The Canadian Pension Fund Model: A Quantitative Portrait
forthcoming in the Journal of Portfolio Management
Posted: 4 Aug 2020 Last revised: 7 Dec 2021
Date Written: March 3, 2021
This paper presents a quantitative portrait of the Canadian pension fund model. The authors show that, between 2004 and 2018, Canadian pension funds outperformed their international peers both in terms of asset performance and liability hedging. A central factor driving this success is the implementation of a three-pillar business model that consists of i) managing assets in-house to reduce costs, ii) redeploying resources to internal investment teams for each asset class, and iii) channeling capital toward growth assets that increase portfolio efficiency and hedge liability risks. This model works best for funds whose pension liabilities are indexed to inflation.
Keywords: Institutional fund management, retirement
JEL Classification: G23
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