June 15, 2022
With Canadians living longer, funds must be allowed to take more risk and withstand fluctuations in bad years without exorbitant solvency payments.
The most difficult task for pension fund managers is to properly calibrate risk and return to make sure that pensioners earn a steady income after retirement.
Guest viewpoint: Four takeaways for equitable CDC pension design
The combination of ultra-low interest rates and high longevity is putting a major strain on retirement systems across the globe. A recent report by the World Economic Forum predicts that the global gap between retirement savings and retirement needs will reach $400trn by 2050.
June 16, 2021
Global Financial Markets Center
Duke University School of Law
Green urban development: the impact strategy of canadian pension funds
With the global push toward sustainable investment, investors are concerned about whether the cost of investing green will result in lower portfolio returns in the long term. Are there win-win strategies where green investments can generate high returns alongside positive environmental impact?
February 18, 2020
Should universities abruptly divest from fossil fuel industry stocks?
The increasingly charged and polarized politics surrounding the climate crisis have asset managers between a rock and a hard place when considering their investment strategy. Should they abruptly divest from stocks of fossil fuel industries?
December 20, 2019
The Globe and Mail
Are university pension plans the next battleground in the climate-change debate?
The need to address the environmental impact of investments is clear, but what is less obvious is how to scale down fossil fuel investments in a way that balances the interests of all the stakeholders involved. Should fund managers be making rapid, definitive decisions to completely divest from fossil fuel stocks, or should they consider withdrawing progressively?
March 20, 2019
American Business Magazine
Designing a Sustainable Retirement Model for American Businesses
The U.S. pension system, the Defined-Benefit (DB) model, in which employers commit to paying a pension to employees for as long as they live, is disappearing quickly among American businesses and is being replaced with the Defined-Contribution (DC) model where employees become responsible for their retirement.
July 11, 2017
LSE Business Review
Investors' striking migration from growth to value investing over their life cycle
The value premium:
When a firm is listed on the stock market, the value of shareholders’ equity can be measured using both accounting and market-based methods. Accountants compute the book value of equity from the firm’s balance sheet. Since the stock is also continuously traded on the exchange, the market value of equity can be obtained by multiplying the stock price by the number of shares outstanding.
One of the long-standing puzzles in finance is that the stocks of firms with high book values proportionately to their market values (value stocks) tend to earn higher returns on average than stocks with the opposite characteristic (growth stocks). The difference in performance between value and growth stocks, called the value premium, is high in most markets, including the United States and the United Kingdom.