These are among the subjects included in the current issue of the Morneau Shepell News & Views, a monthly publication dedicated to providing insights to its clients in Canada
TORONTO, Nov. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Morneau Shepell, in the current issue of its newsletter, News & Views, points to Canada being on the verge of a major development in pension reform.
- IMMINENT C/QPP EXPANSION OR TARGETED PRPP SOLUTION? - We have witnessed several events over the last few months focusing on improvements to our retirement system. But governments need to consider carefully the implications of a possible expansion in the Canada/Quebec Pension Plan and they might want to examine simpler solutions as well.
- P.E.I. ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO PUBLIC SECTOR PENSIONS - Pointing to an estimated $400 million deficit its public sector pension plans, the government of Prince Edward Island recently announced significant changes that will impact the civil servants (as well as health sector workers) and teachers belonging to the two large plans in the province.
- CANADA-EUROPEAN UNION TRADE AGREEMENT INCLUDES CHANGES TO PRESCRIPTION DRUG PATENT RULES - Under the trade agreement in principle signed in October between Canada and the European Union, prescription drug patent protection could be extended by up to two years, delaying the availability of lower cost, generic equivalent drugs.
- MARKET INDICES - Monthly summary of returns from various market indices such as the TSX Group / PC Bond Indices and Canadian, U.S. and Foreign Equity Indices. Also includes returns from benchmark portfolios used by pension funds.
- TRACKING THE FUNDED STATUS OF DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION PLANS - Impact of past returns on plan assets and the effect of interest rate changes on solvency liabilities.
- IMPACT ON PENSION EXPENSE UNDER INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTING - Expense impact for a typical defined benefit pension plan.
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