In 2016, Express Scripts Canada’s analysis of private-plan spending trends once again reflected opposing cost forces. Factors driving an increase in drug spend have outweighed downward pressure on drug costs. At the same time, high-cost drugs and high-cost patients continued to create troubling trend acceleration.
We are now at a crossroads—the cost impact of patent expiries is slowing, while that of high-cost drugs and patients with multiple chronic conditions continues to accelerate.
Enhancing Your Investment Grade Allocation with Private Debt
Published By: TD Asset Management| 04/05/2017
It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the details, especially when they are being reported around the clock, 140 characters at a time. However, today’s headlines mostly revolve around things we can’t control and create market imbalances we can’t control, so while it’s important to be aware of the macro backdrop, the fixed income team at TD Asset Management
(we) believes investors will be better served by focusing on the things they can control.
CLIMATE CHANGE is one of the most significant challenges facing the world today and increasingly complex to navigate as a large, global investor. Bold steps and ingenuity will be required to reduce the effects of climate change in the coming decades. Equally, bold steps will be required to help investors understand and mitigate the risks that climate change presents to our portfolios.
ESG's place in investment portfolios. Today and tomorrow.
Published By: State Street Global| 24/04/2017
Growing interest in environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials among institutional investors reflects a view that ESG insights and perspectives can address multiple objectives. In addition to targeting positive social or environmental impacts, ESG criteria are increasingly recognized as material to long-term financial outcomes. https://www.ssga.com/na/ca/permitted-client/en/home.html
Multi-factor investing and environmental, social and governance strategies
Published By: HSBC| 10/04/2017
Learn how selective exposure to well-established risk premia factors — value, size, momentum, low risk, quality and environmental, social and governance (ESG) approaches can minimize unintended exposures when executing multi-factor-ESG investment strategies.
Key global industries are being disrupted by technological innovation, changing consumer preferences, and political or regulatory initiatives. These changes may produce extreme performance gains for winners. David Eiswert, CFA, portfolio manager of T. Rowe Price’s Global Focused Growth Equity Strategy, shares his insights on how a portfolio structure that allows investors to compare opportunities across geographic regions can leverage fundamental stock-picking skill.
Economic conditions, longevity and other risks related to defined benefit (DB) pension arrangements have left many questioning the traditional DB model. Defined contribution (DC) arrangements have seen growth but they too have flaws. As a response, many jurisdictions in Canada are considering new pension structures. Discussed in part 1 – Motivation for change and, in part 2, Investing strategically.
Changing The Game for Employees Living With Obesity
Published By: Novo Nordisk| 01/11/2015
Progressive approaches to support chronic weight management
Imagine being able to reduce or prevent benefits costs associated with some common chronic conditions. How? By changing the ways private health plans think about and respond to obesity.
Novo Nordisk Canada gathered together key industry opinion leaders for insights on progressive ways to address obesity as a chronic disease, both in plan design and wellness programming. Read more about how the industry can open the door to healthier, more productive employees.
How to Manage Tracking Error with Greater Certainty
Published By: Hillsdale Investment Management Inc.| 22/10/2015
In the Canadian equity manager universe, there is no evidence that tracking error risk is proactively managed. This is especially surprising given that tracking error is an important measure of active investment management risk as it provides investors with a tool to estimate the expected variability of their manager’s value added. This paper examines two different techniques a Canadian equity manager can employ to manage tracking error risk.