Pension Funding

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 […]
August 20, 2019

Game Changer – 21st Century Funding of DB promises

A new set of rules for funding defined benefit pension plans is emerging in Canada.  I think we need to be honest about what we want […]
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 […]
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 […]
October 10, 2018

DB – Time for the Comeback

  It’s official, DB is coming back! I wasn’t sure about this until last week when revered actuary Fred Vettese declared not only were private sector […]