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Coronavirus vaccinations and the US$1.9-trillion fiscal stimulus package are paving the way for the U.S. economy to recover as the world enters the second year of the coronavirus pandemic, in turn driving investor demand for equities and risk assets, according to a recent webinar hosted by Natixis Investment Managers. Esty Dwek, global market strategist at […]

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The funding status and confidence of Canadian defined benefit pension plans declined in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic and a low interest-rate environment, according to a new survey from RBC Investor & Treasury Services. It found among 122 respondents, 50 per cent reported their plans were fully funded on a going-concern basis, down significantly from […]

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  • March 5, 2021 March 5, 2021
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The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan is acquiring a 40 per cent stake in Caruna, Finland’s largest electricity supplier. The pension will acquire a 20 per cent stake in the utility from First Sentier Investors and in a separate transaction, the Ontario Teachers’ and investment firm KKR & Co. Inc. will jointly acquire a 40 per cent holding […]

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  • March 4, 2021 March 4, 2021
  • 18:59
Employee share purchase plans weathering the pandemic despite market dips

Canada’s largest pension plans are reporting mixed financial results from a year marked by the coronavirus pandemic. The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec reported a 7.7 per cent return on its depositors’ funds in 2020, representing $24.8 billion in investment results. As at Dec. 31, 2020, the Caisse’s net assets totalled $365.5 billion, up […]

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  • March 4, 2021 March 4, 2021
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Canadian pension funds are seeing significant cost savings from in-house asset management but are still relying on external managers, according to a new survey from CIBC Mellon. It found among funds that have taken asset management in-house, 66 per cent said they achieved savings. Of those, 91 per cent reported more than 10 per cent […]

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  • March 3, 2021 March 3, 2021
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The market value of assets held by Canadian employer pension plans increased to $2.12 trillion in the third quarter of 2020, according to a new report by Statistics Canada. It found while private sector assets saw a year-over-year increase of 4.6 per cent to $654.3 billion, public sector assets nearly reached $1.47 trillion. Stocks posted the largest increase at […]

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  • February 25, 2021 February 25, 2021
  • 10:00
Pension funds increasing in-house asset management: survey

Canada’s pension funds are shifting asset management functions in-house while becoming more strategic about oversight of external managers, according to a new survey from CIBC Mellon. It found pension funds are increasing the portion of assets and investment activities managed in-house to 28 per cent from 22 per cent, with the majority of pension funds […]

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  • February 10, 2021 March 26, 2021
  • 15:00
Scotiabank renewing lease in AIMCo-, KingSett Capital-owned building

Scotiabank is renewing its lease for up to 1.1 million square feet of space in two buildings, including the iconic Scotia Plaza, located in the heart of downtown Toronto, which is owned and operated by the Alberta Investment Management Corp. and KingSett Capital Inc. The bank has renewed 560,000 square feet of space in Scotia […]

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is one of three investors entering a partnership with real estate developer SKR to develop, own and operate a purpose-built rental multi-family project in São Paulo, Brazil. The 220-unit mixed-use project is expected to be completed in 2023, according to a press release. Other investors include Cyrela Brazil Realty […]

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  • January 20, 2021 April 14, 2021
  • 10:35
CPPIB investing in U.S. real-estate developments, European wind farms

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is forming a joint venture with Greystar Real Estate Partners to pursue multi-family real estate development opportunities in target markets in the U.S. The CPPIB has invested US$350 million in equity to the joint venture for a 90 per cent stake and Greystar has allocated US$39 million for the remaining 10 per cent. Greystar will manage […]

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  • January 7, 2021 April 14, 2021
  • 15:00