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Fourth Quarter 2011 Review

Canadian Equity The Canadian economy regained some of the momentum it lost earlier in the year and reported positive GDP. The Canadian equity market as measured by the S&P/TSX Composite Index grew 3.6% over the quarter but finished the year down 8.7%. Gains were led by the industrials sector followed by the energy sector which posted positive results...

"What is Pension Governments?"

Gord Lewis, Vice President, takes a look back at the evolution of pension governance over the past 20 years in this article from the December 2011 edition of Benefit and Pensions Monitor.

Back to basics: What, me, rebalance?

Ryan Kuruliak's most recent Benefits Canada Expert Panel article can be found here . The article discusses the benefits and challenges of portfolio rebalancing.

CAP member advice: The elephant in the room

In this article, Ryan Kuruliak, Vice-President, explores the concept of plan member advice from a Canadian Capital Accumulation Plan (CAP) sponsor's perspective.

Ontario — New Marriage Breakdown Regulations

Effective January 1, 2012, new regulations relating to the division of pension assets on the breakdown of a marriage will come into effect in Ontario. Please see this recent Pension Update from Proteus for more information.

Benefits Canada Target Date Article - Part 2

In this article, Ryan Kuruliak, Vice President, further examines Target Date Funds in Canada and provides a framework for institutional investors to evaluate the options in the market place. This article could also be found on Other Benefit Canada Expert Panel articles written by Ryan are a archived here .

Second Quarter 2011 Review

Canadian Equity The Canadian stock market continued to be resilient in the first quarter as a global economic recovery drove the S&P/TSX Composite to a gain of +3.1%. This is the fourth consecutive quarter of positive returns. Nine of the ten equity sectors finished positive. The strongest performing sectors were financials, health care and consumer...

Finding the Target (Date Fund)

Ryan Kuruliak, Vice President recently completed an article for Benefits Canada's Expert Panel relating to Target Date Fund evaluation. This first article focuses on Glide Path construction. Check back often for more articles in this series along with other topics of interest to institutional investors and pension plans. This article could also be found on...

First Quarter 2011 Review

Continuing the trend of the second half of 2010, the Canadian equity market posted strong first quarter results with the S&P/TSX Composite Index up 5.6% over the period. Gains were led by the health care sector (which represents only 1% of the overall Index) and the energy sector as crude oil prices increased in the face of rising political tension...