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The Nova Scotia Public Service Superannuation Plan generated net returns of 5.56 per cent during its latest fiscal year, which ended on March 31, 2022. According to its annual report, the PSSP, a defined benefit pension plan for 41,000 current and former public sector employees in Nova Scotia, saw the value of its assets rise […]

A new report is urging pension plan sponsors and other institutional investors to ensure the resilience of their portfolios in a number of different inflationary scenarios. The report from Mercer argued inflation rises spurred by the coronavirus pandemic and widespread monetary easing are balanced by several disinflationary forces, like globalization. Geopolitical tensions, however, could upset […]

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  • June 28, 2022 June 28, 2022
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The average Canadian defined benefit pension plan saw improvements in its solvency position in May, according to LifeWorks Inc.’s latest monthly report. An investment portfolio designed to mimic that of a typical pension saw its assets decline by 0.4 per cent over the month. Despite this, the solvency index, which provides an indication of changes […]

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  • June 14, 2022 June 14, 2022
  • 12:30
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The Public Sector Pension Investment Board returned 10.9 per cent — or $19.7 billion — across is total portfolio in the 2022 fiscal year. Between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022, the institutional investor’s assets under management grew from $204.5 billion to $230.47 billion, an increase of 12.7 per cent. The results raised PSP […]

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  • June 10, 2022 June 9, 2022
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Defined benefit pension plans and defined contribution pension plans are uncertain about how to incorporate environmental, social and governance issues into their investment processes in a way that’s consistent with fiduciary duties, according to a new white paper from the Association of Canadian Pension Management. “Sustainable investing, including ESG, is an area where some investment […]

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  • June 2, 2022 June 2, 2022
  • 12:34

Robust research on emerging trends can reveal much about future market opportunities, said Joe Faraday, director, international equities at Baillie Gifford, during his session. “I want for us all to be thinking about the growth waves – that’s the growth topic that really interests and excites us… Ultimately, it’s all about trying to ride growth […]

Regulations on emerging decentralized finance technology have proven difficult to enforce, in part because, in the world of self-fulfilling digital contracts, it isn’t always clear which individuals should be held to account. During a session at the Canadian Investment Review‘s 2022 Global Investment Conference in April, Ryan Clements, assistant professor and chair in business law […]

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A high-inflation environment is pushing Canadian pension plan sponsors toward alternative sources of fixed income, according to a white paper released by Coalition Greenwich. The white paper, which was commissioned by Toronto-based AGF Investments, is based on telephone interviews with 31 Canadian corporate and public sector pension plan sponsors and endowment fund managers. It found […]

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  • May 26, 2022 May 26, 2022
  • 13:45

Only one per cent of institutional investors described their organizations as non-adopters of environmental, social and governance investing criteria, according to a survey from Capital Group. The survey, which polled 1,100 institutional investors working around the world, found two-thirds of institutional investors that hadn’t adopted ESG strategies a year ago have now done so. Another 10 per […]

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  • May 24, 2022 May 24, 2022
  • 12:30

The Pension Fund Coalition is publishing a set of generic contracts aimed to help plan sponsors in establishing minimum environmental, social and governance criteria with asset managers. The model contracts are designed to be flexible across a range of scenarios, approaches and asset classes, according to a press release, which noted although the coalition is […]

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  • May 19, 2022 May 18, 2022
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