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Aon is selling its U.S. retirement business to Aquiline Capital Partners and its retiree health exchange business to Alight Solutions for a total of US$1.4 billion. The sales are intended to address questions raised by the U.S. Department of Justice ahead of the pending merger of Aon and Willis Towers Watson, according to a press […]

  • By: Staff
  • June 8, 2021 June 8, 2021
  • 09:00

General Motors of Canada Co. is transferring the longevity risk for $1.8 billion in pension plan liabilities through a group annuity buyout. Jennifer Wright, director of communications at GM Canada, said in a statement that the automaker has been taking steps to reduce risk and strengthen its retirement plans with a view to protecting the […]

  • By: Staff
  • April 8, 2021 April 25, 2021
  • 09:00

Long before the global pandemic, jurisdictions across Canada were embarking on pension solvency reform, with some moving from strict 100 per cent solvency funding requirements to going-concern plus models, which incorporate a funding cushion. Low interest rates, which make solvency funding very expensive, have been a key driver pushing the going-concern plus model, says Dean […]

PSP investing in reinsurer, OMERS acquiring HVAC company

Aon and Willis Towers Watson’s proposed merger has received approval by their respective shareholders. The merger, announced in March, remains subject to customary regulatory and other closing conditions. It’s expected to close in the first half of 2021. Upon closing, Willis Towers Watson shareholders will receive 1.08 Aon shares in exchange for each Willis Towers […]

  • By: Staff
  • August 28, 2020 January 20, 2021
  • 09:50

At the time of my last column in May, many pension plan sponsors were catching their breath after watching funding levels take a roller coaster ride. After a steep drop earlier in the year, funding levels were slowly recovering. However, market uncertainty remained and it wasn’t clear what was coming next. Thankfully the last few […]


The top three extreme risks for investors to watch are global temperature change, global trade collapse and cyber warfare, according to a new report by Willis Towers Watson’s Thinking Ahead Institute. In the report, extreme risks are considered events that are highly unlikely to occur — but could have a large impact on economic growth […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 11, 2019 January 6, 2021
  • 09:41

After increasing by 15.1 per cent in 2017, the assets under management of the world’s 300 largest pension funds fell by 0.4 per cent in 2018, according to data from Willis Towers Watson’s Thinking Ahead Institute. It found the 300 funds’ total assets under management was US$18 trillion for the year. “A tougher market environment […]

  • By: Staff
  • September 3, 2019 January 6, 2021
  • 11:51

Top managers see global alternative assets rise to $5 trillion: survey

  • July 18, 2017 January 20, 2021
  • 09:55
Loblaw Buys $350M in Annuities

Head of pensions looks to reduce risk from its inflation-linked DB plans.