Alternative investments figures in the DC topics at 2016 Benefits and Pension Summit

by Jonathan Adams

The pension stream at Benefits Canada‘s 2016 Benefits and Pension Summit will cover a range of topics such as the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, the implications of environmental, social and governance factors that should be front of mind for plans sponsors with defined contribution pension plans.

The annual is to be held on March 31 and April 1 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto hotel and will include simultaneous streams on both defined contribution pensions and group benefits. The sessions include a look at alternative investments in defined contribution pension plans that will explore the benefits, risks and practical considerations plan sponsors should keep in mind.

Senior vice-president for client strategy at Greystone Managed Investments, Zaheed Jiwani, who will speak during the session, said: “Most people don’t realize that there is a significant difference between direct alternatives, like real estate, and listed alternatives, like [real estate investment trusts]”.

“Listed alternatives trade like equities, and so they demonstrate equity-like volatility. Direct alternatives, on the other hand, demonstrate significantly lower volatility and provide a much better benefit to your overall portfolio.”

Legal risks in defined contribution pension plans and governance issues will also be covered during the event. Author and mental-health advocate, Margaret Trudeau will deliver the keynote address at the conclusion of the event.

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