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Since joining the real estate investment arm of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in 2017, Michèle Hubert has held many titles — five, to be exact. “My career is much more consistent than that makes it sound,” says Hubert, Ivanhoé Cambridge’s chief operating officer. “I’ve always been involved in strategy and I’m […]

  • September 15, 2023 September 14, 2023
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Jacky Shen suspects he was the oldest intern Simon Fraser University’s treasury department ever had. It was 2007, he was in his early 40s, had just arrived in Canada with his family and was studying for a master’s degree in the university’s wealth management program. As an intern, Shen — now the university’s treasurer and […]

  • August 11, 2023 August 21, 2023
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Canadian annuity prices have an asymmetrical response to changing interest rates, making it more expensive to de-risk defined benefit pension plans shortly after rates rise, according to new research. “In Canada, annuity providers are prompt when it comes to raising prices when interest rates go down and slower when interest rates go up,” says Mark […]

  • July 4, 2023 July 4, 2023
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In 2000, the federal government announced same-sex partners of Canada Pension Plan beneficiaries could claim survivor benefits, as long as their bereavement had occurred no earlier than 1998. This was of cold comfort to George Hislop, whose partner Ron Shearer had died in 1986. In 2003, the LGBTQ2S+ rights advocate and businessperson launched a class […]

  • June 29, 2023 June 29, 2023
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The current economic maelstrom, with its high inflation and interest rates, has left many institutional investors operating in uncharted territory — though not Rashid Maqsood, vice-president of treasury at electrical products distributor Rexel North America Inc. His career began in the late 1970s — almost a decade before central banks began setting inflation targets. “It’s […]

  • June 23, 2023 June 21, 2023
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“Everyone on stage agrees on one thing  — [environmental, social and governance] integration is just smart,” said moderator Francisca Quinn, co-founder and president of Quinn and Partners Inc., during a panel at the 2023 Responsible Investment Association conference last week. She was joined by representatives of two Canadian public sector investment organizations with very different […]

  • June 12, 2023 June 12, 2023
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If Irish economist David McWilliams is to be believed, overconfident fools are tampering with the global economy. “If I were an American, Canadian or — God forbid — a British economist, . . . I’d come here today armed with graphs and charts and all that malarkey,” he said during the keynote session at the […]

  • June 6, 2023 June 1, 2023
  • 07:59

“There are 30,000 jets out there flying around right now,” said James McManus, managing director of Alliance Bernstein CarVal, during the Canadian Investment Review‘s 2023 Global Investment Conference. “That represents equipment value of about $700 billion . . . [and] around $100 billion in annual deal flows in the form of new aircraft deliveries, lease […]

  • June 6, 2023 June 1, 2023
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“I’m here to convince you that fixed income is back as an attractive asset class,” said Benoit Anne, lead strategist of the investment solutions group at MFS Investment Management, during the Canadian Investment Review’s 2023 Global Investment Conference. Two major factors mean allocations to fixed income are becoming increasingly attractive, he added. First, the U.S. Federal […]

  • June 6, 2023 June 1, 2023
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“There’s a new market regime in 2023,” said Justin Thomson, chief investment officer and head of international equity at T. Rowe Price, during the Canadian Investment Review’s 2023 Global Investment Conference. “It’s characterized by higher trend inflation, rates normalization, liquidity withdrawals, de-globalization and elevated volatility.” While he said he expects these conditions will encourage equity […]

  • June 6, 2023 June 1, 2023
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