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Enhanced Contributions and Benefits to the Canada Pension Plan

Canada’s provincial finance ministers kicked off the first day of summer by reaching an agreement in principle with the federal government that would enhance contributions and benefits to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). Quebec and Manitoba were the only provinces not to agree. The agreement would see CPP benefits increased from current replacement income...

Unpredictable Change Over Time

Volatility refers to the degree of unpredictable change over time. To an investor, this generally means the potential range of returns around an expected or average return. Because volatility looks at unpredictable change, it is used to measure risk. The more volatile the price of the asset, the riskier the asset will be to invest in. Taken one step further...

Compliance: Avoid Pension Pain

We hope you liked our first video in our Proteus Viewpoint video series, Compliance: Avoid Pension Pain. For further information on compliance, read on! What does compliance mean when it comes to pension plans? When we talk about pension plan compliance with plan sponsors, it often comes down to a few things: 1. Identifying and recording what the plan needs...

Pension Plan Portability

Pension plan portability
Employer sponsored retirement savings plans range from defined contribution (DC) plans, to deferred profit sharing plans (DPSPs), to registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) and tax free savings accounts (TFSAs). Over the course of your career, you may be a participant in one or more of these programs. You may even have benefits under a program with a...

Understanding Investment Risks & Volatility

There are four different types of risk to consider when making your investment selection: Volatility: Volatility is the risk we normally associate with stocks or equity type funds because the price of these investments tends to fluctuate according to market conditions. Despite these fluctuations, markets have historically always rebounded. It is important...

Are Your Investments Traveling the Globe?

When it comes to managing investments, diversification is key. Diversification can be achieved through a single investment fund - such as a balanced or target date fund – or through portfolio construction. Within asset classes, it’s important to diversify equities geographically. Exposure to equities in different economies, such as Canada, the US, Europe,...

The Implied Volatility of Your Investment Policy

In our introductory article on volatility, A Real-Life Stress Test , we argued that the capital markets have entered a prolonged cycle of higher expected volatility. We suggested this was a time of opportunities. Indeed, a well-designed investment policy and skilled managers would surely turn this volatility into a value-add for institutional investors. In...

Considerations in Managing a Successful Risk Strategy

Join us at the Pension & Investments Canadian Pension Risk Strategies Summit, May 5th, at the Four Seasons Toronto. The summit will provide an overview of growing financial risk and increased market volatility of plan liabilities. Top experts will share their strategies for retirement plans considering whether to undergo a risk transfer transaction or...

Pension Related Highlights from the 2016 Federal Budget Announcement

Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the 2016 federal budget on March 22nd. The budget forecasts big deficits over the next five years, which includes financing a new tax-free monthly child benefit, more money for First Nations, infrastructure spending and extended employment insurance benefits to hard-hit regions.(1) The pension-related highlights from...

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Join us at the following conferences and hear us speak, we would love to connect! April 4th: Opal Group's Canadian Pension Congress To read more and understand what this all means, . Martin Leclair will be speaking on a panel at 4:45 p.m. regarding 'Manager Selection Strategies' April 5th: Opal Group's Family Office and Endowment Investment Forum Martin...

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