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Investors anticipate low-carbon economy

As the renewable energy sector grows in leaps and bounds; pension funds, banks, investment companies, and insurance companies are waking up to the risk of devaluation in fossil fuel investments.

Published: 19 Jan 2021

Two international teams claim victory in McGill portfolio-building competition

The first virtual McGill International Portfolio Competition (MIPC) drew 93 university teams from 18 countries to design portfolio strategies that address the rise of social inequalities and protectionism in the U.K.

Published: 7 Dec 2020

93 student teams tackle social inequality and protectionism at MIPC 2020

The fourth annual McGill International Portfolio Challenge invited 93 student teams from 18 countries to compete to solve a complex portfolio construction problem. This year’s case study challenged participants to invest a fictitious sovereign wealth fund in a way that addressed social inequalities and protectionism in the wake of Brexit.

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Published: 12 Nov 2020

Delve: Canada’s Pension Plan Is the Envy of the World, and Now We Know Why

A new study by Prof Sebastien Betermier is the first to use real data to do a quantitative analysis of asset allocation strategies and cost structures for hundreds of pension, endowment, and sovereign wealth funds across 11 countries. The results hold valuable lessons not only for financial planners, but also working Canadians dreaming of retirement.

Published: 9 Nov 2020

The case for a long-term divestment strategy

Pressure is on the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) to divest from fossil fuel companies in support of Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy. Professor Sebastien Betermier comments.

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Published: 5 Nov 2020

Advocacy for a second Caisse de dépôt

An article in La Presse features Sebastien Betermier’s research that reveals the superiority of Canadian pension funds. Using the Canadian pension funds as a model for success, the article proposes a second institution be introduced in Quebec for employees of cities and universities.

Published: 24 Sep 2020

Canada is a global leader in pension funds

Canada’s pension funds are outperforming global peers in investment performance and are stronger at hedging against liability risks, according to research co-authored by Professor Sebastien Betermier.

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Published: 21 Aug 2020

The politics behind the stock market

Professor Sebastien Betermier weighs in on the link between politics and stock returns, noting that while there is indeed a correlation, buying shares as a political statement isn’t a “sound investment strategy”.

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Published: 29 Jul 2020

Desautels professors celebrated for their teaching excellence

Congratulations to Sebastien Betermier, Professor of Finance, and Wei Qi, Professor of Operations Management, who were honoured at McGill’s Management Convocation ceremony for their excellence in teaching.

Published: 2 Jul 2020

Professor Sebastian Betermier on sustainable investing

Professor Sebastien Betermier sits down with the McGill Reporter to talk about sustainable investment strategies. According to Professor Betermier, progressive divestment strategies offer the best of both worlds for investors: they create positive environmental change while respecting the needs of all stakeholders.

Published: 28 Feb 2020

The complex nature of investment strategies

Professor Sebastien Betermier uses winning student proposals from the 2019 McGill International Portfolio Challenge as the model for sustainable investment strategies of university endowment funds, suggesting that divestment strategies should go beyond a simple yes or no response.

Published: 18 Feb 2020

A shift to cash in fixed-income exchange-traded funds

Financial Times has published an article featuring Professor Sebastien Betermier’s research on the increasingly common practice of creating fixed-income exchange-traded fund (FI-ETF) shares in cash.

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Published: 18 Feb 2020

Should you borrow money to invest in your future?

In an article in La Presse, Professor Sebastien Betermier cautions readers against the risk of borrowing money to invest.

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Published: 7 Feb 2020

The cash trend in fixed-income exchange-traded funds

Bloomberg has published an opinion piece featuring Professor Sebastien Betermier’s research on the shift from bonds to cash in fixed-income exchange-traded funds (FI-ETF).

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Published: 17 Jan 2020

Can university pension plans help tackle climate change?

In November 2019, teams in the McGill International Portfolio Challenge were asked to provide a solution for a fictional pension fund reassessing its investments in the interest of climate action.

In a piece for The Globe and Mail, Professor Sebastien Betermier considers the winning solution in the context of university pension plans.

Published: 6 Jan 2020


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