Investments

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 […]
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.  […]
November 27, 2017

CPPIB – What’s going on

“Oh, you know we’ve got to find a way to bring some understanding here today” Marvin Gaye Many investment market participants think that the stock markets […]
November 6, 2017

Everyone Needs Good Advice

“What’s in your wallet?” is the Capital One slogan and I laugh every time I see their commercials. To me, the question isn’t “What’s in your […]
October 30, 2017

Rethinking DC

The real title of this commentary should be “Rethinking the role and format of defined contribution programs in the employer-sponsored retirement savings landscape in Canada.” But […]
September 27, 2017

Time to Fix the Maximum Transfer Values

With the expansion of the CPP checked off the Federal Government’s ‘to-do’ list, it is my hope that they still have the appetite to work on […]
August 1, 2017

Sears Canada – Retention and Retirement

I didn’t think much of it when news came out in June that Sears Canada had sought bankruptcy protection. Companies take wrong turns all the time […]
July 24, 2017

Too Late to Complain about Enhanced CPP

Earlier this month, an op-ed article by Rob Brown in the Globe and Mail referenced a recent study by Bob Baldwin and Richard Shillington, which takes issue […]
May 12, 2017

The Music Just Stopped – Housing Prices, Home Capital and Moody’s

I hope readers all remember the childhood game of musical chairs.  Kids walk in a circle around a set of chairs while music plays – when […]
March 28, 2017

A Difference of Opinion

I have been fascinated by the dispute between the Ontario Government and the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario that has transpired regarding the treatment […]
February 14, 2017

The Value of a Good Broker

  Real estate agents and insurance brokers are often maligned. It offends some people that an individual can collect a big fat commission cheque for what […]
January 17, 2017

De-risking in 2017

The last decade has seen much written and discussed about de-risking and in fact as I look back I started seeing this discussion emerge twenty years […]