Coronavirus

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

Projected Ontario DB pension solvency ratios hit significantly in Q1: FSRA

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The first quarter of 2020 was rough for Ontarian defined benefit pension plans as they experienced the most significant quarterly decline in projected solvency ratios ...

Is it time to revisit insurance-linked securities?

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The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has triggered major corrections in the equity, commodity and debt markets as participants try to gauge the full extent ...

Bank of Canada launches corporate bond purchase program

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Last week marked the beginning of an unprecedented one-year program through which the Bank of Canada is purchasing corporate bonds. The program, originally announced on April ...

Statistics Canada says first quarter GDP worst showing since 2009

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Canada’s economy had its worst quarterly showing since 2009 through the first three months of 2020 owing to the novel coronavirus, Statistics Canada said Friday, ...

Pension risk-transfer market sees $5.2BN in transactions in 2019: report

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The pension risk-transfer market had another record-breaking year for transactions in 2019, according to Eckler’s latest report. Transactions for the year came to $5.2 billion, with ...

IMCO creating policy research internships at C.D. Howe Institute

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The Investment Management Corp. of Ontario is supporting six paid internships at the C.D. Howe Institute for summer 2020. “The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a challenging ...

Commercial litigation finance demand fuelled by coronavirus

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In legal circles, it has always been thought that crises breed litigation. And while that appears to be the case in the current crisis, it ...

What does coronavirus mean for institutional investors engaged in aviation leasing?  

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With air traffic expected to drop by almost 50 per cent in 2020, institutional investors that use aircraft leasing as part of their investment strategies ...

Pension de-risking and the coronavirus – what now?

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It’s hard to believe that just recently, people weren’t cutting their own hair or binge-watching Tiger King. At the beginning of the year, defined benefit funding ...

Private equity activity slumps in Q1: report

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With volatility rattling public markets, fundraising for private equity deals took a tumble during the first quarter of 2020, according to a new report by ...

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