Coronavirus

Coverage of COVID-19 and its impact on pensions and investments

FSRA allowing DB pension sponsors to defer contributions until 2021

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The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario is providing employers with the option to defer contributions to certain defined benefit pension plans to help with their ...

91% of institutional investors say pandemic will lead to a global recession: survey

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A majority (79 per cent) of institutional investors see a global economic slowdown as the top threat to their portfolios in the next 12 months, ...

Federal Reserve sees rates near zero at least through 2023

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The Federal Reserve expects to keep its benchmark interest rate pegged near zero at least through 2023 as it strives to accelerate economic growth and ...

FSRA estimating jump in DB pension solvency off rebound in markets

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The median projected solvency ratio for Ontario’s defined benefit pension plans increased to 90 per cent at the end of 2020’s second quarter, up from ...

Why the ‘S’ in ESG should stay in spotlight post-pandemic

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Evidence is growing that company standards on social factors are a major risk and opportunity set for institutional investors to examine. The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted many ...

Institutional investors eyeing alternative assets as pandemic uncertainty lingers

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Close to half of global institutional investors are planning to increase their allocations to alternatives amid coronavirus-related volatility, according to a new survey by CoreData Research ...

Is inflation back on institutional investors’ minds?

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While massive monetary policy response didn’t drive inflation following the 2008/09 financial crisis, institutional investors are mulling over whether things may be different this time. The global economy has ...

Institutional investors looking to raise emerging market exposures: research

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Historically, many institutional investors have been wary of emerging markets despite their growing role in the global economy, but the tide may be shifting, according ...

Four trends to watch in China through the recovery

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In China, keeping the novel coronavirus under control is key to maintaining the economic recovery, and there are reasons to be optimistic, despite a breakdown ...

How DC pension investments weathered the pandemic storm

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Defined contribution plan members are contending with volatile equity markets, ultra-low interest rates and the threat of inflation as the country’s economy begins its tentative ...

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