Alternative Investments

Hospitals of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP)

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Dr. Marlene Puffer is a member of the Board of Trustees and she is Chair of the Asset-Liability Committee of the Hospitals of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), one of Canada's largest pension plans.  The Asset-Liability Committee oversees all aspects of the leading-edge liability-driven investment strategy that makes extensive use of derivatives and alternative asset classes.

LDI Strategy and Implementation

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Dr. Puffer created and implemented a Liability-Driven Investment strategy (LDI) for NAV CANADA’s $3Billion pension plan using derivatives. She was responsible for all aspects of investment management and asset mix for the pension fund. She restructured the real estate and equity portfolios. The strategy reduced the volatility of the plan’s solvency ratio and improved the risk profile of the pension fund. She worked closely with the Board, senior management, unions and the plan actuaries to develop a governance process for the pension plan including risk assessment, risk budgeting, optimization, and risk monitoring.

Pensions: Roundtable on Current Topics

April 15, pills 2009, rx Canadian Institute of Actuaries Pension Seminar, Toronto, with Patricia Croft.
April 15, pills 2009, rx Canadian Institute of Actuaries Pension Seminar, Toronto, with Patricia Croft.
September 27-29, case 2009, Treasury Management Association Conference, Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Adventure Travel in Bond Land

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KPMG LLP – CMHC Report, August 2008. This report analysed the effectiveness of Canada Mortgage Bonds (CMB) as financing vehicles for Canadian residential mortgages and assessed the impact of the funding program on the cost of mortgages for Canadians.

Twist Financial interviewed markets participants associated with the CMB program, wrote extensive studies on the structure of Canadian mortgage and funding markets and on the academic literature that contributed to this report.  Dr. Puffer wrote the Addendum on Current Market Conditions (Annex C of the Report) that updated the report's findings to reflect the events and market reaction associated with the financial crisis.
Marlene Puffer in Benefits and Pensions Monitor, August 2008.
KPMG LLP - CMHC Report, August 2008. This report analysed the effectiveness of Canada Mortgage Bonds (CMB) as financing vehicles for Canadian residential mortgages and assessed the impact of the funding program on the cost of mortgages for Canadians.

Twist Financial interviewed markets participants associated with the CMB program, wrote extensive studies on the structure of Canadian mortgage and funding markets and on the academic literature that contributed to this report.  Dr. Puffer wrote the Addendum on Current Market Conditions (Annex C of the Report) that updated the report's findings to reflect the events and market reaction associated with the financial crisis.
Marlene Puffer in Benefits and Pensions Monitor, August 2008.
Marlene Puffer in Canadian Investment Review, pill Summer 2008.
Reprinted in part in the Toronto CFA Society Analyst Newsletter, Fall, 2008
KPMG LLP - CMHC Report, August 2008. This report analysed the effectiveness of Canada Mortgage Bonds (CMB) as financing vehicles for Canadian residential mortgages and assessed the impact of the funding program on the cost of mortgages for Canadians.

Twist Financial interviewed markets participants associated with the CMB program, wrote extensive studies on the structure of Canadian mortgage and funding markets and on the academic literature that contributed to this report.  Dr. Puffer wrote the Addendum on Current Market Conditions (Annex C of the Report) that updated the report's findings to reflect the events and market reaction associated with the financial crisis.
Marlene Puffer in Benefits and Pensions Monitor, August 2008.
Marlene Puffer in Canadian Investment Review, pill Summer 2008.
Reprinted in part in the Toronto CFA Society Analyst Newsletter, Fall, 2008
Marlene Puffer in Canadian Investment Review, more about physician Winter, doctor 2007
Reprinted in part in the Toronto CFA Society Analyst Newsletter, March, 2008
KPMG LLP - CMHC Report, August 2008. This report analysed the effectiveness of Canada Mortgage Bonds (CMB) as financing vehicles for Canadian residential mortgages and assessed the impact of the funding program on the cost of mortgages for Canadians.

Twist Financial interviewed markets participants associated with the CMB program, wrote extensive studies on the structure of Canadian mortgage and funding markets and on the academic literature that contributed to this report.  Dr. Puffer wrote the Addendum on Current Market Conditions (Annex C of the Report) that updated the report's findings to reflect the events and market reaction associated with the financial crisis.
Marlene Puffer in Benefits and Pensions Monitor, August 2008.
Marlene Puffer in Canadian Investment Review, pill Summer 2008.
Reprinted in part in the Toronto CFA Society Analyst Newsletter, Fall, 2008
Marlene Puffer in Canadian Investment Review, more about physician Winter, doctor 2007
Reprinted in part in the Toronto CFA Society Analyst Newsletter, March, 2008
Marlene Puffer in Benefits Canada, pills October 2007

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