Vampire Beaver or Cuddly Canadian? The ‘Maple Revolutionaries’ Face an Identity Crisis

Canadians collectively hold some USD $2.4 trillion in assets in funded and private pension arrangements, representing 160% of GDP. Over USD $420 billion of these assets are held abroad, and many of Canada’s largest pension funds invest a significant portion of this capital in illiquid, long-term assets, such as transportation and municipal infrastructure. Investors favour these assets, since they tend to generate solid, stable returns over long periods of time.

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Who gets to decide the price of a bus ticket?

Will pension funds own and operate the next generation of mass transit in Canada?

Like other large investment funds, pension funds in Canada and around the world have a lot of assets to put to work, and not enough attractive investment opportunities. This is intensifying pressure to get access to projects that historically have been the preserve of public sector.  It may also be driving pension funds to take on more risk. [Read more…]

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