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How much does a pension plan’s “personality” contribute to its return profile?

News report: “HOOPP’s returns defy market trends“ This headline caught my eye, and not just because it reflected more good news for the local contingent of high profile Canadian pension plans. HOOPP is one of those larger-sized plans that always seems to march to its own drummer. The current investment strategy was designed years ago

 
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Who needs Silicon Valley money? Canada, that’s who.

I love that the Canadian tech scene is getting so much mainstream media attention of late. Positive attention, too…it’s not just about the multi-year debacle at MaRS (see representative prior post “No surprise in MaRS scandal” May 30-14). This extended focus is certainly good for the entrepreneurs who are trying to grow their businesses, and,

 
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SurveyMonkey deal demonstrates power of late stage private markets

News Report: SurveyMonkey Valued at US$2 billion as Some Investors Sell Shares Once upon a time, the only way a tech company could raise $250 million was via an Initial Public Offering. Then along came Facebook, and the mold was broken. Over the course of a few years, Facebook did a series of financing transactions,

 
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How did experimental Canadian Ebola vaccine wind up in Iowa?

News report: Canadian Ebola vaccine to be shipped to Geneva next week Along with the rest of our planet, I dearly hope that the researchers at Winnipeg’s National Microbiology Laboratory have discovered the 21st century’s version of Major Sir Frederick Banting, MC’s insulin discovery (and then some). What will come as a surprise, perhaps, is

 
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CPPIB draws more critical attention, but to what end?

I hate to be the one to break it to the very influential pairing of The Fraser Institute and Andrew Coyne, but they are wasting their time on the CPP Investment Board. As someone who has been blogging about the agency’s activities since July 2007, at some personal cost, I dearly understand why the topic

 
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