Pension

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 […]
May 29, 2019

The Wonders of Variable Payment Life Annuities

I figured that since Joe has been writing a lot about DC plans and annuities lately, and earlier Dean provided his commentary on the recent Federal […]
May 13, 2019

Annuity Alternatives for DC Plans

In my last commentary I wrote about the advantage that DB pension plans have in providing for higher pension payments to retirees from accumulated assets than […]
April 30, 2019

Annuities and the DB Plan Advantage

Marvel Comics introduces Annuity Woman! I have written about annuities before and my admiration for the super powers of the annuity in risk management.  There is […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]