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2012 Articles


2012-12-10
Business Hours and deadlines during the Holiday Season
Need to reach our Call centre for plan sponsors, send your last contributions of the year to Group RRSP or make cash withdrawals? Please note our hours and deadlines

2012-12-10
What your participants will find in their next statement
Account and plan details, retirement guidance, a reminder about our online services and more...

2012-12-10
Investment Info Bulletin as of November 30, 2012
The Investment Info Bulletin provides gross annualized rates of return for each fund in our fund line-up, for the period ending November 30, 2012...

2012-12-10
Proposed Bill 12 (Prince Edward Island) and Bill 10 (Alberta)
These bills fall within the general reform of Canadian pension plan legislation...

2012-12-10
Fiera Capital announces it will acquire some activities of UBS Global Asset Management (Canada)
Included in this deal are Canadian fixed income, Canadian equity and balanced account business…

2012-12-10
Can you see the potential for engaging an audience? We do...
...with Get on Target, an augmented reality game inspired by On Target Retirement, a simulation tool offered to participants in a group retirement saving plan with Desjardins Financial Security...

2012-11-12
How effective are retirement simulators?
Retirement simulators have been around for the last 20 years. But are participants taking action to save?

2012-11-12
New solutions to manage your remittances more effectively [Express]
Find out how our new electronic data transfer solutions can help you save time and manage your plan more effectively...

2012-11-12
Investment Info Bulletin as of October 31, 2012
The Investment Info Bulletin provides gross annualized rates of return for each fund in our fund line-up, for the period ending October 31, 2012...

2012-11-12
New online Pension guide for plan members in Ontario
A valuable resource for your participants...

2012-11-12
Québec's Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan (VRSP) project is suspended
Please acknowledge this updated information...

2012-11-12
Alberta – Proposed bill will modify the Employment Pension Plans Act
Also: EPPA update and change of Internet address for the Online filing system

2012-11-12
A survey to learn more about your participant
In the next few weeks, we will be conducting an anonymous third-party survey of some of your participants.

2012-11-12
Recent changes at Jarislowsky Fraser
We have just been informed that Jarislowsky Fraser has reorganized its management structure in order to facilitate the firm’s succession planning process...

2012-11-12
Economic Commentary for the third quarter of 2012
Our experts give you the state of the Economy, global and local, at a glance. You can also read the full, detailed Desjardins Economic and Financial Outlook...

2012-11-12
Changes to Multi-Management Funds
As part of our review process for the multi-management asset allocation portfolios, we will proceed to some improvements effective on November 26, 2012...

2012-10-15
Valuable for your Retirement Committee!
The Régie des rentes du Québec (RRQ) offers new training activities for 2012-2013...

2012-10-15
New provisions for disclosure of pension information in Ontario
Outline of the new provisions available here...

2012-10-15
New survey confirms that retirement is a major concern for your employees
Our education team is there to back them up, with you.

2012-10-15
Investment Info Bulletin as of September 30, 2012
The Investment Info Bulletin provides gross annualized rates of return for each fund in our fund line-up, for the period ending September 30, 2012...

2012-10-15
Manager change to the Fiera Money Market Fund
Notification to plan sponsors: Please make this information available to your participants if they make their own investment decisions in your plan...

2012-10-15
Launch of the DGAM Universe Bond Index Fund
Our team introduces you to this new fund...

2012-09-10
Changes to our Group Retirement Savings fund offer
Some funds will be added and others removed to the fund offer in November...

2012-09-10
Manager change to the Fiera Money Market Fund
Notification to plan sponsors: Please make this information available to your participants if they make their own investment decisions in your plan...

2012-09-10
Investment Info Bulletin as of August 31, 2012
The Investment Info Bulletin provides gross annualized rates of return for each fund in our fund line-up, for the period ending August 31, 2012...

2012-09-10
Changes to the Fiera Capital Canadian Equity Fund management teams
 

2012-09-10
Because your satisfaction is our priority
We will survey Plan Sponsors and Administrators across the country from October 1 to October 22...

2012-09-10
How do your participants foresee the upcoming Fall Season?
Are they thinking about their savings or worrying about the economy? The Your way, plain and simple program gives them the services and tools they need...

2012-08-14
What's new in VRSPs
Starting this fall, Desjardins will be offering some attractive solutions involving our new Voluntary Retirement Savings Plans (VRSPs). Timeline is however subject to change, due to the recent triggering of the provincial elections...

2012-08-14
Enrolment kits – Reminder
This message is for plan sponsors with new employees...

2012-08-14
Investment Info Bulletin as of July 31, 2012
The Investment Info Bulletin provides gross annualized rates of return for each fund in our fund line-up, for the period ending July 31, 2012...

2012-08-14
Economic Commentary for the second quarter of 2012
The European debt problems resurfaced in the second quarter of 2012 which negatively affected economic growth across the globe. Commodity prices fell significantly, which eliminated inflationary pressures. The economy in the United States is doing better even though it is growing slower than anticipated...

2012-08-14
Launch of the DFS BlackRock® Global Infrastructure Index Fund
Desjardins Financial Security's Group Retirement Savings team announces the addition of the DFS BlackRock® Global Infrastructure Index Fund...

