Colin Ripsman

Colin Ripsman

Colin Ripsman, LL.B., MBA, founded Elegant Investment Solutions in 2019, bringing 25 years of investment experience gleaned from senior roles with several leading consulting and investment management firms. Prior to joining Elegant IS, Colin was Vice President & Portfolio Manager - Institutional Client Services with Foyston, Gordon & Payne Inc as well as a Principal in the Eckler’s investment consulting practice. Before Eckler, he was Vice President and Institutional Portfolio Manager at Phillips, Hager & North.

In perfect balance: Different approaches to rebalancing pension portfolios

The recent market turmoil caused by the coronavirus crisis has increased the focus on rebalancing decisions for many Canadian pension plans. As certain asset classes outperform ...

A primer on commercial mortgage funds

The last decade of persistently low interest rates, exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis, has created challenges for institutional investors looking to generate income on their ...

A coronavirus game plan for defined benefit pension plans

The novel coronavirus has introduced unprecedented volatility to financial markets and is taking its toll on pension plans. We’ve seen sharp corrections in most equity markets. ...

Managing defined contribution pension plan fees (Part 2)

In a recent expert column, I broke down the different components of fees for defined contribution plans. And now, I will explore the key fee ...

Understanding defined contribution pension plan fees (Part 1)

Defined contribution pension plan fees have long been an area of significant risk for pension fiduciaries. Typically, a DC plan sponsor will negotiate fees for ...

Evaluating a DC plan OCIO offering

My last expert column piece looked at what outsourced chief investment officer, or OCIO, offerings look like for defined contribution plans. It also highlighted the various ...

How to evaluate a defined benefit OCIO provider

Outsourced chief investment officers, or OCIOs, are a service model where a pension plan sponsor or other institutional investor delegates certain decision-making responsibilities to ...

Five things to consider when hiring (or firing) a portfolio manager

Historically pension funds and other investors have tended to select investment managers based on their recent investment performance. This can lead to a pension fund ...

Investment strategies for frozen DB plans

Over the course of the last 15 years we have seen an increase in the number of frozen corporate defined benefit plans in Canada. Frozen plans ...

Setting a prudent asset mix policy for an aboriginal trust

Over the last few years we have seen numerous First Nations’ settlements with the government. The amounts of these settlements are typically large and can, ...

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