A Real-Life Stress Test

The year 2016 started out with a bang, to say the least. The past year marked a transition in financial markets as the U.S. hiked overnight interest rates for the first time in nine years, releasing volatility and, with it, the rally in equity markets we’ve enjoyed so much over the last five years began to fizzle. It can be difficult to adjust to the end of...

Fast Pension Facts

Every Friday we share a pension fact, relevant to the majority of Canadians. We call them #PensionFactFriday - follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook to stay up-to-date on weekly facts!

Administration Check-Up for Plan Sponsors

Are you a plan sponsor? If so, you are deemed the administrator of your pension plan (some exceptions apply to trusteed plans). While the record-keeper/custodian of your program is looking after the investment and funding allocation, they rely upon your inputs for information regarding membership and funding. Plan sponsors, please remember a couple areas...

British Columbia Pension Plans

The deadline for pension plans registered in British Columbia to file plan amendments to comply with new legislation has been extended to March 31, 2016. Among the new requirements, plan administrators will need to have a written governance policy and meeting prescribed content requirements in place by the deadline. Alberta pension plans, governed by...

Fourth Quarter 2015 Review

Canadian Equities Canadian equities were down again this quarter, losing 1.4%. The same concerns over energy prices that plagued the market in Q3 continued in Q4. Canada’s economic growth prospects continue to suffer due to low oil prices, but the manufacturing sector increased exports over the quarter, aided by a strong U.S. economy and a weaker Canadian...

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