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AGA Benefit Solutions is acquiring Vancouver-based Aptus Benefits Inc., a group benefits and retirement consultancy with expertise in collectively bargained plans and executive disability programs. Private equity firm Novacap will finance the acquisition, which is expected to expand AGA Benefit Solutions’ reach into Western Canada, according to a press release. Read: AGA Benefit Solutions acquiring J&D Benefits […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 9, 2022 September 9, 2022
  • 15:00

Market expansion in 2021 is a priority among Canada’s defined contribution pension consultants, according to a new survey by PIMCO Canada. The inaugural survey, conducted across 12 major DC consulting and advisory firms that serve roughly 2,500 Canadian plan sponsor clients, found up-market expansion and down-market expansion in 2021 were the top strategic priorities among […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 11, 2021 August 10, 2021
  • 09:00
Conte Financial Services, Dickinson & Associates merging

Conte Financial Services Inc. and Dickinson & Associates are merging to become the Prime Benefits Group. The two Ottawa-based employee benefits and pension consulting firms finalized the merger earlier this month. The new firm continues to operate out of Canada’s capital city.  Read: Hub acquires Ontario benefits, HR consulting firm Tony Conte, formerly president of Conte Financial Services, and […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 22, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 15:00
Fees, member communications top priorities for U.S. DC plans in 2020: survey

For the fourth consecutive year, reviewing fees is the most important step defined contribution plan sponsors are taking to improve their fiduciary positions, with fees identified as the main priority for 2020, according to a new survey by U.S.-based investment consulting firm Callan. “With the amount of fee-related project work we see, it’s not surprising […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 10, 2020 November 30, 2020
  • 15:15
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Public pension plans rely on the help of investment advisory firms, but do politics play a role in which firms they choose to work with? A paper co-written by William Beggs, an assistant professor of finance at the University of San Diego School of Business and Thuong Harvison, a PhD candidate at the University of […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 7, 2019 January 6, 2021
  • 09:27
Consistent communication key to mitigating member panic amid market volatility

With markets showing signs of potential extreme volatility in recent weeks, how can employers address the many questions that arise from pension plan members? When speaking to members, consultants usually emphasize advice on asset allocation based on age and risk tolerance. Many members aren’t honest in their responses, often overstating their tolerance for risk because markets are typically on the rise. […]

  • March 19, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 16:00