Policy & Government

June 9, 2020

FSRA’s (Mostly Reasonable) Limitations on Commuted Value Transfers

Since 2009, defined benefit pension plan administrators in Ontario have had to regularly monitor the transfer ratio (“TR”) of their pension plan and are required to […]
May 25, 2020

Risk Analysis in Valuation Reports – FSRA’s Looking for More

In recent weeks, FSRA has caused a bit of a stir in the actuarial community with their recent guidance on the contents in an actuarial valuation […]
April 20, 2020

COVID 19 – The Balancing Act

COVID-19 vs The Economy When anyone starts a conversation about ‘restarting the economy’ they are often quickly accused of being an insensitive rich person that doesn’t […]
April 6, 2020

Commuted Values for Target Pension Arrangements

Editor’s Note:  This commentary was written before the April 6, 2020 announcement by the Actuarial Standards Board of the decision to delay the implementation for the […]
March 23, 2020

The Power of Postponed Retirement

This was supposed to be a big day for me.  Unfortunately for all of us, COVID-19 has taken over not only the entire media landscape but […]
March 9, 2020

A Perspective on Commuted Values

Editor’s Note:  This commentary was written before the April 6, 2020 announcement by the Actuarial Standards Board of the decision to delay the implementation for the […]
February 24, 2020

FSRA’s Supervisory Approach to DB Single-Employer Pension Plans

Over the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of serving on one of the first Pension Technical Advisory Committees established by the Financial Services Regulatory […]
February 10, 2020

Wind-up by Stealth™

Last Fall, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) published an outside-the-box Guidance Approach which has not gained much attention, but I believe that it […]
December 20, 2019

Pension Funding Reform in B.C. and Manitoba

The legislators in Western Canada have been busy this fall, requiring me to write one last blog before the end of 2019. Manitoba Pension Reform On […]
December 10, 2019

FSRA Assessments – Holiday Bills Come Early

The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (“FSRA”) surprised us all last month by getting a jump on the post-holiday bill hangover and issuing a non-regularly […]
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 […]
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 […]