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The future has arrived — it’s just not evenly distributed yet,” wrote science fiction author and futurist William Gibson. It’s a favourite quote for Chris Evdaimon, investment manager of private companies at the investment management firm Baillie Gifford. He likes it so much that, during his presentation at the 2021 Global Investment Conference, he used […]

BCI and partners’ real estate fund completes $805 million closing, PSP invests in insurance-linked strategy

A real estate fund created by the British Columbia Investment Management Corp., QuadReal Property Group and RBC Global Asset Management Inc. is receiving $805 million in equity commitments from Canadian institutional and individual investors. The second round, which closed on Oct. 30, 2020, exceeded subscription targets and comes on the heels of the initial closing […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 5, 2020 January 19, 2021
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The vast majority of investors (82 per cent) are satisfied with how their portfolios performed in the first half of 2020, despite some weak results in strategies such as emerging market debt and smart beta, according to a new study of 368 investors with combined assets of approximately US$11 trillion. Following the quickest equity market […]

  • By: Les Marton
  • August 18, 2020 December 6, 2020
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The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan posted a net return of 10.4 per cent for 2019, bringing net assets to $207.4 billion. Its $20.2 billion in investment income represents an organizational best, said Jo Taylor, the pension fund’s president and chief executive officer, on a conference call Tuesday morning, outperforming the 2018 return of 2.5 per […]

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In the current market environment, liquidity is top of mind for pension plans, says Jason Campbell, principal at Eckler Ltd. For example, despite a company’s potential work stoppages, it’s still responsible for benefit payments, as well as paying capital calls on investments as they come due. Some firms in the private markets space are trying […]

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When it comes to private markets, implementing target allocations is easier said than done. At the Canadian Investment Review’s Plan Sponsor Exchange conference in February, a panel featuring Julie Cays, chief investment officer at the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology pension plan; Sean Hewitt, chief executive officer at the Toronto Transit Commission Pension Fund […]

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As private markets continue to make up a large portion of pension plans’ portfolios, they can’t ignore the risk management of these assets. One issue to consider is implementation, said Nalaka De Silva, head of private markets solutions at Aberdeen Standard Investments Inc., during a session at the Canadian Investment Review’s Plan Sponsor Exchange conference […]

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As public capital markets roil in the turbulence caused by the coronavirus pandemic, private markets aren’t immune from challenges, said a recent report from PitchBook Data Inc. “As we enter into the most significant market drawdown and economic shock we’ve seen since the financial crisis, PE is equipped to help alleviate pressures, but it will […]

  • By: Staff
  • March 19, 2020 December 13, 2020
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While it’s easy for a plan sponsor to determine how an equity or fixed income manager is performing, it isn’t as straightforward to assess the performance of an outsourced chief investment officer. “There’s a lot of similarities in OCIO providers out there, but there’s also a lot of differences,” said Eric Menzer, global head of […]

  • By: Yaelle Gang
  • December 13, 2019 December 13, 2020
  • 07:34
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Why bigger isn't always better when it comes to choosing companies

  • By: Scot Blythe
  • September 25, 2018 January 13, 2021
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