Coronavirus

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

Investment implications of a shifting economic outlook

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Canadian institutional investors are operating in a landscape that has changed dramatically since the initial market and policy reactions to the coronavirus pandemic. “A lot has changed ...

Bank of Canada has no immediate intentions to raise interest rates, Macklem says

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Canada’s new top central banker says the Bank of Canada has no intention to raise interest rates given the current economic circumstances created by the coronavirus ...

A primer on commercial mortgage funds

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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 ...

LAPP downside protection strategy saves almost $1.9 billion

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The volatility caused by the coronavirus pandemic made the first quarter of 2020 rough for many Canadian defined benefit pension plans. In early June, the Local ...

Employer pension plans’ asset values grow 2.3% in Q4 2019

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The market value of assets in Canadian employer-sponsored pension plans rose to $2.09 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2019, up 2.3 per cent ...

Fed to keep providing aid and sees no rate hike through 2022

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Confronted with an economy gripped by recession and high unemployment, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday that it will keep supplying all the help it ...

How are pension fund directors faring through coronavirus upheaval?

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Despite drastic changes stemming from the coronavirus crisis, the majority (58 per cent) of pension fund directors said their fund’s transition to a remote boardroom ...

How CN Rail pension, ATRF tackled liquidity as markets crashed

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When the coronavirus pushed equity markets off a cliff, Canadian defined benefit pension plans had to mobilize to address a number of concerns. The Canadian National ...

Will social bonds grow in popularity with coronavirus recovery?

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The City of Toronto has launched a social debenture framework to fund investments in affordable housing, transit and other basic infrastructure, access to essential services and ...

BCI highlights ESG successes in 2019 report

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The British Columbia Investment Management Corp. is touting its 2019 environmental, social and governance successes in its annual ESG report. Some highlights from the year include ...

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