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June 24, 2019

2019 CAP Member Survey

Each year Benefits Canada surveys members of Capital Accumulation Plans to monitor trends and the overall success of these programs.  As we migrate to a world […]
June 11, 2019

G19 – Who has something to hide?

Please forgive yourself if you don’t know what G19 is (was).  It was a guideline published by the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association regarding Compensation […]
May 29, 2019

The Wonders of Variable Payment Life Annuities

I figured that since Joe has been writing a lot about DC plans and annuities lately, and earlier Dean provided his commentary on the recent Federal […]
May 13, 2019

Annuity Alternatives for DC Plans

In my last commentary I wrote about the advantage that DB pension plans have in providing for higher pension payments to retirees from accumulated assets than […]
April 30, 2019

Annuities and the DB Plan Advantage

Marvel Comics introduces Annuity Woman! I have written about annuities before and my admiration for the super powers of the annuity in risk management.  There is […]
April 15, 2019

At What Age Are You Old?

I sure am tired of hearing that age 50 is the new age 40.  But the expression has an important underlying meaning.  The expression referring to […]
March 26, 2019

The 2019 Federal Budget – New Policy Initiatives Could Provide Canadians With More Flexibility

The 2019 Federal Budget that was released last week includes a few proposals that could dramatically change the landscape for retirement savings in Canada.  With the […]
March 19, 2019

Educating our Children IV – No Easy Roads

I rarely pay much attention to the lives of the rich and famous as they play out in front of us through the media.  That said, […]
February 26, 2019

Is DB Really Better?

There is a lot of momentum lately around the comeback of DB plans.  We see continuous media coverage on how unprepared Canadians are for retirement and […]
February 11, 2019

Discount Rates – What is all the fuss about?

In recent months two interesting research papers were issued.  The first, published by the Fraser Institute and authored by Malcolm Hamilton and Phillip Cross is Risk […]
January 29, 2019

Pension Commuted Values Revisited

It seems that actuaries like nothing more than debating exactly how to calculate a commuted value for a member of a defined benefit (DB) pension plan […]
January 4, 2019

Ringing in the New Year in 2019

Being early January 2019, it is the time of year when many plan sponsors pay closer attention to the funded status of their plans and start […]