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Pension Pulse: Caisse’s High-Speed Push Into Infrastructure

Last week, Canada’s Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec acquired a 30 percent stake in Eurostar International, a high-speed rail service that runs between London, Paris and Brussels. The deal came just months after Caisse partnered with Quebec’s government to take over some of the province’s major infrastructure projects. Leo Kolivakis ...
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Pension Pulse: Diving Deeper Into Caisse’s Big 2014

The median U.S. public pension fund returned 6.8 percent in 2014. But north of the border, one of Canada’s largest public funds blew that figure away. Caisse de depot et Placement du Quebec, Canada’s second-largest pension fund, posted investment returns of 12 percent in 2014, nearly doubling the returns of its U.S. peers. Over at Pension Pulse, ...
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Canadian Pensions Bought $2.75 Billion in Commercial U.S. Property in January

Canadian pension funds have collectively invested $2.75 billion in commercial U.S. real estate in 2015, according to a survey conducted by the Financial Post. Canadian entities, including pension funds, invested $9.7 billion in U.S. real estate in 2014. More from the Financial Post: The quick start to 2015 comes on the shiny heels of 2014, in which ...
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CPPIB CEO Urges Canada to Look Overseas for Growth

The CEO of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) told the Toronto Region Board of Trade on Monday that Canada should be looking overseas and around the world for growth opportunities. More on Mark Wiseman’s remarks from the Times Colonist: Meanwhile, Wiseman said in a speech prepared for Monday’s annual dinner of the Toronto Region ...
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Canada Pension Funding Declined in 2014

The collective funding ratio of Canada’s defined-benefit pension plans declined by 2.7 percentage points in 2014, according to Aon Hewitt. From Benefits Canada: The median solvency ratio of 449 Aon Hewitt administered pension plans from the public, semi-public and private sectors stood at 90.6% at Dec. 31, 2014. That represents a decline of 0.5 percentage ...
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Ontario Teachers Pension Buys Storage Company

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has announced it will buy PODS, a moving and portable storage company. Ontario Teachers’ will purchase the entire company; the sale will be finalized in early 2015. From the Tampa Bay Business Journal: “We are excited about our new ownership by Teachers’ and are also appreciative of the support we ...
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Pension Funds Criticize Excessive Private Equity Fees; More Look To Direct Investing

Pension fund officials from Canada and the Netherlands expressed their frustration with private equity fees during a conference this week. The chief investment officer of the Netherlands’ $220 billion healthcare pension fund said it needs “to think about” the fees it is paying, according to the Wall Street Journal. Ruulke Bagijn, chief investment ...
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Lessons In Infrastructure Investing From Canada’s Pensions

Canada’s pension plans were among the first in the world to invest in infrastructure, and they remain the most prominent investors in the asset class. Are there any lessons to be learned from Canada when it comes to infrastructure investing? Georg Inderst, Principal of Inderst Advisory, thinks so. In a recent paper in the Rotman International Journal ...
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Video: CFO of Canada’s 2nd Largest Pension Asset Manager Talks Investment Strategy

  Here’s a 24-minute talk with Maarika Paul, chief financial officer at Caisse de Depot et Placement du Québec, Canada’s second-largest pension fund. Paul touches on infrastructure, e-commerce and real estate investing, as well as investing in Europe. The video was taken at the Bloomberg Canadian Fixed Income Conference in New York.
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Funded Status Of Canadian Pensions Falls in Third Quarter

The funded statuses of Canada’s defined benefit plans collectively fell in the third quarter to 91.1 percent, marking a 4.9 percent decline over the last three months; at the end of the second quarter, plans were 96 percent funded. The data comes from Aon Hewitt, who surveyed 275 of Canada’s defined benefit plans, both public and private. From ...
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