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Wages are going up in Canada, with employers projecting an average annual pay increase of 2.5 per cent for next year, according to a new survey by LifeWorks Inc. When excluding organizations that are planning salary freezes, the poll found average salaries are expected to rise 2.7 per cent in 2022. It demonstrates growing confidence […]

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With the price of consumer goods, from hot dogs to houses, rising steadily in Canada, some employers are thinking outside the benefits box to help ease the cost of living burden for employees and provide support beyond raising wages. According to Statistics Canada’s latest consumer pricing report, the inflation rate rose 3.7 per cent on […]

Canada’s consumer price index rose by more than half a per cent in July, reaching 3.7 per cent on a year-over-year basis, according to Statistics Canada. Canadians saw the cost of shelter rise faster than any other spending category outside of gasoline, with real estate prices rising 13.4 per cent year-over-year. Inflation hit new home […]

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  • August 26, 2021 August 26, 2021
  • 11:00

As global equities overcame inflationary fears and continued an upward trend, Canadian pension plan investment returns increased during the second quarter of 2021, with the median plan returning 4.1 per cent, according to Northern Trust Canada’s pension universe. “The course of the pandemic has certainly taught us attributes about strength and adaptation, fundamentals we can […]

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  • July 26, 2021 July 26, 2021
  • 09:15
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Canada’s economy will undergo volatility and inflationary acceleration as the nation recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, warns the governor of the Bank of Canada. “The process of reopening the economy won’t be entirely smooth,” said Tiff Macklem in a speech announcing the release of the central bank’s monetary policy report. “For example, we are experiencing supply […]

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  • July 15, 2021 July 15, 2021
  • 13:00

Almost 16 months since the global coronavirus pandemic was first declared, there’s now yet another thing for institutional investors to worry about — the possibility of inflation. Lately, much has been made of the potential for inflation to emerge given sustained low interest rates and the large deficits that many governments have incurred due to […]

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The funded position for an average Canadian defined benefit pension plan improved slightly during May, with a solvency of 108.2 per cent, according to a new report by LifeWorks Inc. (formerly Morneau Shepell Ltd.) On an accounting basis, it found expenses for the average pension plan had dropped precipitously since the beginning of 2021, at […]

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  • June 10, 2021 June 10, 2021
  • 12:30

A defined benefit pension plan leader rarely gets to work with a “blank canvas,” but Chuck Bruce has taken that unique opportunity and drawn a new way forward for more than 56,000 DB plan members in Newfoundland and Labrador. In late 2014, the province and its five largest unions established Provident10 to administer and oversee […]

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As interest rates return to pre-pandemic levels, fixed income is returning to its role as an equities hedge, according to a webinar on Wednesday hosted by AllianceBernstein Canada Inc. “As we see rates rise back to where they were at the end of 2019, there’s gas in the tank for fixed income to play that […]

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Inflation break-evens at multi-year highs and higher nominal yields are putting some upward pressure on real yields in Canada, according to a new report by FTSE Russell. The firm found first-quarter 2021 performance returns showed a sell-off in government bonds, led by longer U.K., U.S. and Canadian government bonds, as the reflation trade gained momentum. […]

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  • April 13, 2021 April 13, 2021
  • 12:00