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IMF: Low rates and reduced trade tension to aid world growth

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Low interest rates and reduced trade tensions will likely buoy the global economy over the next two years and help nurture steady if modest growth. That’s ...

OPTrust part of acquisition of Spanish solar plants

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The OPSEU Pension Trust, alongside Bruc Iberia Energy Investment Partners and Green Investment Group, are acquiring two solar photovoltaic power plants that are currently under construction in Spain ...

Iron Ore entering $560 million group annuity buy-in

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The Iron Ore Co. of Canada has purchased a $560 million group annuity buy-in that covers more than 3,700 defined benefit plan beneficiaries and current retirees. The transaction ...

Don’t be tempted by forecasts, says CBC pension plan CEO

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When pension plans have access to a lot of forecasting information, it’s easy to be tempted into straying from an initial plan. Yet sticking to strategy ...

What’s in store for alternative assets in 2020?

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The current market environment continues to push institutional investors into alternative assets, seeking both yield and diversification, but not all options are created equal. Hedge funds, according ...

North American envelope maker purchasing $46 million group annuity buy-in

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North American envelope marker and marketer, Supremex Inc., is purchasing a $46 million group annuity buy-in with RBC Life Insurance Co. The deal covers 361 defined benefit plan ...

Were market reactions to U.S. tensions with Iran a flash in the pan?

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When news hit that the U.S. military had carried out an attack that killed Qasem Soleimani, the major general of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, ...

How to drive DC plan members into the default investment option  

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If most defined contribution pension plan members who invest their own money underperform those who invest through professionally managed options, how can plan sponsors encourage ...

World’s largest asset manager shifts focus to climate change

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BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, will make climate change central to its investment decisions. Founder and chief executive officer Laurence Fink, who oversees the management of ...

CPPIB investing in Canadian precision oncology company

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The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is investing US$20 million in Fusion Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Hamilton, Ont.-based precision oncology company. The funds will go towards expanding ...

Contex Group Inc.