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The funded ratio of U.S. corporate defined benefit pension plans declined to 98.5 per cent in fiscal 2023 from 99.4 per cent in 2022, according to a new report by Milliman Inc. The report, which reviews the financial disclosures of the 100 largest U.S. public corporate DB plans, found their average return on investments was […]

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  • May 1, 2024 April 30, 2024
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The median solvency ratio of Canadian defined benefit pension plans increased two per cent in the first quarter of 2024, according to a report by Mercer. The report, which tracks more than 450 DB pension plans, found the median solvency ratio grew to 118 per cent, as at March 29, 2024, from 116 per cent […]

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  • April 4, 2024 April 4, 2024
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Eastman Kodak Co. is disbanding a team that manages the firm’s US$1.6 trillion of pension investments and moving its management to Boston-based investment consulting firm NEPC. In a statement, the organization said as at Dec. 31, 2022, the fair value of plan assets was approximately $3.7 billion, with the projected benefit obligation of the plan […]

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  • March 6, 2024 March 5, 2024
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The median solvency ratio of Canadian defined benefit pension plans declined in the fourth quarter of 2023, according to reports by Mercer and Aon. Mercer’s report, which tracked more than 450 DB pension plans, found the median solvency ratio declined to 116 per cent as at Dec. 31, 2023, from its previous high of 125 […]

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  • January 5, 2024 January 5, 2024
  • 09:00
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The funded ratio of the 100 largest U.S. public defined benefit pension plans increased to 76.8 per cent as of July 31, up from 75.8 per cent at the end of June, according to a new report by consulting firm Milliman Inc. It found a second consecutive month of positive market performance drove this result, […]

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  • September 5, 2023 September 1, 2023
  • 12:08
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An article on whether Canada should implement flexible working legislation was the most-read story on BenefitsCanada.com over the last week. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. Should Canada implement flexible working legislation for all workplaces? 2. How DC plan sponsors can prevent a Muslim pension gap 3. How employers can support employees impacted by […]

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  • August 4, 2023 August 3, 2023
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Manitoba’s Teachers’ Retirement Allowances Fund returned negative 0.42 per cent in 2022, exceeding its benchmark return of negative 5.04 per cent. “While we are pleased with these short-term results, our longer-term results are equally favourable,” said Jeff Norton, the TRAF’s president and chief executive officer, in its annual report. “Over the past 20 years to […]

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  • July 31, 2023 July 31, 2023
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Members of the New Brunswick Public Service Pension Plan are receiving a cost-of-living adjustment that doesn’t cover increases in the cost of living in Canada. According to a press release, the $6.6 billion hybrid pension plan’s board of trustees voted to award its 40,000 members with a 5.24 per cent COLA, set to begin on […]

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  • September 8, 2022 September 8, 2022
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The Nova Scotia Public Service Superannuation Plan generated net returns of 5.56 per cent during its latest fiscal year, which ended on March 31, 2022. According to its annual report, the PSSP, a defined benefit pension plan for 41,000 current and former public sector employees in Nova Scotia, saw the value of its assets rise […]

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The importance of risk management isn’t new for the majority of defined benefit pension plan sponsors and administrators. The impact of long-term interest rates, market volatility, changing demographics and increasing longevity, inflation concerns, geopolitical events and other large economic, environmental and social factors are all contributing to the need to manage the financial risks associated […]