Pension Plans Shed Stocks to Manage Volatility

Coverage of the 2012 Risk Management Conference

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John PoosHow are Canadian plan sponsors managing volatility risk post-2008? Many of them are making some big moves out of stocks. At the 2012 Risk Management Conference, we sat down with John Poos, vice-president, pensions and benefits, George Weston Ltd., and asked him what his key risks are and how he’s dealing with them. For Poos at Weston the top risk is an asset-liability mismatch due to the pension funds’ 60-40 allocation to equities and bonds. “There is risk around public markets exposure and we are working on a closer alignment of assets and liabilities,” he said, noting that a shift out of equities will be a big part of that. Click on the image to watch the entire interview.

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