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The average Canadian defined benefit pension plan generated a median return of 8.4 per cent for the fourth quarter of 2023, according to a report by Northern Trust Corp. The report, which tracks DB plans within the Northern Trust Canada universe, found the average Canadian DB plan ended the year with a median 10 per cent return. […]

  • By: Staff
  • February 8, 2024 February 7, 2024
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The average Canadian defined benefit pension plan posted returns of 8.2 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2023, according to RBC Investor Services. It found the average Canadian DB plan ended 2023 with a 9.1 per cent return, a significant increase from negative 10.3 per cent in 2022. Read: Average Canadian DB pension plan returns […]

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  • February 1, 2024 February 1, 2024
  • 15:00
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While the funded position of a typical defined benefit pension plan increased on a solvency basis in November, it decreased on an accounting basis in that period, according to the latest pension index from Telus Health. It found the solvency of the average DB plan rose to 109.1 per cent in November, up from 108.2 […]

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  • January 22, 2024 January 19, 2024
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The Pension Investment Association of Canada will concentrate its legislative advocacy efforts on funding reform in 2024, including for an overhaul of long-term, minimum funding regulations for federally regulated defined benefit pension plans, said David Lawson, the PIAC’s new chair. In an emailed statement to Benefits Canada, he said as DB plan sponsors continue to face […]

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The average projected solvency ratio for Ontario defined benefit pension plans increased slightly to 117 per cent in the third quarter of 2023, with more than three-quarters of plans projected to be fully funded, according to a new report by the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario. While the percentage of DB plans projected to have […]

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  • November 24, 2023 November 23, 2023
  • 09:00

Defined benefit pension plan sponsors that are considering winding up their plans or converting them to another framework following the federal government’s super-priority bill have more innovative options, according to Mitch Frazer, managing partner at Mintz LLP, during the Canadian Investment Review’s 2023 Risk Management Conference. Although Bill C-228, which received royal assent at the end […]

The funded position of a typical Canadian defined benefit pension plan increased on a solvency and an accounting basis as of Sept. 30, according to a new report by Telus Health. The monthly index, which demonstrates changes in asset levels for an average pension plan since the beginning of the year, found the average solvency […]

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  • October 17, 2023 October 17, 2023
  • 11:00

The median solvency ratio of defined benefit pension plans in Canada increased during the third quarter of 2023, according to separate reports from Mercer and Aon. Mercer’s report showed median solvency ratio rose from 119 per cent at June 30 to 125 per cent at Sept. 30, according to Mercer’s latest pension health pulse. The report, […]

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  • October 3, 2023 October 3, 2023
  • 11:00

The funded ratio of the U.S.’s 100 largest defined benefit pension plans dropped slightly in August, from 76.8 per cent as of July 31 to 75.3 per cent as of Aug. 31, the result of a $98 billion funded status decline, according to Milliman Inc.’s latest public pension funding index. The result was driven by […]

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  • September 21, 2023 September 20, 2023
  • 10:30
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The Ontario government’s new funding framework for target-benefit plans that will provide more flexibility for plan administrators and boards, says Domenic Barbiero, principal at Eckler Ltd. The proposed framework requires trustees to establish a number of policies, including funding, benefits, communications and overall governance. “This proposal is the second iteration of a proposal from the […]

  • By: Sadie Janes
  • September 18, 2023 September 18, 2023
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