24 02, 2021

Canada’s pension system gets top grades in new benchmark

2021-02-24T15:00:17-08:00February 24th, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

Canada’s pension system was ranked first overall among 15 countries in the Global Pension Transparency Benchmark. It ranked Canadian funds first in governance, citing the “global reputation for superior performance and governance excellence” of Canada’s five largest funds, namely the British Columbia Investment Management Corp., the Caisse de depot et placement du Québec, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board. Of these, the benchmark highlighted the best practices [...]

22 02, 2021

Could There Be a Renewed Interest in DB Plans?

2021-02-22T13:48:01-08:00February 22nd, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|

Over the years, the retirement plan industry has introduced new features for defined contribution (DC) plans to mimic the advantages participants received from defined benefit (DB) plans. It seems that although DB plan sponsors have been eliminating or offloading their obligations, the industry has recognized the benefits of a plan design in which  employees automatically participate and receive guaranteed payments for life. Richard Hudson, a consulting actuary with First Actuarial Consulting Inc. (FACT), says the real problems for DB [...]

19 01, 2021

Measuring the Economic Impact of DB Pension Expenditures

2021-01-19T16:16:16-08:00January 19th, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

Economic gains attributable to defined benefit (DB) pensions in the U.S. are substantial. Retiree spending of pension benefits in 2018 generated $1.3 trillion in total economic output, supporting nearly seven million jobs across the nation. Pension spending also added nearly $192 billion to government coffers at the federal, state and local levels. Pensionomics 2021: Measuring the Economic Impact of Defined Benefit Pension Expenditures calculates the national economic impacts of U.S pension plans, as well as the impact of state [...]

7 01, 2021

Canadian DB pension plans entering 2021 in good financial shape

2021-01-07T15:20:54-08:00January 7th, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

The aggregate funded ratio for Canadian pension plans in the S&P/TSX composite index increased from 90.8 per cent to 91.2 per cent during the past 12 months, according to Aon’s pension risk tracker. Aon found the funded status deficit decreased by $200 million, which was driven by asset increases of $18.7 billion and offset by year-to-date liability increases of $18.5 billion. Pension assets returned 9.9 per cent over 2020 and ended the fourth quarter up 3.9 per cent. The year-end, [...]

6 01, 2021

Private-Sector DB Funded Status Held Steady in 2020

2021-01-06T13:44:38-08:00January 6th, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

By some measures, corporate pension plans’ fortunes improved in 2020; by others, they did not. A new analysis reports that for private-sector DB plans’ funded status, 2020 was a wash. Willis Towers Watson reports that pension plan assets among the plans it studied increased by $80 billion. Drilling down, they estimate that: overall investment returns averaged 12.9%; domestic large capitalization equities grew 18%, while domestic small/mid-capitalization equities realized gains of 20%; aggregate bonds saw gains of 8%; long corporate [...]

6 01, 2021

Canadian DB plans bouncing back after stock rally

2021-01-06T13:42:33-08:00January 6th, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

A rally on the stock market in the fourth quarter helped boost the strength of Canadian defined benefit pension plans to end 2020, according to a new report by Mercer Canada. The consulting firm said its pension health index, which represents the solvency ratio of a hypothetical DB plan, rose to 114 per cent at the end of December from 107 per cent at the end of September. Mercer said in the fourth quarter the funded positions of DB [...]

8 12, 2020

Kroger withdraws from UFCW pension fund to start new variable plan

2020-12-08T10:12:04-08:00December 8th, 2020|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: , , |

Kroger Co. ratified an agreement to withdraw from the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union-Industry Pension Fund and contribute to a new variable annuity pension plan, the company said. Similar agreements were ratified by Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. and Albertsons Cos. The tentative agreements were announced in July. The grocers and the UFCW created the UFCW and Employer's Variable Annuity Pension Plan for future benefits, with a pension benefit formula good through June 2028, when future contributions [...]

2 12, 2020

New Jersey Police and Fire nabs its first CIO

2020-12-02T11:25:20-08:00December 2nd, 2020|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|

Russell Niemie was named chief investment officer of the Police and Firemen's Retirement System of New Jersey, confirmed Dan Bank, a spokesman for the Trenton-based plan. The position is new at the $27.4 billion pension plan. "Russ brings more than two decades of experience to the Police and Firemen's Retirement System, and we are extremely fortunate to be able to draw from his expertise and leadership," said Gregory Petzold, executive director of the retirement system, in a statement. Mr. [...]

6 11, 2020

Canadian DB pensions return 3.13% as markets rebound

2020-11-06T11:32:11-08:00November 6th, 2020|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: , |

Canadian defined benefit pension plans posted a median 3.13 per cent return for the third quarter of 2020, following a strong market rebound, according to a new report by BNY Mellon Asset Management Canada Ltd. The organization’s master trust universe, which is comprised of 86 Canadian corporate, public and university pension plans, found U.S. equities was the highest-performing asset class with a median return of 6.46 per cent, trailing the S&P 500 index’s 6.83 per cent. And Canadian equities posted a [...]

17 08, 2020

Pensions preferred over higher pay

2020-08-17T12:26:51-07:00August 17th, 2020|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: , , |

Eighty per cent of Canadians would rather have a better pension plan, or any pension plan, instead of a higher salary, according to a new survey. “[This idea that] people would actually forego some salary increase to get a higher pension is something that I think surprises, just the level of commitment to that,” says Jim Keohane, president and CEO of the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) in Toronto, which commissioned the survey. The 80 per cent is [...]

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