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Top 5 Practices for Group Retirement

Authored By: Advisors Forum-GRS Roundtable | Publish Date: December 18, 2017

1. Governance first, next, always 2. Do what you do best, facilitate the rest 3. Engage employees, win employers 4. Contributions are the thing 5. Ask the right (tough) questions

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Why Hedging Longevity Risk May Be Right For Your Plan

Authored By: Richard Brown | Publish Date: December 13, 2017

Whether it’s converting to defined contribution (DC) plans, evolving investment strategies, developing glide-paths or annuitizing inactive members, risk mitigation has become ingrained in the Canadian DB pension industry. But despite this evolution, there is one risk that hasn’t yet received its fair share of attention: longevity risk.

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The End Of Oil?

Authored By: Justin Anderson | Publish Date: November 17, 2017

In the spring of 2000, Sheikh Yamani gave an unprecedented interview with The Telegraph on the future of oil. As he was the former Saudi oil minister from 1962 to 1986, many paid close attention to his declaration that “[t]hirty years from now there will be a huge amount of oil ‒ and no buyers. Oil will be left in the ground. The Stone Age did not end for lack of stone and the Oil Age will end long before the world runs out of oil.”

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Session Explored Discovering Opportunity

Authored By: Stian Andersen | Publish Date: November 9, 2017

Leo de Bever provided a thought provoking presentation on geopolitics and what implications it has on pension plan investments focusing on the importance of innovation at the CPBI Southern Alberta Region ‘Embracing Change And Discovering Opportunity’ session.

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How Technology Is Boosting Employee Wellness Programs

Authored By: Anna Mittag | Publish Date: November 8, 2017

Approximately three out of four Canadians own a smart phone and many of them reach for it before they even get out of bed. This one small device has become a trusted companion, a way to stay connected with others, to find information, and even manage our personal lives. It has also paved the way for technology to become seamlessly integrated in our day-to-day activities, from banking, shopping, and entertainment to even managing our health.

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Employers Must Rise To Challenge Of Workplace Mental Health Issues Facing Millennials – And Everyone Else

Authored By: Mary Ann Baynton | Publish Date: October 26, 2017

Results of an Ipsos survey released recently on mental health issues in workplaces across Canada should flag to employers that they need to get ahead of a demographic trend highlighting the unique characteristics of millennials if they want to remain competitive in attracting younger employees.

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Q&A: Health Trends By Decade: How You Can Support Employee Health At Each Life Stage

Authored By: | Publish Date: October 19, 2017

Shaun Francis, chair and chief executive officer at Medcan, answers questions about the health conditions associated with different life stages and how employers can support employees at these different stages through their benefits plans.

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Opinion: Questions I’ve Always Wanted To Ask An Investment Manager

Authored By: James C. L. Clark | Publish Date: October 16, 2017

I have been involved in institutional investment management for pension and related funds in Canada for over 25 years and I have always wondered about the fee model that is used for portfolio management services.

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The Lid Is Blown Off Sexual Harassment In Workplace – Everyone Is Now Talking About It!

Authored By: Warren Shepell | Publish Date: October 11, 2017

Workplaces need to take notice and be very clear about their zero tolerance for all types of harassment, including sexual harassment. All types of workplaces, whether it is retailing, manufacturing, communications, hospitals, or hospitality, need to put an abrupt stop to this bad and despicable behaviour.

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Portable Beta In Modern Fixed Income Design

Authored By: Kamyar Hazaveh | Publish Date: October 4, 2017

The concept of ‘portable alpha’ has been used extensively to help with the efficient portfolio design on different benchmarks that reflect investors’ various long-term goals. This article, on the other hand, will deal with the new concept of ‘portable beta’ for core fixed-income portfolios.

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