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Defined contribution plan members are contending with volatile equity markets, ultra-low interest rates and the threat of inflation as the country’s economy begins its tentative recovery. In the first half of 2020, equities took an almost round trip, dropping significantly in the first quarter and recovering to the point that most markets are in neutral […]

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Diversified pooled fund managers had a positive second quarter of 2020, posting a median return of 11 per cent before management fees, according to the Morneau Shepell universe of pension manager’s pooled funds. Despite the strong results, the return was 1.2 per cent lower than the benchmark portfolio used by many pension plans. Further, the […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 27, 2020 December 6, 2020
  • 08:00
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West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. isn’t annuitizing multiple defined benefit plans to get out of the pension business. In fact, the British Columbia-based integrated wood products company is committed to DB. “We believe we get tremendous value out of our DB plans around recruitment and definitely around retention of our employees,” says Elaine Jensen, the […]

  • By: Yaelle Gang
  • February 20, 2020 December 13, 2020
  • 08:49