Delve: Why Ultra-Low Yields Don’t Mean the End of Sustainable Pension Funds

Published: 26 November 2021

Retirement systems around the world, from public pension plans to private funds, are weathering a storm of ultra-low bond yields that threaten not only adequate returns for pensioners but the sustainability of the systems themselves. Designing retirement systems that are resilient to low yields requires balancing risk with resilience and innovative approaches.

At McGill Desautels Faculty of Management’s recent McGill International Portfolio Challenge 2021 symposium, pension plan experts Barbara Zvan (Inaugural President and Chief Executive Officer, University Pension Plan Ontario) and Eduard van Gelderen (Senior Vice President & Chief Investment Officer PSP Investments) shared their insights on the future of retirement systems with moderator and Desautels Professor Sebastien Betermier. Held on November 3, 2021, this Integrated Management Symposium Series event was co-presented by Delve and powered by the Global Risk Institute in Financial Services.

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