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December 10, 2019

FSRA Assessments – Holiday Bills Come Early

The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (“FSRA”) surprised us all last month by getting a jump on the post-holiday bill hangover and issuing a non-regularly […]
November 25, 2019

Is it my turn to Retire? – Part ll

I was talking with a buddy last week who was having a crappy time at work.  Recent changes in the office has him working with new […]
November 12, 2019

DB Comeback – Part ll

It always feels a little self-serving to say anything positive about the future of DB plans.  With that said, I have spent most of the past […]
October 28, 2019

Sustainable Target Benefit Plans

Historically, industry conversations around pension plans have revolved around single-employer defined benefit pension plans (DB) and single-employer defined contribution programs (DC).  Much of the provincial and […]
October 15, 2019

What can DB Sponsors Expect at Year-end?

As we enter the fourth quarter of 2019, it is worthwhile for pension plan sponsors to review their plan’s recent investment performance and current funded status, […]
September 30, 2019

You Can’t Out-invest a Savings Problem

The thing I love most about Toronto is the traffic.  Second on my list is the cost of parking.  Oh wait, my list was upside down, […]
September 17, 2019

BC Pension Funding Consultation – Why can’t we all get along?

Last month, while many of us were on vacation, the British Columbia government continued their consultations on their pension funding framework by publishing a report from […]
August 30, 2019

New Thinking – The Merits of Postponed Retirement

My Dad retired in his late 50s when I was still in high school.  For the 18 years he enjoyed his retirement he always said that […]
August 20, 2019

Game Changer – 21st Century Funding of DB promises

A new set of rules for funding defined benefit pension plans is emerging in Canada.  I think we need to be honest about what we want […]
August 6, 2019

Pension Fund Investment – Is Bigger Always Better?

Dean’s recent commentary on Apollo 11 and Target Benefit Plans started me thinking about my mission in the pension industry.  Although I couldn’t see it clearly […]
July 22, 2019

Apollo 11: The Power of a Clearly Defined Goal

This past week marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon, and fulfilled the goal laid […]
July 9, 2019

FSRA Examinations – Keep Calm and Carry On

Several of our clients have had the pleasure of being ‘audited’ by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (“FSCO” – now renamed the Financial Services Regulatory […]