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Franklin Templeton is entering into a definitive agreement to acquire Putnam Investments from Great-West Lifeco Inc. for about US$925 million. As part of the agreement, Great-West will become a long-term strategic shareholder in Franklin Resources Inc. — Franklin Templeton’s parent company — with a 6.2 per cent stake. In addition, Great-West will will provide an initial long-term […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 1, 2023 June 1, 2023
  • 15:00

Large and small, pension plan sponsors are adopting in-house tools, partnering with technology research institutes or relying on investment managers for technological support with asset allocation, risk management and other aspects of investment management. The growing interest coincides with an increasingly complex investment, demographic and regulatory landscape. A 2020 Deloitte report on the importance of […]

As greater numbers of defined contribution pension plan members ask for environmental, social and governance-friendly investment options, plan sponsors will need to grapple with how to implement these solutions into their target-date funds.  “From some studies that we’ve done, there’s definitely investor demand,” said Michael Greenberg, senior vice-president and portfolio manager at Franklin Templeton Investment Solutions, […]

The University Pension Plan has selected CIBC Mellon to provide asset servicing, investment operations and plan member services, including custody, institutional accounting, performance and analytics, risk, compliance and pension benefit payment services. The jointly sponsored pension plan, which was launched on July 1, currently covers employees at Queen’s University, the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto, with […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 27, 2021 July 26, 2021
  • 09:00

Investment management is an unusual business in that it doesn’t typically offer customers their money back if they’re unsatisfied with the product or service. This seems strange given how easily and objectively we can measure value added or destroyed. Of course, demanding a refund for poor investment performance may be more complicated than returning a […]

During the virtual 2020 Defined Benefit Investment Forum on Thursday, the Canadian Investment Review announced the winners of its inaugural Pension Leadership Awards. The winners are: Investment governance award — Concordia University pension plan Sustainable investing award — Bâtirente  Chief investment officer of the year — Julie Cays, the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology pension plan DC investment […]

  • By: Staff
  • December 7, 2020 April 28, 2021
  • 08:45
Franklin Templeton appoints new SVP of institutional investing for Canada

Franklin Templeton Canada is appointing Andrew Forsyth as senior vice-president of institutional investment services. “We are excited to have Andrew on board to deepen our client relationships in the institutional space, while continuing to serve his current clients,” said Bill Tsotsos, head of institutional investments for Franklin Templeton, in a press release. Read: Franklin Templeton awarded for holistic […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 23, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 15:00
AIMCo hires first chief investment strategy officer, Rabovsky takes Fairwater CIO role

The Alberta Investment Management Corp. is hiring Amit Prakash as its first chief investment strategy officer. “The CISO will specifically focus on ensuring that AIMCo’s investment offerings and platform are in close alignment with the evolving needs of our clients and the changing macro environment,” said the organization in a social media post. Prakash, who joined […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 9, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 08:45
Mark Carney to head ESG, impact investing at Brookfield

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is appointing Mark Carney as vice-chair and head of environmental, social and governance and impact fund investing. Carney is currently the United Nations’ special envoy for climate action and finance, and was formerly governor of the Bank of Canada and the Bank of England. He has long advocated for action on climate change. Read: CPPIB and Brookfield compete […]

Majority of asset owners satisfied with portfolio performance in 2020 so far: survey

Coming out of the fastest market crash in history, asset owners are cautiously optimistic heading into a vastly changed investment landscape, according to a new survey by bfinance. Indeed, 82 per cent of surveyed asset owners, including pension funds, endowments and sovereign wealth funds, said they’re satisfied with how their portfolios have performed so far […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 26, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 09:30