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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 […]
December 4, 2018

AMPing up the Pain

Back in May 2017, I wrote about some Scary New Powers for the Superintendent where at the end I asked for guidance from FSCO on how […]
November 26, 2018

OCIO – New Idea or Not

CRA, FSCO, PBGF, LCBO….we love our acronyms in the pension industry.  Here is a new one – OCIO – which stands for Outsourced Chief Investment Officer.  […]
October 10, 2018

DB – Time for the Comeback

  It’s official, DB is coming back! I wasn’t sure about this until last week when revered actuary Fred Vettese declared not only were private sector […]
September 17, 2018

The Individual Pension Plan – Part III – Getting Out

Most sponsors of Individual Pension Plans (IPPs) are sold a product intended to achieve one or more goals, such as targeting a certain retirement income, rewarding […]
August 27, 2018

CAAT DBplus – A Step in the Right Direction

There is an interesting development in the Canadian pension landscape that has the potential to be a real game changer.  Earlier this year, the CAAT Pension […]