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The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board earned an eight per cent return last year but significantly underperformed the 19.9 per cent return of its reference portfolio. The lower return can be explained in part by higher volatility in the stock-focused benchmark portfolio compared with the diversified, long-term return focus for the pension fund, says John Graham, the […]

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The Alberta Investment Management Corp.’s total fund generated a net return of 6.9 per cent in 2023, 1.8 percentage points below its 8.7 per cent benchmark. As of Dec. 31, 2023, the AIMCo’s total assets under management were $160.6 billion, compared  to $158 billion in 2022. Its balanced fund generated a net return of eight per […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 22, 2024 April 23, 2024
  • 15:00

More than half (53 per cent) of the world’s largest pension funds say the prospect of a global recession is their No. 1 short-term concern and the same percentage expect a recession to take place in the next 12 months, according to a new survey by the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum. The survey, which […]

According to York University’s Arijit Banik, there’s only one way forward for environmental, social and governance standards: it’s time for an evolution. The treasurer responsible for overseeing the university’s endowment fund wants to go beyond simply investing in wind and solar energies to tick a box. Instead, his investment team has pushed towards sustainable infrastructure […]

Environmental, social and governance investing is a powerful tool that can reveal systemic issues impacting all parts of institutional investors’ portfolios, said Aaron Bennett, chief investment officer of the University Pension Plan, during the 2023 Responsible Investment Association conference last week. Some of these issues can accrue over time — and, when they finally manifest, they can […]

On April 12-14, a group of defined benefit pension plan sponsors, asset managers and academics gathered at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in British Columbia for the 2023 Global Investment Conference. Over the course of three days, presenters discussed whether the Canadian pension model remains fit for purpose in a period defined by central bank intervention, […]

When key stakeholders are examining sustainability solutions, they aren’t spending enough time on whether these solutions are actually capital efficient from energy return on investment and productivity perspectives, said Patrick Kent, portfolio manager and head of the small-cap equities team at Newton Investment Management Group, during the Canadian Investment Review‘s 2023 Global Investment Conference. The […]

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is bracing for headwinds in the event of a recession, but says a wide range of investments makes it well-positioned for uncertain economic conditions. The CPPIB reported Wednesday it earned a net return of 1.3 per cent in its latest fiscal year as inflation and rising interest rates weighed on both […]


The British Columbia Investment Management Corp. is leveraging its size and influence to drive environmental, social and governance improvements across its portfolio, according to the investment organization’s 2022 ESG annual report. “We believe, as do our clients, that ESG matters, makes a difference and translates to meaningful distinctions in a company’s ability to generate long-term […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 27, 2023 April 27, 2023
  • 12:30

The real estate arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees’ Retirement System is operating the most productive shopping centre in Canada, according to a new report from the International Council of Shopping Centers. Toronto’s Yorkdale Mall returned annual sales of US$24,000 per square metre of retail space in 2022, more than any other Canadian mall. The […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 18, 2023 April 18, 2023
  • 13:00