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The federal government’s promise to encourage Canadian institutional investors to invest more domestically is taking shape with two key initiatives found in the 2024 budget. The first involves the creation of a working group led by Stephen Poloz, former Governor of the Bank of Canada, to explore domestic opportunities for Canadian institutional investors in various […]

More than 95 per cent of U.S. public pension funds employ at least one investment consultant, according to a new survey by Coalition Greenwich. The survey, which polled 708 individuals across 575 U.S. institutional investors with assets greater than US$150 million, found there has been a significant increase in the services of investment consultants, as […]

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  • April 26, 2024 April 26, 2024
  • 15:45

The average funding ratio for U.S. public pension plans declined to 75.4 per cent in 2023, compared to 77.8 per cent in the previous year, according to a new survey by the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems. The report, which was based on responses from nearly 160 public pension funds with roughly US$2.3 […]

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  • February 22, 2024 February 22, 2024
  • 11:00
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Public defined benefit pension plans can play a critical role in delivering adequate retirement income for U.S. retirees, while providing a key buffer against economic hardship for women, the Black, Indigenous and people of colour communities and workers without a college degree, according to a new report by the National Institute on Retirement Security and […]

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  • September 18, 2023 September 18, 2023
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The funded ratio of the 100 largest U.S. public defined benefit pension plans increased to 76.8 per cent as of July 31, up from 75.8 per cent at the end of June, according to a new report by consulting firm Milliman Inc. It found a second consecutive month of positive market performance drove this result, […]

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  • September 5, 2023 September 1, 2023
  • 12:08

Spain’s left-wing government won the backing of unions to reform the nation’s public pension system on Wednesday, in stark contrast with neighbouring France, where plans to raise the retirement age have led to waves of strikes and mass protests. The leaders of Spain’s two main labour unions, UGT and CC.OO., appeared alongside Minister of Social Security […]

It’s no secret there’s a looming retirement savings gap among Indigenous and racialized Canadian seniors and their white counterparts. Indeed, a June 2021 study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives found data from the 2016 census showed white seniors’ income from private pension sources — such as registered pension plans and registered retirement savings […]

Stories delving into how employers and employees are dealing with returning to the workplace dominated the top stories over the past week on BenefitsCanada.com, with three of the five stories focusing on this timely topic. Here are the five most popular news stories of the week: 1. RBC focusing on mental health as hybrid work model rolls out 2. SAP […]

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  • November 12, 2021 November 12, 2021
  • 09:00
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Indigenous and racialized seniors have less retirement security and higher poverty rates than white seniors in Canada, according to a new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Based on data from the 2016 census, the report found Indigenous seniors have an average income of $32,200 and a poverty rate of 21.5 per cent, […]

Ontario Teachers’ facing pressure to divest from fossil fuels

An environmental coalition is appealing to Ontario teachers to pressure their pension fund to divest from companies that develop or transport fossil fuel products. In a four-minute YouTube video, a group of students from across Ontario read a letter to their teachers, asking them to push the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan to stop investing their […]