The Wall Street Journal
September 26, 2013
These are among the subjects included in the current issue of the Morneau Shepell News & Views, a monthly publication dedicated to providing insights to its clients in Canada.
TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2013 /CNW/ – Morneau Shepell, in the current issue of its newsletter, News & Views, reports on the findings of the Quebec Committee on Public Finance after its public consultation on the D’Amours report released in April 2013. [EXPAND Read more]
-- FOLLOW-UP TO THE D'AMOURS REPORT ON PENSION PLAN REFORM IN QUÉBEC - The Québec Committee on Public Finance said that it supports the objectives and values of the report, but that most of the D'Amours recommendations require further study. -- NEW MORTALITY TABLES WILL AFFECT FUNDING OF PENSION PLANS -The Canadian Institute of Actuaries published a draft report on Canadian Pensions Mortality which concludes that Canadians covered by defined benefit pension plans are living longer, leading to higher plan contributions. -- CHANGES TO ACTUARIAL GUIDANCE FOR SOLVENCY VALUATIONS: NEW ANNUITY PROXY AND ALTERNATIVE SETTLEMENT METHODS -The Canadian Institute of Actuaries has refined the guidance that actuaries use for estimating defined benefit pension liabilities for solvency and wind-up valuations, where it is assumed that life annuities will be purchased to settle pension obligations, leading in most cases to higher plan contributions. -- NEW TRANSFER LIMITS WHEN PENSIONS ARE REDUCED -The Department of Finance Canada issued a comfort letter concerning subsection 8517(3) of the Income Tax Regulations, allowing greater sums to be tax-sheltered in certain cases. -- MARKET INDICES - Monthly summary of returns from various market indices such as the TSX Group / PC Bond Indices and Canadian, U.S. and Foreign Equity Indices. Also includes returns from benchmark portfolios used by pension funds. -- TRACKING THE FUNDED STATUS OF DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION PLANS - Impact of past returns on plan assets and the effect of interest rate changes on solvency liabilities. -- IMPACT ON PENSION EXPENSE UNDER INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTING - Expense impact for a typical defined benefit pension plan.
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