Coronavirus

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

What’s next for infrastructure assets after a rough Q1?

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With the coronavirus-induced shutdown causing ripples in public and private markets alike, infrastructure assets took a hit in the first quarter of 2020 — and the ...

LAPP reporting $3.4-billion loss in first quarter of 2020

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The Local Authorities Pension Plan is reporting a $3.4-billion loss in an “exceedingly difficult” first quarter, reducing the size of the fund by 6.5 per cent. The LAPP ...

National unemployment rate hits new record even as economy adds jobs

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Statistics Canada is reporting a record high unemployment rate as the economy added 289,600 jobs in May, with businesses reopening amid easing public health restrictions. The ...

Bank of Canada keeps key rate target on hold, expects return to growth in Q3

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The economy appears to have avoided a worst-case scenario due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Bank of Canada said Wednesday as it kept its key ...

Caisse releases 2019 annual report

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The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec has released its annual report, highlighting the results previously announced on Feb. 20, including a return of 10.4 ...

Coronavirus pummels certain real estate assets, bolsters others: report

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While real assets have traditionally served institutional investors well during times of economic stress, the ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic are starting to take their ...

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, ...

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