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“There’s been some tremendous innovation in fixed income markets, especially in the last decade. Technology has made transparency and liquidity blossom in areas that have traditionally been very illiquid, such as high-yield,” said Paul Benson, head of efficient beta at Insight Investment, during a session at the Canadian Investment Review’s 2022 Investment Innovation Conference. “Today, […]

When Saskatchewan’s Public Employees Pension Plan’s board introduced alternatives to its investment lineup in 2020 with an aim to improve the defined contribution plan’s risk-adjusted returns through diversification, it wasn’t its first time at the rodeo. The move came after 15 years of experience and comfort with alternatives through the PEPP’s defined benefit companion plan, […]

In 2022, normal was supposed to make a comeback — it didn’t. Just as supply chains began to stabilize, war broke out in Europe, China invaded Taiwan’s waters, inflation skyrocketed and central banks began hiking interest rates. While investments in renewable energy infrastructure reached new highs, economies that had been moving away from fossil fuels […]

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  • October 6, 2022 September 30, 2022
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The climate crisis puts the security of workers’ retirements at stake, said Patrick DeRochie, senior manager at Shift Action for Pension Wealth and Planet Health, during a session at the Canadian Investment Review‘s 2022 Risk Management Conference. Pension plan sponsors’ investment decisions and their ability to achieve adequate returns for their members depends on a […]

Institutional investors’ best laid plans sometimes go awry — especially following global pandemics. During a presentation at the Canadian Investment Review‘s 2022 Risk Management Conference, Marc Gauthier, treasurer and chief investment officer at Concordia University, said the dramatic events shaping the world in the past two years have challenged the university’s carefully designed investment model. […]

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Canada’s defined benefit pension plan sponsors are more concerned about broad-scale climate resilience in portfolios than they were before the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report by the Global Risk Institute and the Smart Prosperity Institute. “It’s increasingly clear that climate change’s impact is accelerating and that’s fuelling a movement toward sustainable finance,” says […]

  • July 21, 2022 July 21, 2022
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The Association of Canadian Pension Management is cautioning the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions on a one-size-fits-all approach to risk management across the diverse sectors regulated by the OSFI. In an open letter responding to a consultation by the OSFI, Ric Marrero, chief executive officer of the ACPM, said such an approach has […]

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  • July 21, 2022 July 20, 2022
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The Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities’ risk management guideline committee is seeking nominations for an industry working group. The committee will draw on the group members’ technical input and expertise in the areas of integrated risk management, according to a press release, which noted participants will be selected from various pension sector categories based on […]

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  • July 14, 2022 July 13, 2022
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The administrator of the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Service Pension Plan is planning a revamp of its information technology governance processes to mitigate cybersecurity risks. “The organization understands the importance of technology in enabling modernization of pension administration service delivery,” wrote Provident10 in the PSPP’s 2021 annual report. “Modernization will advance member and stakeholder experiences, as […]

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Higher long-term bond yields driven by rising interest rates are lowering the cost of annuity purchases for defined benefit pension plans, says Mary Kate Archibald, a principal at Eckler Ltd. Since January, the cost of an annuity purchase has decreased by between 10 and 15 per cent, as long-term bond yields increased from 1.7 to […]