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With bond returns tied to interest rates, it’s no surprise Canadian pension funds are increasingly seeking other ways to boost fixed income yields. Canadian interest rates have been trending downward for the last 30 years, from a high of 10.3 per cent in 1990 to around 1.75 per cent in early 2020, according to the […]

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The Universities Academic Pension Plan is withdrawing control of its $2.7-billlion public equities portfolio from the Alberta Investment Management Corp. The withdrawal comes following ongoing discussions at the UAPP about the AIMCo’s public equities strategy and the investment manager’s volatility trading program that was wound down in 2020, says Geoffrey Hale, chair of the UAPP’s […]

A defined benefit pension plan leader rarely gets to work with a “blank canvas,” but Chuck Bruce has taken that unique opportunity and drawn a new way forward for more than 56,000 DB plan members in Newfoundland and Labrador. In late 2014, the province and its five largest unions established Provident10 to administer and oversee […]

A majority (79 per cent) of institutional investors see a global economic slowdown as the top threat to their portfolios in the next 12 months, according to a new survey by Schroders. Prompted by coronavirus-related concerns, it’s a big jump from the 49 per cent of respondents that said the same in 2019. Those concerns are also […]

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  • September 22, 2020 November 17, 2020
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Close to half of global institutional investors are planning to increase their allocations to alternatives amid coronavirus-related volatility, according to a new survey by CoreData Research Ltd. The survey, which polled more than 450 investors, found 26 per cent of respondents’ portfolios are made up of alternative assets, up slightly from 24 per cent in 2019. […]

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  • September 4, 2020 November 17, 2020
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Ontario Teachers’ invests in Indian private credit, Caisse in global port terminals

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is investing US$350 million with Indian private debt manager Edelweiss Alternate Asset Advisors. The investment, which establishes a long-term partnership between the pension fund and the debt manager’s parent company Edelweiss Group, will focus on private credit investment opportunities in India. “We are pleased to enter into a long-term partnership […]

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  • September 4, 2020 November 12, 2020
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In the wake of the coronavirus fallout, real estate, infrastructure and private debt investors seem to be zeroing in on well-established managers, according to Preqin Ltd. data for the second quarter of 2020. With no surprise, real estate saw a challenging second quarter with a decline in activity in funds closing compared to the first […]

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  • August 7, 2020 December 6, 2020
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BCI posts 3% gain for fiscal 2020

The British Columbia Investment Management Corp. rounded out its fiscal year with a three per cent return, slightly underperforming its 3.3 per cent benchmark. In dollar terms, the BCI added $17.8 billion as of March 31, 2020, rounding to a total $171.3 billion in assets under management. The three per cent return represented something of […]

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  • July 31, 2020 November 11, 2020
  • 09:54
Canadian DB pensions holding about equal weight in stocks, fixed income: PIAC

Canadian defined benefit plan sponsors are holding an almost equal amount of fixed income and equity in their portfolios, according to the Pension Investment Association of Canada’s 2019 asset mix report. The report found the PIAC’s membership reported a total of more than $2.2 trillion under management last year, up from just under $2.1 trillion in 2018. As well, […]

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  • July 27, 2020 November 30, 2020
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There’s a record amount of dry powder sitting in the distressed private capital space, according to new data from Preqin. Between distressed debt, special situations and turnaround strategies, total dry powder in the distressed private capital arena sits at an estimated US$131 billion as of June 2020, an all-time record. Of note, the distressed private […]

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  • July 9, 2020 December 6, 2020
  • 08:43