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    The Willis Towers Watson Pension Index has decreased in the first quarter primarily from a liability increase due to a decrease in discount rate combined with a small negative investment return. The net effect on our benchmark plan was a decrease of 2.4% in the Willis Towers Watson Pension Index (from 66.9 to 65.3) for the quarter.
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    The challenge of acquiring high-caliber technology talent with the skills required in today’s digital environment continues to perplex our retail clients. While retailers have faced these challenges for some time, companies in all industries are beginning to digitize, not only for cost savings and efficiencies but because of growing customer expectations for automated, yet personalized, solutions. Here, we provide a framework for how non-tech companies can begin to think about tech talent acquisition.

    Kate King and Lance Hendren

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    As of July 1, 2018, Ontario administrators who follow PBA rules for purchasing annuities are discharged from liabilities for affected former and retired members.
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    Ontario Budget announces free medications for seniors, new drug and dental program, PBGF reform details, how to address gender wage gap and increase women on boards.
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    Banking industry performance effectively stalled in 2017: growth was negligible while profitability and financial soundness were flat compared to 2016. But for 2018, performance, particularly EPS and ROE, could improve, assisted to some degree by the effects of tax reform.

    Daniel Potter and Marko Piedmont

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    For readers of our pay-for-performance blog, it should come as no surprise that year-end results for the S&P 1500 were generally ahead of 2016 results. The bounce in revenue growth was exceptional and bodes well for future growth. But the best number in the 2017 scorecard was easily the 21% total shareholder return.

    Ryan Lucki, Chris Kozlowski and Steve Kline

  • Newsletter

    2017 was an evolving year for the restaurant industry with mixed results from various financial performance measures. While profit margins and total shareholder return (TSR) increased significantly in 2017, revenue growth deteriorated slightly in a challenging environment. Wall Street expects the industry to improve its performance in 2018 with implications for incentive plan goals.

    Kate King and Ayush Gupta

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    For the biopharma industry, 2017 was a year of ups and downs. Underwhelming growth reflected uncertainty under the new administration, an ongoing pricing debate and a significant slowing of M&A transactions. However, with a positive shareholder outlook and a bullish market, the industry saw some improvements. What performance trends will we see in 2018?

    Mitchell Bardolf and Jang Han

  • Newsletter

    2017 was a tough year for the consumer staples sector despite posting improved total shareholder returns (TSR). Looking forward to 2018, we anticipate continued pressure on cost control and profit margins, but U.S. tax reform’s new lower statutory tax rate of 21% will give the U.S. consumer more disposable income and benefit the consumer staples industry.

    Brian Kavanagh and Jamie Teo

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    After a strong performance in 2016, the health care equipment and supplies industry returned to earth for a majority of performance measures in 2017. While strong investor expectations and a bullish market yielded strong P/E ratio and shareholder returns, key financial measures experienced substantially diminished growth relative to 2016.

    Mitchell Bardolf and Min Ko

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