Investments

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 […]
January 3, 2017

It’s January 3, 2017 – let’s start the year off with some good news

With 2016 now in the past, it is time for pension plan sponsors to take stock and plan for 2017. Solvency position at December 31, 2016 […]