliers of credit in times of economic downturn, investment funds entering the private credit space can help promote economic resilience and more could be done to facilitate the flow of private money into this space, according to a new paper. The background and motivation for this paper  has to do […]

  • By: Yaelle Gang
  • February 22, 2019 September 13, 2019
  • 08:02
After Dodd-Frank: Be afraid, be very afraid

Regulators' incomplete cure for financial crisis could make it worse.

  • September 11, 2014 September 13, 2019
  • 07:31
The 2008 Wakeup Call

Panel discusses how crisis changed plan sponsors' view of risk management.