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British Columbia’s amended definition of provision for adverse deviation will provide additional flexibility to the province’s target-benefit pension plans, according to experts. The changes to the PfAD’s definition lowers the minimum funding requirement to 7.5 per cent and allows a supplementary percentage identified by the target-benefit plan administrator or board as appropriate to achieve the […]

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Canada’s pension plan sponsors have a fiduciary responsibility to consider climate change in their financial decisions, according to Randy Bauslaugh, counsel for pensions and benefits and executive compensation at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, during a webinar hosted by the Canada Climate Law Initiative and the Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute. “The failure of plan administrators and […]

The Pension Investment Association of Canada took issue with some of the recommendations drafted by Ontario’s capital markets modernization task force, specifically those related to proxy advisory firms. The task force published a series of proposals for consultation earlier this year, inviting feedback from the public. In a recent response letter to Walied Soliman, the […]

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  • September 16, 2020 December 5, 2020
  • 07:46

The University of Toronto Asset Management Corp. has earned a 13 per cent return on its pension portfolio for 2019, and a 12.9 per cent return on its endowment portfolio, net of all fees and expenses. While the 2019 results were strong, and beat the university’s target return of 6.2 per cent, they lagged the […]

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  • April 27, 2020 December 13, 2020
  • 09:43

Institutional investors have been rushing into the arms of alternative, less liquid, investments over the past two decades. But there is considerable variation in how major players approach these investments, according to a paper by Kristy Jansen a PhD-student at Tilburg University and Patrick Tuijp, a research affiliate at the University of Amsterdam. In examining […]

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  • November 21, 2019 December 13, 2020
  • 06:26

Danish pension fund, the ATP Group, posted an eye-popping 26.9 per cent net return for its return-seeking investment portfolio in the first half of 2019. This compares to a net return of 2.7 per cent that the fund saw for the first half of 2018 and a negative net return of 3.2 per cent for […]

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  • August 30, 2019 January 9, 2021
  • 09:30

Fund managers’ race appears to play a role in whether they’re selected by asset allocators, such as pension funds, according to a new report. The report, by Illumen Capital and a centre from Stanford University’s department of psychology, found racially diverse teams may face bigger barriers to advancement, even after they’ve established themselves as strong […]

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  • August 19, 2019 January 9, 2021
  • 07:42

Venture capitalists provide value for investors seeking to make allocations to early-stage or emerging firms, according to research from Rustam Abuzov, a PhD candidate at the Swiss Finance Institute and University of Lausanne. “There is a recent movement of pension funds to do direct investments into venture capital, getting rid of the middle man like […]

The Lowdown on Low Returns

C.D. Howe Institute warns pension plans to get ready for low returns.

  • By: Staff
  • October 8, 2015 September 13, 2019
  • 10:17