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May 25, 2020

Risk Analysis in Valuation Reports – FSRA’s Looking for More

In recent weeks, FSRA has caused a bit of a stir in the actuarial community with their recent guidance on the contents in an actuarial valuation […]
May 13, 2020

Dear PIAC – We are Here to Help

The May 8, 2020 letter from the Pension Investment Association of Canada (PIAC) to the Commissioner of the Competition Bureau hit my desk this morning.  Thanks […]
April 27, 2020

Childhood Lessons from Adversity

I was born in the 1970s and my childhood and youth was spent under a communist regime in Poland until the end of the 1980s when […]
April 20, 2020

COVID 19 – The Balancing Act

COVID-19 vs The Economy When anyone starts a conversation about ‘restarting the economy’ they are often quickly accused of being an insensitive rich person that doesn’t […]
April 13, 2020

Telecommuting

If you asked me, I would have said that telecommuting has been around since the 1990s.  When I looked it up it seems like it has […]
April 6, 2020

Commuted Values for Target Pension Arrangements

Editor’s Note:  This commentary was written before the April 6, 2020 announcement by the Actuarial Standards Board of the decision to delay the implementation for the […]
March 23, 2020

The Power of Postponed Retirement

This was supposed to be a big day for me.  Unfortunately for all of us, COVID-19 has taken over not only the entire media landscape but […]
March 9, 2020

A Perspective on Commuted Values

Editor’s Note:  This commentary was written before the April 6, 2020 announcement by the Actuarial Standards Board of the decision to delay the implementation for the […]
February 24, 2020

FSRA’s Supervisory Approach to DB Single-Employer Pension Plans

Over the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of serving on one of the first Pension Technical Advisory Committees established by the Financial Services Regulatory […]
February 10, 2020

Wind-up by Stealth™

Last Fall, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) published an outside-the-box Guidance Approach which has not gained much attention, but I believe that it […]
January 28, 2020

Final Changes to the Pension Commuted Value Standard

Editor’s Note:  This commentary was written before the April 6, 2020 announcement by the Actuarial Standards Board of the decision to delay the implementation for the […]
January 13, 2020

The 30th Actuarial Report on the CPP – December 31, 2018

Just as we were heading into the holidays, Canada’s chief actuary published the 30th Actuarial Report on the Canada Pension Plan as at December 31, 2018.  […]