Retirement

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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
July 19, 2018

New Research on CPP Enhancements

A recently released research paper by Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald, “New CPP Enhancements: What do they mean for Canadian workers and seniors?” models how enhanced CPP (i.e. CPP2) […]
April 27, 2018

A Brief Review of the Regulations that enact Ontario’s New Pension Funding Framework

On April 20, 2018, the Ontario Government filed the detailed regulations that formally implement the new funding framework for DB pension plans, as well as formalize […]
April 10, 2018

Proposed Regulations for Variable Benefits from DC Pension Plans

While you may ask, “What took them so long?”, the Ontario government recently published a description of the proposed regulations to permit variable benefits to be […]
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 […]
November 8, 2016

Big Three Automakers shift to DC

The strike deadline for Unifor members at Ford in Canada was 11:59pm on Monday October 31, 2016.  Early Tuesday morning (Nov 1st), about 30 minutes after […]