Alberta’s government-owned money manager has lost more than $4-billion on what clients are calling a wrong-way bet against sharp swings in stock prices, dealing a heavy financial blow to a province already reeling from falling oil prices and the COVID-19 pandemic.
LAPP funds are currently managed by AIMCo. "As of today, I don't think there's really been a consultation process," Brown said. Alberta regulations require LAPP to use AIMCo as its fund manager. Alberta regulations require LAPP to use AIMCo as its fund manager. The transition is not due to be completed until the end of 2021, so AIMCo’s loss does not affect Alberta’s teachers and retirees.
Alberta Investment Management Corp., known as AIMCo, suffered far larger losses than comparable funds after investing in contracts that pay off only if stock markets remain stable. “AIMCo acknowledges that it is not immune to the challenges, unique as they may be, that institutional investors around the world have experienced.”. said Lee Martin, a teacher at Calgary's St. Teresa of Calcutta School. "The trend has been, over the last few decades … moving toward defined contribution and away from defined benefit," Fischer said. In the weeks that followed, representatives from relevant organizations have said they felt stonewalled as they have sought to consult on pending legislation. The move was a "hijacking," according to the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA). "It's a cost savings to government, and particularly unforeseen government liability in these kinds of things," he said. "So it continues to feed into this narrative that public sector workers are overpaid and underworked.".
"Certainly, at least, not with us.". Christine Yost Lapp is on Facebook. Audience Relations, CBC P.O. We hope to have this fixed soon.
There is, however, no guaranteed predetermined monthly amount. Jerrica Goodwin, spokesperson for Alberta's Treasury Board and Finance, wrote that more information about changes to pensions was not available. Those contributions are sometimes matched by employers, and returns earned on contributions are paid out to employees at retirement. "We teach democracy, and I'm telling the kids that in democracy, your voice is heard and you have a representative in Canada. Join Facebook to connect with Christine Yost Lapp and others you may know. The president of that organization, Jason Schilling, wrote on Twitter that making the move without consulting the ATA was "extremely disrespectful.".
It's not like ancient Greece," he said. Much conversation has been made over the past week on Premier Jason Kenney's proposal to withdraw from the Canada Pension Plan in favour of a provincially run alternative.
I'm a print subscriber, link to my account, Avoid the use of toxic and offensive language. "[The questions] raised are about legislation that has not been tabled," Goodwin wrote. The Edmonton-based Crown corporation manages about $119-billion on behalf of 375,000 members of provincial public retirement programs as well as public accounts such as the province’s $18-billion Heritage Savings Trust Fund. The fund manager oversees $150-million for the city of Medicine Hat, and city controller Dennis Egert said AIMCo provided a recent update on its performance. AIMCo told clients in early April it is terminating the money-losing approach. © Copyright 2020 The Globe and Mail Inc. All rights reserved. Union leaders and Alberta’s opposition NDP opposed legislation passed by Premier Jason Kenney’s UCP government in late 2019 that brought teachers’ pensions under the AIMCo umbrella. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Legislation directly related to transferred funds could soon be on the horizon but some experts said a larger provincial strategy surrounding public sector employee pensions may also be in the cards. Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. AIMCo’s hit on volatility-based investment strategies came on top of a sharp drop in the value of its traditional equity, bond and real estate investments in March, when virtually every investor lost money. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Your Privacy Controls. Fischer said private companies have moved toward defined contribution plans in part to protect against risk. "If you were happy with how your finances were being managed by whoever you were consulting with, and all of a sudden you were told, 'Look, somebody else is going to do this from now on,'" Fischer said.
The Alberta Teachers’ Association has argued that its members have been well served by the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund, which has managed their pensions for decades and has modelled itself on the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Full Disclaimer. To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities).
The alternative, known as a defined contribution pension plan, sees employees contribute a percentage of their income annually. I think the government is talking about reducing the number of people who are managing these calls … [but] I think that's small potatoes," he said.
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