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French president Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to reform his country’s pension system have been set back by the results of divisive national elections. During his campaign for the presidency, which he won in April, Macron highlighted a three-part plan including the creation of a nationally sponsored defined benefit pension system — similar to the system used in […]

Two-fifths (40 per cent) of U.S. employees and one in five U.K. workers say their employer has introduced new childcare programs or subsidies over the past year, according to a survey by software company Beqom. The survey, which polled 2,000 employees in the U.K. and the U.S., found 45 per cent of U.S parents and 42 […]

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  • June 27, 2022 June 27, 2022
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Two-thirds (66 per cent) of employees are willing to take a job with a lower salary and a pension plan than one with a higher salary and no pension, according to a new survey by the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan. The survey, which polled 1,700 Canadian adults, found while employees close to retirement age […]

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  • June 24, 2022 June 24, 2022
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Just 0.9 per cent of 35 million U.S. defined contribution pension plan members ceased making contributions during the first quarter of 2022, according to a report by the Investment Company Institute. While this percentage was slightly higher than in the first quarter of 2021 (0.8 per cent), it was a substantial drop from 2020 (1.4 […]

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  • June 22, 2022 June 23, 2022
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Stelco Inc. is de-risking one of its defined benefit pension plans with a $1.3 billion annuity buy-in. The deal, which covers more than 7,000 United Steelworkers members and beneficiaries employed at the company’s Hamilton, Ont.-based plant, was completed in May with Brookfield Annuity Co. and Sun Life Financial Inc. Read: Stelco workers, retirees learn fate […]

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  • June 20, 2022 June 23, 2022
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The Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan is increasing its lifetime pension for all active plan members effective Jan. 1, 2023. As an example, under the latest increase, members working full time with average earnings of $60,000 and 10 years of service in the plan before 2023 will receive an extra $1,310 per year from their lifetime pension once they retire. Members […]

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  • June 10, 2022 June 13, 2022
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Canadian ESG-related investment assets surge to $3.2 trillion: report

While there’s broad interest in environmental, social and governance factors, the majority of U.S. defined contribution pension plan consultants said their plan sponsor clients are looking for further clarity on the Department of Labor’s proposed guidelines before incorporating ESG into their investment options, according to a new survey by the Schaus Group and T. Rowe […]

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  • June 6, 2022 June 3, 2022
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Retirees with defined benefit pension plans are less likely to draw down their savings to cover their spending than those with a defined contribution plan, according to a new report by the University of Michigan. It found while most employees born between 1920 and 1940 had access to a DB plan, this percentage dropped dramatically […]

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  • May 31, 2022 May 30, 2022
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Scotiabank is supporting its employees’ financial well-being with a week of information sessions in June. Ayman Alvi, director of global benefits at Scotiabank, says the sessions taking place the week of June 20 will focus on all aspects of financial well-being, including the bank’s pension plan and other financial benefits available to employees. “These events have […]

Pension and retirement plan members in Saskatchewan can now designate beneficiaries through electronic means. The provincial government recently passed a series of amendments regarding the electronic handling of legal matters. Bill 56 specifically allows individuals to name beneficiaries electronically for certain types of plans including an employee pension, retirement, welfare or profit-sharing fund or plan, […]

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  • May 27, 2022 May 27, 2022
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