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A recent Court of Appeal of Alberta dismissal of a case relating to age discrimination and the eligibility of receiving long-term disability benefits provides some clarity to future legal interpretation of similar employer-sponsored plans. In International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1007 v. Epcor Utilities Inc., the union’s appeal related to whether a long-term disability […]

  • October 25, 2017 September 13, 2019
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Are target-benefit plans (TBPs) a cost-effective and risk-reducing alternative for pension plan sponsors versus traditional DB plan and DC plans? And, as importantly, are we seeing an uptake in these plans across the country?

  • January 12, 2015 September 13, 2019
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In the current low-yielding fixed income market, fund managers and plan sponsors are desperately looking for alternative strategies to wring the most they can from their investments simply to meet funding objectives.

  • January 9, 2015 September 13, 2019
  • 11:37

The crash of global financial markets in 2008 caused many employers to reassess their responsibility within group plans, according to many North American consultants and plan administrators. As a result, defined contribution (DC) plan sponsors in the U.S. and Canada have adopted a more robust approach to member communication in terms of both message and […]

  • November 1, 2009 September 13, 2019
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Faced with the age-old problem of plan member disengagement and the heightened risk of employee litigation, plan sponsors are starting to turn to target date funds. But not all of these funds are created equal. Selecting the right default investment option has become a foremost issue for sponsors within Canada’s $93-billion Capital Accumulation Plan (CAP) […]

  • June 1, 2008 September 13, 2019
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Glide path philosophy has become a big issue in the U.S., confirms Janet Rabovsky, practice leader, investment consulting, with Watson Wyatt Worldwide. While each target date fund (TDF) provider has its own methodology in glide path design, the vast majority of products in Canada tend to follow a similar downward curve in the final 20 […]

  • June 1, 2008 September 13, 2019
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