2012-08-14
Your pension plan: Rules for immediate vesting and termination of participation
A quick recap of points that apply to pension plan sponsors...

2012-07-12
British Columbia pension legislation changes - Alberta envision similar changes
Following our last article on changes to the revised British Columbia Pension Benefits Standards Act...

2012-07-12
Changes in the investment policies of Bissett and MFS McLean Budden
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2012-07-12
Changes to the DFS BlackRock® LifePath® Index Funds
BlackRock expects these enhancements to result in increased efficiency, better asset class exposures, and overall improved tracking...

2012-07-12
Changes to the Fiera Capital Canadian Equity Funds
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2012-07-12
GE asset management makes changes to its investment teams
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2012-07-12
Changes to the management team of Lazard Asset Management, one of the two sub-advisors for the Desjardins Global Small Cap Equity Fund
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2012-07-12
New CEO at MFS McLean Budden: Peter Kotsopoulos
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2012-07-12
Investment Info Bulletin as of June 30, 2012
The Investment Info Bulletin provides gross annualized rates of return for each fund in our fund line-up, for the period ending June 30, 2012...

2012-07-12
We're open during summer - and so are our online services
Over the last few months, the essential has informed you of several exclusive online services for you, as a plan sponsor, and for your participants. And it's only the beginning! Before discovering what's next, take advantage of the summertime to review what's in it for you, online...

2012-06-06
Investment Info Bulletin as of May 31, 2012
The Investment Info Bulletin provides gross annualized rates of return for each fund in our fund line-up, for the period ending May 31, 2012.

2012-06-06
Fiera Capital & MFS McLean Budden funds are changing names
On June 7, 2012, changes were made to the names of Desjardins Financial Security (DFS) funds whose corresponding managers are Fiera Capital Corporation and MFS McLean Budden.

2012-06-06
Pension Benefits Act for Prince Edward Island (PEI)
On May 17, 2012, PEI tabled the Pension Benefits Act (Bill 41).

2012-06-06
New-Brunswick Pension Legislation
In the March 27, 2012 budget, the New Brunswick government announced amendments to the private pension plan legislation (the Pension Benefit Act).

2012-06-06
Withdrawal of three funds from our Group Retirement Savings fund offer
After performing an analysis as part of our governance process, we have decided to withdraw three funds from our fund offer on Friday September 7th, 2012.

2012-06-06
New and improved online enrolment experience!
What's in it for plan sponsors and participants?

2012-06-06
Departure of the co-lead manager of the Fidelity Canadian Balanced Fund
On May 22nd, Fidelity informed us of the departure of Mr. Mark Friebel, co-lead manager of the Fidelity Canadian Balanced Fund.

2012-06-06
Member annual meeting
As your pension plan provider, it's our responsibility to remind you of certain requirements concerning your plan administration.

2012-05-15
Economic Commentary for the first quarter of 2012
North American economic growth was relatively strong, while much of Europe continued to face recessionary pressures. Emerging economies grew at a slow pace as global trade was negatively impacted by the European slowdown...

2012-05-15
UBS American Equity fund changes its portfolio manager
Tom Cole is replaced on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is found...

2012-05-15
Fiera Sceptre Canadian Small Cap Fund and Fiera Sceptre Core Canadian Equity Fund: Team changes
A number of changes have been announced within the management team of Fiera...

2012-05-15
Investment Info Bulletin as of April 30, 2012
The Investment Info Bulletin provides gross annualized rates of return for each fund in our fund line-up, for the period ending April 30, 2012...

2012-05-15
Trimark Income Growth Fund: Change in lead manager
Don Simpson has been replaced by Clayton Zacharias...

2012-05-15
New BC Pension legislation tabled today
Bill 38 – Pension Benefits Standards Act (PBSA) is currently introduced for Second Reading in the Legislative Assembly. This new PBSA is a significant development in pension reform in British Columbia...

2012-05-15
A simpler withdrawal process can help Ontarians who fall on hard times
It's getting easier for owners of locked-in accounts in Ontario to withdraw funds in case of financial hardship...

2012-05-15
Investment Options now featured for participants on their website
The new "Investment Options" page will provide personalized information to your plan participants...

2012-05-15
Making a good first impression is essential
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. So why is that so important when it comes to engaging employees in their group retirement plan?

2012-04-16
Ontario and Nova Scotia: Pension reforms to be implemented this year
The provinces of Ontario and Nova Scotia have recently adopted changes to their pension plan legislation.

2012-04-16
International recognition
In changing economic times, strength and stability can give you level of comfort in making your financial decisions.

2012-04-16
The investment policies of some of our funds have changed
Affected Funds: Greystone, McLean Budden and Montrusco Bolton

2012-04-16
MFS and McLean Budden: the integration process is now completed
The merger of the management teams has been completed and the announced changes are now effective...

2012-04-16
Natcan acquired by Fiera Sceptre : closing of transaction
Fiera Capital Corporation is the new name of Fiera Sceptre...

