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From biosimilars to product listing agreements, a panel of experts tackled some of the hottest topics in drug plan management at the Face to Face Drug Plan Management forum on Dec. 14. Barbara Martinez, who heads up the national drug benefits solutions practice at the Great-West Life Assurance Co., addressed the question of biosimilars during […]

  • January 10, 2018 September 13, 2019
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Employers in search of simpler retirement products for their workers are looking to group registered retirement savings plans and deferred profit-sharing plans as a solution, say experts at capital accumulation plan providers. Benefits Canada’s 2017 CAP Suppliers Report shows that the number of plan sponsors offering DPSPs has ballooned by 112 per cent over the past decade, from 3,539 […]

  • December 20, 2017 September 13, 2019
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With many of its plan members based in Alberta, the manager of Mercon Benefits Services was hoping to stay ahead of longer-term issues resulting from a turbulent provincial economy when she decided to take a deeper dive into projected benefits costs in 2015. In the short term, the outlook appeared relatively rosy, with plan costs forecast to […]

  • December 15, 2017 September 13, 2019
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Plan sponsors should focus on the entry and exit points of their defined contribution pension plans as the world grapples with an era of lower returns, according to a group of industry leaders. Speaking during a panel discussion on the industry’s future prospects and trends during Benefits Canada’s Defined Contribution Investment Forum in Toronto earlier […]

  • October 25, 2017 September 13, 2019
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Amid continued uncertainty, investors are branching out from the traditional Canadian bond market in search of yield and diversification. Although two consecutive interest rate hikes by the Bank of Canada this year prompted a spike in yields for short-term bonds, Kathrin Forrest, portfolio manager at Sun Life Global Investments Canada Inc., said the move, which […]

  • October 25, 2017 September 13, 2019
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Technology will be the key to helping individuals make better retirement decisions in a world dominated by defined contribution pensions. That was a key message delivered by Chip Castille, the managing director of BlackRock Inc.’s global retirement strategy group, during a session at the 2017 Defined Contribution Investment Forum. He told the audience that the […]

  • October 25, 2017 September 13, 2019
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Employers should tread carefully before embracing more complex investment options for their defined contribution plans, according to a speaker at the recent Defined Contribution Investment Forum. Speaking during a session at the Oct. 6 conference, John Croke, head of multi-asset product management at the Vanguard Group Inc., said he could understand why plan administrators watch […]

  • October 25, 2017 September 13, 2019
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Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald wants to challenge the many rules of thumb she says are misleading and potentially harmful when it comes to retirement security. MacDonald, a senior research fellow at Ryerson University’s National Institute of Ageing and resident scholar at Eckler Ltd., told an audience at the Benefits Canada Defined Contribution Investment Forum 2017 that Canada’s […]

  • October 25, 2017 September 13, 2019
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Automatic solutions in plan design can help fiduciaries to fulfil their obligations to defined contribution plan members, according to Ruthann Pritchard, an institutional portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments. Speaking at Benefits Canada’s Defined Contribution Investment Forum in Toronto this month, Pritchard explained that the fiduciary duty owed by plan sponsors demands that they act in […]

  • October 25, 2017 September 13, 2019
  • 12:00

Jason White wants to see Canadians getting a healthier dose of braised duck in their investment diets. White, a portfolio specialist in the equity division at T. Rowe Price Group Inc., singled out fast-food chain Zhou Hei Ya, which has turned the street-food staple into a mainstream hit on the Chinese mainland, as a classic […]

  • October 25, 2017 September 13, 2019
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