Ontario Pension Funding Reform

Background In the 2015 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review the government announced it planned to extend temporary solvency relief similar to measures introduced in 2009 and 2012, as well as review the province’s current solvency funding framework. Temporary Solvency Relief Effective July 1, 2016, temporary solvency relief has been extended for...

Second Quarter 2016 Market Review

Canadian equities were up this quarter, gaining 5.1%. Commodity related sectors were strong performers with the materials and energy sectors benefiting from higher gold, silver and oil prices respectively. The utilities sector also contributed positively to this quarter’s performance. The health care, technology, consumer staples and consumer discretionary...

How Should I Manage My Savings in Retirement?

Your retirement income will likely come from three sources: government programs, personal savings, and your employer’s retirement plan. The government programs consist of the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security. The assets you have accumulated under an employer retirement plan can be used to purchase an annuity, set up a managed income strategy or some...

The Volatility of Correlation and Its Impact on Portfolio Design

Since the development of modern portfolio theory, many institutional investors have used mean-variance optimization techniques to help identify their appropriate asset mix. This quantitative approach allows an investor to assess various allocations by considering the trade off between risk and return, and the relationship between the assets. The inputs to...

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...

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