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Despite several bumps in the decade since the 2008/09 financial crisis, the swift and brutal crash in global equity prices when the coronavirus was declared a pandemic sent pension investors reaching for their playbooks to implement defensive strategies to mitigate the damage. “People have worked very hard at just acting on the set strategies that […]

Learn more about the Risk Management Award finalists

The Canadian Investment Review’s Risk Management Award will go to a pension plan that has successfully implemented a robust approach to its risk management function. This can include implementing de-risking or re-risking or it can showcase day-to-day processes in place for risk management in pension plan investments. Highlights about the three finalists are available below: […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 30, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 08:06
Nav Canada, Goodyear Canada share experiences with LDI in low interest rate world

Despite the low interest rate environment, it still makes sense for defined benefit pension plan sponsors to adopt a liability-driven investment strategy, said Serge Lapierre, global head of LDI at Manulife Investment Management, during a webinar sponsored by the firm on Monday. LDI investing is a risk management framework, he noted. “It’s not an asset […]


Many asset classes, including private equity, have been hammered by the coronavirus fallout, but opportunities still exist in the primary middle market for a variety of structural reasons, according to a new report by Capital Dynamics. Specifically, it noted that primary private equity fund managers deploy capital over three to five years, which avoids the […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 7, 2020 December 6, 2020
  • 08:45

Although the Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities’ has yet to release its draft 2019-2022 strategic plan publicly, the Pension Investment Association of Canada has released comments on the draft. Specifically, the PIAC highlighted its support for finalizing an agreement respecting multi-jurisdictional pension plans as an appropriate top priority for the CAPSA. It also encouraged […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 27, 2019 January 10, 2021
  • 08:27

The Pension Investment Association of Canada responded positively to a recent update from the Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities’ leverage working group. The PIAC agreed with the CAPSA that pension plans are using leverage more commonly and intensively. Further, it noted a recent development to find leverage being used at the fund level, as leverage has […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 18, 2019 January 12, 2021
  • 09:00

The Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities has released an update on pension plans using leverage. “What makes it of particular interest to pension regulators now, is that it is being used more commonly and more intensively by pension plans, principally as a component of investment strategies aimed at achieving better asset-liability matching (through higher […]

Increasing exposure to less liquid, alternative assets like infrastructure, real estate and private equity hasn’t created difficulty for Canadian pensions in repaying creditors, according to a report by Moody’s Corp. As pension portfolios have increased their allocations to alternatives, with these assets now making up close to 40 per cent of Canadian plan’s investments, concerns around liquidity […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 15, 2018 January 13, 2021
  • 08:45
A look at how Canadian pension funds are using leverage

In February, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board flipped the script on fixed income by issuing its own bonds rather than purchasing them. The move to issue one billion euros’ worth of 15-year bonds at a 1.5 per cent fixed annual coupon marked the second time it had released euro-denominated bonds. In June 2017, it […]

Watch out for the Chinese Whale

China seeks to limit investment flows to world’s biggest money fund.