With C$205 billion ($160 billion) in assets, OTPP is the largest single-profession pension plan in Canada. It is an independent organisation that invests the pension fund’s assets and administers the pensions of 329,000 active and retired teachers in Ontario. OTPP employs more than 1200 employees at the head office in Toronto and investment offices in London, Hong Kong and New York. More than 1500 people work at its real estate subsidiary Cadillac Fairview.
Three investors reflect on the what lies ahead highlighting a buoyant 2021 but challenges beyond. Their suggestions include allocations to real assets and diversifying out of traditional fixed income as they navigate portfolio construction considerations in a new investment paradigm.
The gender gap in modern day companies begins in the preferences of CEOs developed during their own seminal years and produces significant real effects including reduced productivity and company performance according to a new academic study. It gives institutional investors another lever for managing bias, and monitoring company performance.
Amanda WhiteDecember 12, 2019
Just as some of the world’s largest pensions funds sell down their fixed income holdings in favour of equities and private assets, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan has been buying more in 2019 as it seeks to rebalance the portfolio in the event of an economic downturn.
Sarah JonesOctober 15, 2019
There has been widespread adoption and more board engagement since the launch of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures recommendations in 2017 but more work is needed to get a uniform and comparable approach to climate change disclosure across the investment community.
Sarah JonesSeptember 27, 2019
OTPP increased its bond allocation from 22 to 31 per cent last year. The defensive strategy was aimed at taking advantage of rising yields in fixed income markets and protecting the portfolio from a potential economic slowdown given the late cycle and decade-long economic expansion.
Sarah RundellApril 6, 2019
There is still alpha in public equities markets, says Ron Mock, chief executive of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, who supports the fund’s allocation to hedge funds. Mock’s “faith” in active management extends to quantitative strategies – with the right managers.
Amanda WhiteFebruary 5, 2019