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U.S. defined contribution pension plan sponsors are increasingly offering custom target-date funds, according to a new report by the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association. The report, which analyzed 100 DC plans in both the public and private sectors, found the plan sponsors used more than 1,000 investment strategies involving custom target-date funds in 2021, up […]

  • By: Staff
  • January 3, 2023 January 3, 2023
  • 09:00

In the current market, institutional investors should consider increasing allocations to real estate and real estate investment trusts, said Joseph Shaw, managing partner and head of institutional sales at Hazelview Investments, during the Canadian Investment Review’s 2022 Defined Benefit Investment Forum.  In the past decade, the average defined benefit pension plan’s allocation to real estate has risen, […]

While publicly traded real estate investment trusts have been impacted by rising interest rates, the extent of the impact varies from market to market, said Corrado Russo, managing partner and head of global securities at Hazelview Investments, during a session at the Canadian Investment Review‘s 2022 Risk Management Conference. “It’s not shocking to see those [markets] that […]

Institutional investors’ best laid plans sometimes go awry — especially following global pandemics. During a presentation at the Canadian Investment Review‘s 2022 Risk Management Conference, Marc Gauthier, treasurer and chief investment officer at Concordia University, said the dramatic events shaping the world in the past two years have challenged the university’s carefully designed investment model. […]

Caisse makes first infrastructure equity investment in Spain, CPPIB to sell stake in London real estate

The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec is buying a portfolio of 73 photovoltaic plants from Q-Energy Ltd., the first step in creating a new platform in Spain that seeks to aggregate further renewable assets. The transaction will be finalized in the coming months, after which Q-Energy will continue to provide comprehensive management of […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 13, 2020 January 19, 2021
  • 12:52
Opportunities for institutional investors in an aging society

While an increasingly aging society will certainly affect the future of retirement savings and health care in Canada, this growing demographic shift may also offer an opportunity for institutional investors. “Within a decade or two, the largest single household cohort will be seniors,” says James McKellar, director of the Brookfield Centre in Real Estate and […]

CPPIB, AIMCo team up with industrial REIT to acquire U.S. logistics real estate

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, the Alberta Investment Management Corp. and the WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust are joining forces to aggregate a portfolio of U.S. industrial properties in key logistics markets. “The combination of AIMCo and CPPIB’s scale and sophistication creates a long-term opportunity that will meet the needs of our clients and stakeholders,” said […]

  • By: Staff
  • July 31, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 09:57
To shop or drop: Retail investing in the wake of Sears’ demise

When Sears Canada Inc. announced it was going to liquidate its stores in 2017, the chain’s demise was a big concern for pension plan members worried about a big deficit in the company’s defined benefit plan. But also among the parties affected were some of Canada’s largest pension funds, which own more than two dozen […]

High-dividend REITs a good alternative to fixed income: report

The prices of global real estate investment trusts will likely rise in 2018, reaching returns of between eight and 10 per cent, according to a report by Timbercreek Asset Management Inc. “We hear everyday about the continued highs that equities make and continued momentum and the concerns around valuations: Can this keep going?” says Corrado Russo, senior managing director […]

Why are real assets so popular?

Why pension plans are straying from equities and bonds and moving into homes and highways

  • By: Doug Watt
  • March 20, 2015 September 13, 2019
  • 07:00