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The vast majority (84 per cent) of asset managers are either implementing or evaluating the sustainability of their portfolios, according to a survey by FTSE Russell. The results indicate a significant increase in the percentage of asset managers concerned about sustainability issues. In a similar survey from 2018, just 53 per cent of respondents had […]

  • By: Staff
  • October 12, 2021 October 12, 2021
  • 13:30

The typical Canadian defined benefit pension plan deteriorated on a solvency basis but improved on an accountancy basis in September, according to a new report by LifeWorks Inc. Its monthly report on DB pension indices found the average plan saw its solvency index dip from 109.4 per cent at the end of August to 108.8 […]

Governance-related resolutions are receiving more overall votes from defined contribution pension plan members, but environmental issues are more engaging on a vote-per-measure basis, according to a new survey by two U.K.-based organizations. The study, by asset management firm Legal and General Investment Management Ltd. and fintech company Tumelo, found measures related to all levels of […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 14, 2021 September 14, 2021
  • 12:00

Canadian investors and advisors were skeptical about cryptocurrency in the second quarter of 2021, according to a new quarterly survey by Horizons ETF Management Inc. Canadian investors and investment advisors are more bearish about cryptocurrency than any other measured asset class. As part of the survey, Canadian investors and investment advisors were asked to rate […]

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  • July 22, 2021 July 23, 2021
  • 12:30
How to beat the crowd in factor investing

Can factor investing continue to give investors an edge if everyone’s doing it? Interest in using factors to invest has been on an upward trend and is still rising, says Alberto Martin-Utrera, an assistant professor of finance at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. “The assets under management have grown exponentially in the last decade, […]

The Bank of Canada sought Wednesday to temper economic excitement about a sharper-than-expected rebound from the depths of the coronavirus crisis, pointing to worrying trends that signal all is still not well. In a statement, the central bank’s governing council said the bounce-back activity in the third quarter looks to be faster than it anticipated […]

In China, keeping the novel coronavirus under control is key to maintaining the economic recovery, and there are reasons to be optimistic, despite a breakdown in U.S.-China relations. In the last two weeks of August, there were a total of only 187 new coronavirus cases in China, and none of those were the result of […]

Bank of Canada governor says country needs to pick up pace on tackling climate change

Statistics Canada says the economy saw its largest monthly drop on record in April as it came to a near standstill due to the pandemic, but early indications point to a rebound in May as businesses began to reopen. The agency said Tuesday gross domestic product fell 11.6 per cent in April with non-essential businesses […]

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The economy appears to have avoided a worst-case scenario due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Bank of Canada said Wednesday as it kept its key interest rate steady at its lower bound. The bank left its target for the overnight rate unchanged at 0.25 per cent, which it has said is as low as it […]

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China’s economy was the first to suffer the consequences of fighting the novel coronavirus and is the first on the road to recovery. If it can prevent a second wave of coronavirus cases and continue to support the small, privately owned firms that drive job creation, China’s economy could put a floor under global growth […]