Pension Funding

July 6, 2020

Mid-Year Update and the Case for an Early Valuation

For sponsors of defined benefit pension plans, the first half of 2020 has been interesting, to say the least.  When the COVID-19 pandemic first started to […]
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 […]
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 […]
January 28, 2020

Final Changes to the Pension Commuted Value Standard

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 […]
January 13, 2020

The 30th Actuarial Report on the CPP – December 31, 2018

Just as we were heading into the holidays, Canada’s chief actuary published the 30th Actuarial Report on the Canada Pension Plan as at December 31, 2018.  […]
January 3, 2020

Looking Back on 2019, and Looking Ahead in 2020

It is again that time of year, when pension plan sponsors take stock of their experience in 2019 and make plans for 2020. What happened in […]
November 12, 2019

DB Comeback – Part ll

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 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 […]