19 10, 2021

Expert panel: Climate change putting spotlight on ESG issues for pension plans

2021-10-19T15:10:13-07:00October 19th, 2021|Categories: ESG|Tags: , , |

By Susan G. Seller Source: Benefits Canada The images of floods, forest fires and heat waves over the past few years is putting climate change front of mind for many, including pension plan sponsors and administrators. It’s become increasingly clear that environmental, social and governance factors are emerging as an important area of concern for pension plan administrators and, by extension, the boards and pension committees that exercise oversight over the investment of the assets of employer-sponsored pension plans. [...]

22 07, 2021

CAAT Pension Plan brings on 55 more employers in first half of year

2021-07-22T14:50:13-07:00July 22nd, 2021|Categories: Multiemployer Plans|Tags: , , |

By Rob Kozlowski Source: Pensions & Investments Pension plan participants at 55 Canadian employers joined the C$15.8 billion ($12.7 billion) Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Pension Plan, Toronto, in the first half of 2021. With those moves, more than 3,300 new participants joined CAAT's DBplus plan, spokeswoman Lindsay Grillet said in an email. The additions bring the total to 125 employers in 10 industries that have joined the CAAT Pension Plan. The plan, which was originally established for [...]

19 07, 2021

5 key questions on pensions

2021-07-19T13:53:05-07:00July 19th, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

By: Jeffrey R. Smith Source: HR Reporter Employer-sponsored pension plans have shifted some of the responsibility for retirement saving to employees, but a supportive plan can be a good tool for recruitment and retention. Canadian HR Reporter spoke about pension plan strategies with Som Seif, founder and CEO of Purpose Investments in Toronto, which recently launched the Longevity Pension Fund. Q: How has an aging workforce affected employers’ approach to pension plans? A: “It’s one of the biggest social [...]

7 07, 2021

Canadian DB pensions see improved funded position, investment returns

2021-07-07T09:03:28-07:00July 7th, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: , |

Source: Benefits Canada The aggregate funded ratio for Canadian defined benefit pension plans in the S&P/TSX composite index increased from 94.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2021 to 95.6 per cent in the second quarter, according to a new report from Aon. It also found pension assets rose by four per cent during the same period. The rise was credited to positive returns on fixed income assets and continued strong equity market performance. However, long term Government of [...]

18 06, 2021

Are we headed for a retirement crisis?

2021-06-18T13:56:55-07:00June 18th, 2021|Categories: Retirement|Tags: , |

By Jim Wilson Source: Canadian HR Reporter Two-thirds (67 per cent) of Canadians feel that the country is facing an emerging retirement crisis, according to a new report. Why? More than six in 10 (63 per cent) have not set aside anything for retirement in the past year, up by five per cent from data recorded in 2020. Plus, 65 per cent said that saving for retirement is prohibitively expensive, according to the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP). [...]

17 06, 2021

Canada’s largest pension funds come together at inaugural climate change event

2021-06-17T16:53:50-07:00June 17th, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans, Sustainable Investing|Tags: , |

Source: Benefits Canada Representatives from eight of Canada’s largest pension funds — known as the Maple Eight — participated in the first meeting of the Sustainable Finance Action Council last week. On June 11, representatives of the Alberta Investment Management Corp., the British Columbia Investment Management Corp., the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan, the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, the [...]

3 05, 2021

72% of Canadian pension funds considering consolidation options: survey

2021-05-13T08:05:25-07:00May 3rd, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: , |

Source: Benefits Canada The majority (72 per cent) of Canadian pension funds said they’re currently focused on consolidation options that offer greater certainty they’ll be able to meet their liabilities, according to a survey by CIBC Mellon. It also found 50 per cent of pension funds surveyed plan on implementing consolidation plans over the next three to five years. The same percentage (50 per cent) of respondents that said they’re considering merging other funds’ assets into their owns plans [...]

23 04, 2021

DB plan solvency in best position since financial crisis: FSRA

2021-05-13T08:05:24-07:00April 23rd, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: , , |

By James Langton Source: Advisor's Edge In the first quarter of 2021, the funding status of defined-benefit (DB) pensions in Ontario surged to its best level since the financial crisis. The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) reported that the median solvency ratio for the province’s DB pensions rose to 103% (as of March 31), up from just 85% in March 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic began. In the first quarter, the median solvency ratio rose from 98% [...]

2 04, 2021

Canadian pension plans register big funding boost in Q1

2021-04-02T09:06:43-07:00April 2nd, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

By Rob Koslowski Source: Pensions & Investments The aggregate funding ratio of Canadian pension plans rose to 94.8% as of March 30 from 89.4% three months earlier, according to a survey from Aon. The overall funding deficit was about $21 billion. Overall pension assets lost about 2.3% in value over the quarter ended March 30 due to negative returns on fixed income that were partially offset by strong equity gains, according to a news release Wednesday announcing the survey. [...]

1 04, 2021

Canada’s DB pension plans continue to improve in 2021

2021-04-01T14:47:30-07:00April 1st, 2021|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

By Steve Randall Source: Wealth Professional Good news for Canada’s retirement savers, pension funds are continuing to improve their financial health in the first three months of 2021. The aggregate funded ratio for Canadian defined benefit pension plans in the S&P/TSX Composite Index increased from 89.4% to 94.8% in the first quarter according to the Aon Pension Risk Tracker. The strong performance of Canadian stocks helped bolster the position of pension funds, partially offsetting negative returns on fixed income assets, [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

29 09, 2020

Retirement security trumps job security

2020-09-29T12:22:24-07:00September 29th, 2020|Categories: Retirement|Tags: , |

Canadian workers are still focused on having a good workplace retirement plan, despite the global pandemic, according to a recent survey. Fifty-five per cent say that they are concerned about retirement security compared to 44 per cent who are worried about job security, finds the survey of 3,500 Canadians, conducted between May 27 and June 5 for the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP). “It reinforced to us how important and top-of-mind retirement savings are for Canadians,” says Steven [...]

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 [...]

3 08, 2020

Canadian defined benefit pension plans enjoy best quarter ever

2020-08-03T11:56:43-07:00August 3rd, 2020|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans|Tags: |

Canadian defined benefit pension plans experienced a pronounced upsurge in the second quarter, posting a median return of 9.6 per cent, according to the RBC Investor & Treasury Services All Plan Universe.  This marked the highest single quarter return in the universe’s history, reversing the steep Q1 losses and raising the median plan’s return to 1.4 per cent on a year-to-date basis. The gains followed a series of aggressive fiscal and monetary support measures introduced in March to address [...]

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