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Research Report

TRANSITIONING FROM THE PANDEMIC: Towards a More Balanced Fiscal Policy

As Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination rates achieve critical thresholds in mid 2021, fundamental changes in fiscal policy are recommended to boost the Canadian economy’s supply side and make governments’ demand-side support more effective.

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This executive note briefly examines a number of different types of liabilities that may arise for financial institutions, provides illustrative case examples, and offers ideas for effective governance.

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Green Urban Development: The Impact Investment Strategy of Canadian Pension Funds

Large Canadian pension funds are known to invest heavily in real assets, which include real estate, infrastructure and land. In this paper, we take the analysis down to the asset level and study how these funds create value and manage risks in the private real estate market.

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FINANCIAL INNOVATION SERIES – Machine Learning: Unsupervised Learning in Finance

The last decade has witnessed a large-scale adoption of machine learning tools in finance. According to the latest report  by Refinitiv, the number of data science teams in financial services firms have risen by more than 260 per cent since 2018 (see Refinitiv 2020).

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COVID-19 Triggers Great Nonfinancial Risk Crisis: Nonfinancial risk management best practices in Canada

COVID-19 Triggers Great Nonfinancial Risk Crisis: Nonfinancial risk management best practices in Canada Lois Tullo, Executive in Residence, Global Risk Institute Download the full Report - PDF Version INTRODUCTION The spread of viral disease COVID-19 is the most transformative nonfinancial risk (NFR) of this decade.  The uniting of strategy and risk management has never been... View Article

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A Frame of Reference: Geopolitical Risks to Canadian Financial Services

In this paper, we assess the disruptive transition in geopolitics, from a multilateralist and interconnected world to an emerging paradigm of “Splintered Integration.” In this emerging paradigm, state competition overlays and even pushes back against globalization. Economic interconnectivity remains deep but uneven, with greater restrictions in some domains than in others.

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A Comparison of Pension Fund Regulation in Canada and the Netherlands

This study compares two pension supervisory frameworks (the Dutch and Canadian framework) and examines which short-term and long-term regulations for occupational pension funds are best at maintaining a healthy financial situation for the fund and provides the best results for participants in terms of pension benefits.