Pensions & Investments

The role of private credit in the economic cycle

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With banks pulling back as suppliers of credit in times of economic downturn, investment funds entering the private credit space can help promote economic resilience ...

Local lessons: a Texas plan’s outlook on investments

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In a market environment where finding returns is tough, the Employees Retirement System of Texas turned to emerging markets and alternatives to provide the pension ...

Revisiting the commuted-value standard

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The Actuarial Standards Board is consulting on changes to key components of how the commuted value for a pension plan is calculated. The commuted-value standard is ...

Ontario DB plans’ solvency drops in last quarter of 2018: FSCO

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Ontario’s defined benefit pension plans had a median solvency ratio of 94 per cent at the end of 2018, according to the Financial Services Commission ...

Technology and talent working in tandem

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Over the past several years, companies have focused on cost-cutting, but the scope to do this has been declining. At the same time, productivity growth ...

U.K. government consults on incorporating illiquid assets in DC investments

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A consultation paper by the U.K. government is considering how defined contribution plans could incorporate more illiquid investments. Specifically, the consultation’s proposals include requiring larger DC ...

97% of institutional investors seek non-financial disclosures from investee companies: survey

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The vast majority (97 per cent) of institutional investors said they conduct an evaluation of their target companies’ non-financial disclosures, representing close to a 20 ...

Back to basics on currency hedging

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The world was caught off guard when the U.K. voted to leave the European Union on June 23, 2016, since the majority of polls had ...

Are annuities super bonds?

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Last year was a strong year for the Canadian annuity market and the start of 2019 is looking promising as well, said Marie Desrochers, director ...

OMERS Ventures talks innovation

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The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System is a direct investor across all its asset classes; however, as it continued to get bigger, it was missing ...

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