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Nearly three-quarters (71 per cent) of Canadian workers say their rising cost of living is increasing faster than their income, according to a survey by Scotiabank. The survey, which polled more than 1,500 employees, found Canadians, on average, worry about their finances for 15 hours a week, up from 10 hours last year. Read: Hydro Ottawa providing […]

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  • February 28, 2024 February 26, 2024
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Nearly 3,000 academic workers at York University are on strike after their union said the university didn’t meet their demand to “address the affordability crisis.” The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3903, which represents contract faculty, teaching and graduate assistants, research assistants and part-time librarians, says picket lines went up at 11 a.m. Academic […]

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The University Pension Plan is launching a new web portal to prioritize plan member engagement throughout the year. “Transparency is an important value to our members,” says Joanna Lohrenz, the plan’s chief pension services officer, noting the website will provide members with account details and allow them to update their personal information, run a pension […]

The vast majority (89 per cent) of U.S. employees say they’d be more likely to continue working for an employer that offered a retirement plan, according to a new survey by Vestwell Holdings Inc. The survey, which polled more than 1,200 workers, found a similar percentage (89 per cent) expressed some level of interest in […]

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  • February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024
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The average rate of contribution by U.S. Black and Hispanic workers to employer-sponsored retirement plans is roughly 40 per cent lower than that of white workers, according to a new working paper by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management. The paper examined responses from more than 12 million respondents aged 24 to […]

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  • February 21, 2024 February 20, 2024
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For its second annual Pension Awareness Day on Feb. 15, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario is holding information sessions for its employees to learn more about their pension plan. Even people who actually have an employer-sponsored pension plan aren’t aware of the value of those benefits, says Andrew Fung, executive vice-president of pensions […]

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Slightly more than a third (35 per cent) of working Canadians aged 50 and older say they can afford to retire when they want, according to a new report by the Toronto Metropolitan University’s National Institute on Ageing. The survey, which polled more than 5,800 Canadians aged 50 and older, found two-fifths (39 per cent) said […]

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  • February 9, 2024 February 8, 2024
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The Quebec government’s removal of the maximum annual amount that can be paid to people aged 55 and older with a variable benefit account tied to a defined contribution pension plan or with a life income fund is part of a broader push to provide retirees with more flexibility to draw on their locked-in retirement savings […]

Since decreased cognition can impact retirees’ ability to make sound decisions, the Canadian Union of Public Employees urges its members to discuss financial matters with their families long before exiting the workforce. “If we wait until we’re in distress, we either make very bad decisions or we don’t make any decisions at all, which can […]

More than two-fifths (45 per cent) of U.S. defined contribution pension plan sponsors say they’re considering implementing emergency savings features, according to a survey from MFS Investment Management. The survey, which polled 1,000 DC plan members and more than 140 plan sponsors, found nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of plan sponsors said they’d take […]

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  • January 23, 2024 January 23, 2024
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