Coronavirus

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

How can pension plan sponsors manage factor exposure in equity portfolios?

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While factor behaviour tends to be consistent in market crashes and corrections, individual factor performance varies over the medium term. As such, institutional investors should ...

Canadian DB plans see upsurge in Q2: report

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Canadian defined benefit pension plans experienced an upsurge in the second quarter of 2020, posting a median return of 9.6 per cent, according to RBC Investor and Treasury ...

Fed sees dim economic outlook as virus squeezes economy

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Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell warned Wednesday that the viral epidemic is endangering the modest economic recovery that followed a collapse in hiring and spending ...

Strong Q2 equity gains good news for DB plans: report

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Canadian defined benefit pension plans recovered some of their losses from the start of 2020 in the second quarter off the back of strong public ...

Survey: Business economists sketch a more hopeful outlook

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The economic outlook of U.S. business economists has improved over the past three months, though their sunnier view may be jeopardized by the resurgence of ...

Is value investing still relevant?

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With a rough 2020 year-to-date, value investing’s recent poor performance follows over a decade of underperformance, leaving many to ask if it’s still relevant, according ...

How will coronavirus affect real estate investing long term?

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Institutional investors are grappling with the long-term implications of how the coronavirus pandemic will affect demand for various real estate sectors. Many real estate assets will remain under ...

Is the importance of quantitative analysis growing in wake of coronavirus?

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Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, in-person visits by institutional investors have been drastically reduced, temporarily short circuiting qualitative due diligence and leading to slightly more reliance ...

OSFI to resume policy development work in fall

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The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions is set to restart its policy development work this fall. The OSFI suspended consultations and policy development as part ...

Bank of Canada holds rate, forecasts decline in GDP of 7.8% this year

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The Bank of Canada is holding its key interest rate at 0.25 per cent in response to what it calls the “extremely uncertain” economic outlook ...

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