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The funding status and confidence of Canadian defined benefit pension plans declined in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic and a low interest-rate environment, according to a new survey from RBC Investor & Treasury Services. It found among 122 respondents, 50 per cent reported their plans were fully funded on a going-concern basis, down significantly from […]

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  • March 5, 2021 March 5, 2021
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The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is acquiring a 40 per cent stake in Caruna, Finland’s largest electricity supplier. The pension will acquire a 20 per cent stake in the utility from First Sentier Investors and in a separate transaction, the Ontario Teachers’ and investment firm KKR & Co. Inc. will jointly acquire a 40 per cent holding […]

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  • March 4, 2021 March 4, 2021
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Employee share purchase plans weathering the pandemic despite market dips

Canada’s largest pension plans are reporting mixed financial results from a year marked by the coronavirus pandemic. The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec reported a 7.7 per cent return on its depositors’ funds in 2020, representing $24.8 billion in investment results. As at Dec. 31, 2020, the Caisse’s net assets totalled $365.5 billion, up […]

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  • March 4, 2021 March 4, 2021
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The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec posted a return of 7.7 per cent in 2020, below its benchmark index of 9.2 per cent as the investment fund plans changes to its portfolio in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The investment fund’s performance was dragged down by real-estate investments, which suffered during the pandemic. The Caisse’s […]

The Investment Management Corp. of Ontario is launching its second structured pool of assets, the IMCO Global Public Equity pool, valued at $17.3 billion. Read: IMCO launching first structured pool of assets The investment manager launched its first structured pooled fund in November 2020. “In a short period of time, IMCO has made tremendous progress on our […]

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  • March 2, 2021 March 2, 2021
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The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is acquiring The Carlyle Group’s majority stake in Logoplaste, a Portugal-based rigid plastic packaging designer and manufacturer of items. Logoplaste’s products are used by a wide range of global blue-chip clients and its business model centres on the development of strong and long-standing partnerships with customers through dedicated facilities, fully […]

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  • March 2, 2021 March 3, 2021
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The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is appointing John Graham (pictured) as its new chief executive officer, following the resignation of Mark Machin. Graham was previously the global head of credit investments at the CPPIB, preceded by roles in both the total portfolio management group and in private investments. Prior to joining the CPPIB, he […]

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The market value of assets held by Canadian employer pension plans increased to $2.12 trillion in the third quarter of 2020, according to a new report by Statistics Canada. It found while private sector assets saw a year-over-year increase of 4.6 per cent to $654.3 billion, public sector assets nearly reached $1.47 trillion. Stocks posted the largest increase at […]

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  • February 25, 2021 February 25, 2021
  • 10:00
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The British Columbia Investment Management Corp. is committing to five-year climate-related targets for its public markets program. The pension fund is targeting a cumulative $5-billion investment in sustainability bonds and a 30 per cent reduction of carbon exposure in its global public equities portfolio by 2025, according to a press release, which noted the targets […]

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  • February 24, 2021 February 25, 2021
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Canada’s pension system was ranked first overall among 15 countries in the Global Pension Transparency Benchmark. It ranked Canadian funds first in governance, citing the “global reputation for superior performance and governance excellence” of Canada’s five largest funds, namely the British Columbia Investment Management Corp., the Caisse de depot et placement du Québec, the Canada […]

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  • February 23, 2021 February 24, 2021
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