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Performance Capture Ratios

Investment Views, Investments

There are many statistical measures available to help evaluate an investment’s performance. Arguably, investors are less sensitive to performance when markets are rising and more sensitive when the markets are falling. Therefore, a measure that separately analyses performance into these two buckets may be a useful component of an investor’s due diligence process.

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The Quality Factor

Investment Views, Investments

2016 was a breakout year for Canadian equities. After trailing the US stock market in the preceding five calendar years, the S&P/TSX Composite bounced back in 2016 with a gain of 21.1%, compared to a gain of 8.6% for the S&P 500 (including currency effects) - great news for your Canadian equity investments.

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A value-oriented approach

Investment Views, Investments

This article was written by David Keelaghan, News Editor and originally appeared in Wealth Professional on February 21, 2017.

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The Trump Effect: One Month Later

Investment Views, Investments

We’re now a little over a month since the surprise election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. The other surprise to most is that financial markets have responded as strongly as we witnessed since market open on November 9th (see table below). It is almost as if the Trump presidency is the “cure-all” elixir for all that ails us.

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Could Trump-Reagan parallels mean a secular U.S. dollar boom?

Investment Views, Investments

Try Googling “Trump and Reagan” and you will get plenty of material on the comparison between the two, on so many fronts. Even in the financial markets, the foreign exchange market seems to have started to price in a scenario that the Trump presidency will be something like Reagan’s in the 1980s – a scenario that includes a U.S. dollar boom.

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Harness the power of dividend-paying stocks for higher income and growth potential

Investment Views, Investments

Featuring Ian Hardacre, MBA, CFA

Fund Manager
Empire Life Dividend Growth Mutual Fund
Empire Life Dividend Growth GIF
Empire Life Investments Inc.

Why are portfolios with dividend income important for Canadian investors?

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Vetting your Investment Manager

Investment Views, Investments

Now that the digital age is upon us, we’ve become experts at comparing various products and services. Conducting due diligence has never been easier. At the click of a button we can compare product features, sort by top sellers, and even read reviews and recommendations from other customers.

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Investment implications of the changes in the GICS sector structure

Investment Views, Investments

The Global Industry Classification Standards (GICS) just went through its first significant structural change since its inception in 1999. After the market close on August 31, 2016, Real Estate (formerly an industry group within Financials) was promoted to its own sector. The new GICS structure now consists of eleven sectors. GICS is the foundation for equity index structures and investment portfolio positioning. This change may have a significant impact on not only sector characteristics but also asset allocation decisions across the entire investment industry.

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Downside Protection Applications

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Asset Allocation

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Yield Verboten

Investment Views, Investments

Global bond yields have been on a multi-decade decline; therefore, it should be no surprise that today’s yields are at or close to historically low levels. Chart #1 shows the extent of this decline for the 10 year Government of Canada (“GoC”) and U.S. Treasury (“UST”) bonds. From December 1990 to June 2016, the GoC yield started the period at 10.3%, averaged 5.1%, and closed at a mere 1.06%. Over the same period, the UST yield started at 8.4%, averaged 4.8%, and closed at a mere 1.5%.

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