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November 12, 2019

DB Comeback – Part II

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 […]
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 […]