FIS Digital – June 2020

CPP Investment’s COVID journey

In this Fiduciary Investors Series podcast Amanda White talks with Geoffrey Rubin, chief investment strategist at CPP Investments, which manages the investments of Canada’s largest pension fund with about C$410 billion of assets. They discuss scenario planning, the benefits of total portfolio management, rebalancing and liquidity as well as the forward-looking view of the global economy and opportunistic investments for long-term investors.

Geoff Rubin is responsible for overall fund-level investment strategy and heads the total portfolio management (TPM) department – the operational arm of CPP Investments’ investment planning committee, with overall management accountability for the oversight and management of the fund’s investment portfolio. He joined CPP Investments in 2011, with the inception of TPM, and has helped shape its growth and evolution, and to define and execute CPP Investments’ total portfolio approach. Previously, he held finance roles with Fannie Mae and Capital One Financial where he managed the global balance sheet. Rubin also ran a consulting practice and was Adjunct Professor at American University’s Kogod School of Business in Washington, DC. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia and a PhD in Economics from Princeton University.

Amanda White is responsible for the content across all Conexus Financial’s institutional media and events. She is responsible for directing the bi-annual Fiduciary Investors Symposium which challenges global investors on investment best practice and aims to place the responsibilities of investors in wider societal, and political contexts, as well as promote the long-term stability of markets and sustainable retirement incomes. She is the editor of, the online news and analysis site for the world’s largest institutional investors. White has been an investment journalist for more than 20 years and has edited industry journals including Investment & Technology, Investor Weekly and MasterFunds Quarterly. She was previously editorial director of InvestorInfo and has worked as a freelance journalist for the Australian Financial Review, CFO, Asset and Asia Asset Management. She has a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney. She was previously a columnist for the Canadian publication, Corporate Knights, which is distributed by the Globe and Mail and The Washington Post. White is currently a fellow in the Finance Leaders Fellowship at the Aspen Institute. The two-year program consists of 22 fellows and seeks to develop the next generation of responsible, community-spirited leaders in the global finance industry.

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