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Emblem Portfolios in action - Asset Allocation Update, May 21, 2021

Investments, Tactical Updates

Key takeaways:

Emblem Portfolios - Global: Increase Canadian, US, International equities; decrease cash, bonds.


Tactical Update - May 21, 2021

  • Economies in Canada, the United States, and Europe continue their gradual re-openings following their COVID-19 induced shutdowns.
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Financial markets at a glance

Investment Views, Investments

 

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Style rotation is powerful, so is a disciplined investment process

Investment Views, Investments

 

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Key points:

  • Investors continue to shift money out of growth-oriented stocks into beaten-down value sectors.
  • Just like all the other factors, however, value may exhibit periods of underperformance.
  • The powerful rotation to value may continue and investors could benefit from holding the line on their value factor investments.
  • At Empire Life, we believe a comprehensive investment solution that offers proper diversification and a reasoned asset allocation strategy is a better option than chasing the returns of hot stocks or narrowly focused asset classes.
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Sustainable investing at Empire Life

Investment Views, Investments

From the Desk of Ashley Misquitta and David Mann: In this recent article, the portfolio managers discuss the evolution of sustainable investing and its growing popularity among investors. Ashley and David  also share how they incorporate ESG factors into their investment process.

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Small cap stocks: Leaders in a recovery

Investment Views, Investments

Since the beginning of November 2020, we’ve seen the outperformance of small cap companies in relation to larger corporations by nearly eight percentage points. Spurred initially by the announcement of the COVID-19 vaccination and distribution plans across the country, momentum continued through the end of the year.

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Emblem Portfolios in action - Asset Allocation Update, January 25, 2021

Investments, Tactical Updates

Key takeaways:

Increased International equities, decreased US equities.


Tactical Update - January 25, 2021

European markets have materially lagged US equities over the past year due to multiple reasons including index composition and Brexit uncertainties. This has resulted in Europe trading at a near record discount to the US. Given its cyclical nature, the Japanese market has performed well but continues to provide exposure to a rebounding global economy.

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Staying disciplined as speculation heats up

Investment Views, Investments

From the Desk of the CIO: Ian Hardacre shares his views on the current equity markets. Ian also discusses the importance of active management and how a good asset allocation practice can improve a portfolio’s risk-return profile.

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From the desk of the CIO: Moving up the quality scale

Investment Views, Investments

From the Desk of the CIO: Ian Hardacre discusses the qualitative and quantitative factors used to assess high quality companies. Ian also provides examples of securities added to the fixed income, Canadian large cap and international equity mandates.

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Emblem Portfolios in action - Asset Allocation Update, February 26, 2020

Investments, Tactical Updates

Key takeaways:

Increased US equities, decreased cash


Tactical Update - February 26, 2020

Global equities retreated sharply over the last week as investors digested news about the spread of the coronavirus to countries beyond China. The broadly based S&P 500 Index is now down over 7% from its recent high.

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Emblem Portfolios in action - Asset Allocation Update, October 25, 2019

Investments, Tactical Updates

Key takeaways:

Increased U.S. and international equities, decreased Canadian small cap equities


Tactical Update - October 25, 2019

The record equity bull market (now well into its 11th year) continues to grind higher despite prevailing headwinds. Given its extended run and a softening of various global economic growth indicators, we believe it prudent to implement some tactical asset allocation adjustments to reflect these shifting fundamentals.

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