Coronavirus

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

Largest Canadian pensions positioned to manage coronavirus risks: Fitch

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Canada’s largest pension funds are expected to weather the ongoing market turmoil within their respective ratings because of their long time horizon, ability to adjust contribution rates ...

Is it time for pension plans to do away with absolute return benchmarks in infrastructure?

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For years, institutional investors have used absolute return or cash-plus benchmarks to measure infrastructure performance, but it’s time to put these in the past and ...

Liberals foresee high unemployment, $343 billion deficit due to coronavirus

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Nearly two million Canadian workers could remain unemployed this year, according to forecasts in the federal government’s long-awaited “fiscal snapshot.” The document released Wednesday details how ...

Is it time for pension plan sponsors to revisit risk tolerance?

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The coronavirus crisis may be a signal for some pension plan sponsors that it’s time to revisit their appetite for risk. A typical asset-liability study involves ...

Sun Life launching ESG framework for pension plan sponsors

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Sun Life Canada is launching an environmental, social and governance framework for its group retirement services to help pension plan sponsors and members make sustainable investing ...

PSP Investments raises over $700,000 for charities in wake of coronavirus pandemic

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The Public Sector Pension Investment Board’s special coronavirus emergency relief initiative has raised over $700,000 for various charities. Donations went to supporting four organizations actively involved in ...

What opportunities exist for institutional investors in private equity primary market?

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Many asset classes, including private equity, have been hammered by the coronavirus fallout, but opportunities still exist in the primary middle market for a variety ...

Bank of Canada survey says business hiring plans remain muted due to pandemic

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The Bank of Canada’s latest review of business and consumer expectations has revealed how widespread uncertainty is muting rehiring and purchasing plans, published days before ...

Tech platform helping connect institutional investors with private credit opportunities

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In the current low-yield environment, many pension funds are looking for alternatives to fixed income to earn the returns required to pay pension obligations. The answer ...

Should institutional investors be concerned over surge in U.S. corporate bond supply?

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The increase in U.S. corporate debt issued in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak could be a warning signal to credit investors, according to a ...

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