2012-04-16
Investment Info Bulletin as of March 31, 2012
The Investment Info Bulletin provides gross annualized rates of return for each fund in our fund line-up, for the period ending March 31, 2012.

2012-04-16
New plans: nine months from now, the VRSP will take effect in Québec
Desjardins Financial Security will be ready to offer this new retirement savings plan efficiently.

2012-04-16
On Target RetirementTM: A powerful and efficient tool
See how it helps participants contribute more easily to their registered retirement savings plan. Watch a short video, and hear what employees have to say.

2012-04-04
Natcan acquired by Fiera Sceptre: closing of transaction
Fiera Capital Corporation is the new name of Fiera Sceptre...

2012-04-04
MFS and McLean Budden: the integration process is now completed
The merger of the management teams has been completed and the announced changes are now effective...

2012-03-15
Change of lead manager of Trimark Fund
Management at Invesco Canada has advised us of a change within their team of investment professionals.

2012-03-15
Defined contribution plans: Don't forget your Annual Information Return
The deadline for filing your Annual Information Return is set according to your fiscal year end. If you'd like, we can help you take care of this requirement

2012-03-15
Investment Info Bulletin as of February 29, 2012
The Investment Info Bulletin provides gross annualized rates of return for each fund in our fund line-up, for the period ending February 29, 2012.

2012-03-15
Change to our Multi-Management Funds
We are replacing the McLean Budden Canadian Equity Growth Fund with the Fiera Sceptre Canadian Equity Growth Fund...

2012-03-15
Departure of the Co-Manager of U.S. Equities at Jarislowsky Fraser
Jarislowsky Fraser has informed us of changes within their team of investment professionals.

2012-03-15
Organizational changes at Sprucegrove
Sprucegrove has informed us of changes to their team of investment professionals.

2012-03-15
Co-opme online: Desjardins' Education and Cooperation Zone
A wealth of easy-to-understand information online to help everyone understand the basics of investments, financial planning, and how to stay healthy and financially fit.

2012-03-15
Desjardins : A Canadian Success
Watch a four-minute video on how one of Canada's largest financial institutions began with one man's dream: to contribute to the economic and social well-being of individuals and communities across Canada.

2012-03-15
Fiera Sceptre is buying Natcan
The investment firm Fiera Sceptre is buying out Natcan; Vaults into ranks of Canada's top five Independent Asset Managers

2012-03-15
Natcan acquired by Fiera Sceptre: closing of transaction [Express]
Fiera Capital Corporation is the new name of Fiera Sceptre...

2012-03-15
MFS and McLean Budden: the integration process is now completed [Express]
The merger of the management teams has been completed and the announced changes are now effective...

2012-02-28
Fiera Sceptre is buying Natcan
The investment firm Fiera Sceptre is buying Natcan; Vaults into ranks of Canada's top five Independent Asset Managers

2012-02-15
Investment Info Bulletin as of January 31, 2012
The Investment Info Bulletin provides gross annualized rates of return for each fund in our fund line-up, for the period ending January 31, 2012.

2012-02-15
Economic Commentary for the fourth quarter of 2011
In the fourth quarter of 2011, economic growth picked up in North America while the European economy ground to

2012-02-15
New TOBAM fund - Changes at Addenda Capital and Baillie Gifford
A new global equity fund, specialized and adapted to risks, enhances our offering. Two existing funds undergo changes in their management teams.

2012-02-15
Creating the best participant experience online
How do you entice participants to take advantage of their group retirement website?

2012-02-15
Why measure your plan’s success?
The objectives of a benefits plan is to engage employees, improve retention and attract the best candidates. But how do plan sponsors ensure they're meeting these objectives?

2012-02-15
Ontario and Alberta only - What's the due date to send us Form 7?
If your plan's fiscal year starts on January 1st you have to send us the estimate of your contributions for the year 2012, before February 29

2012-02-15
Fiera Sceptre is buying Natcan [Express]
The investment firm Fiera Sceptre is buying Natcan; Vaults into ranks of Canada's top five Independent Asset Managers

2012-01-16
Participants Speak up!
Survey of retirement savings plan participants reveals participants are well informed, rather optimistic about their retirement and willing to save more.

2012-01-16
Engage your Employees!
Everyone talks about employee engagement. But what does it look like when you put it into action? How do you go about engaging employees in actively planning and managing their own retirement plan?

2012-01-16
Giving participants a 360° perspective on their investments
Last July, Desjardins Financial Security and Morningstar introduced Portrait 360º, a sophisticated portfolio tool that allows participants to see how all their investments are working together. Now we've added a new "details" tab that allows participants to delve deeper into their investments.

2012-01-16
Investment Info Bulletin as of December 31, 2011
The Investment Info Bulletin provides gross annualized rates of return for each fund in our fund line-up, for the period ending December 31, 2011.

2012-01-16
Missing information report now available every month
Now you can send us missing information on your participants every month so that we complete their files faster.

2012-01-16
Bill No 96 in Nova Scotia updating retirement plans
Following the legal changes at the federal level and in several Canadian provinces, Nova Scotia will pass and implement a new law to modify its retirement plans. Here are the outlines.
 
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