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While women are increasingly becoming primary income earners, few women manage their own finances as they near retirement, said Elisha Ribeiro, national sales director for integrated and group retirement services at the Canada Life Assurance Co. (pictured right), during a session at Benefits Canada’s 2024 Defined Contribution Plan Summit in February. “In our 20s, there […]

Financial literacy initiatives and a wide range of capital accumulation plan options are key components in supporting the financial health of midwives, said Nicole Mellin, executive director of the Association of Ontario Midwives Benefits Trust (pictured left), during a session at Benefits Canada’s 2024 Defined Contribution Plan Summit in February. The association provides its roughly […]

Features such as automatic enrolment in 401(k) savings plans are helping U.S. employees become retirement ready, said Mark Iwry, a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a former senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury for national retirement and health policy, during a session at Benefits Canada’s 2024 Defined Contribution Plan […]


While a majority (87 per cent) of U.S. employees believe it’s a good idea to review their workplace retirement savings plan during their company’s open enrolment period, just 44 per cent say they’ll review how much they contribute to their plan, according to a new survey released by Corebridge Financial Inc. The survey, which polled […]

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  • November 13, 2023 November 13, 2023
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Public defined benefit pension plans can play a critical role in delivering adequate retirement income for U.S. retirees, while providing a key buffer against economic hardship for women, the Black, Indigenous and people of colour communities and workers without a college degree, according to a new report by the National Institute on Retirement Security and […]

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  • September 18, 2023 September 18, 2023
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While Canada has had pay equity laws since the 1970s, gender pay gaps still exist, but new pay transparency legislation in British Columbia is aiming to make an impact. Paulette Senior, president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Women’s Foundation The pace of closing the gender pay gap is glacial. All kinds of reports […]


A third (34 per cent) of U.S. women say they don’t have access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan, while a fifth (22 per cent) say they’ve emptied their employer-sponsored retirement account to meet non-retirement expenses, according to a new survey by software company Iralogix Inc. The survey, which polled more than 200 women, found nearly […]

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  • September 14, 2023 September 13, 2023
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At the beginning of April, the OPSEU Pension Trust made a change to a definition in its plan text that will have meaningful implications for plan members with disabled children who need to continue to rely on their parents into adulthood. The organization expanded the definition of a child eligible for survivor benefits to include […]

More than 20 U.K. pension organizations are forming an industry coalition to tackle pension inequalities. The Pensions Equity Group aims to increase the number of people saving enough for their retirement and will call on pension plan sponsors to offer greater support to members. The coalition also seeks to develop a consistent way to measure pension […]

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  • June 5, 2023 June 5, 2023
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The median 401(k) account balance for women is 65 per cent lower compared to men, according to a new survey by T. Rowe Price. The survey, which polled roughly 3,900 401(k) plan members and more than 1,100 retirees, found the median annual contribution for women was 43 per cent less than men. It also found women are […]

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  • March 23, 2023 March 22, 2023
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