Funds

Can Money Printing Trump a Depression?

Fred Imbert of CNBC reports stocks extend losses ahead of Trump China news conference:The S&P 500 rose slightly on Friday, erasing losses earlier in the session, as traders breathed a sigh of relief after President Donald Trump signaled no changes to the trade deal with China despite rising ten ...

Blake Hutcheson is Now OMERS' New CEO

OMERS today made it official, announcing Blake Hutcheson the new CEO to continue global expansion:OMERS is pleased to announce the official appointment of Blake Hutcheson as President and CEO, effective today. Mr. Hutcheson, currently OMERS President, succeeds Michael Latimer as CEO. His appointme ...

MAPF Portfolio Composition: March, 2020

Turnover declined sharply in March to 15%. Very wide spreads largely prevented optimization trading, while there were enough knowledgeable participants in the market to prevent price differences between similar issues from getting far enough out of line to overcome that hurdle. The fund’s trading ...

Embarking on the ESG journey

Once considered a niche market within the investment universe, strategies that integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns into their investment process have hit the mainstream.   This has been driven by several social movements and the recognition that there is still a great dea ...

MAPF Portfolio Composition : February, 2020

Turnover came off its peak in February but remained high at 29% in January. The trading came mainly during the market’s strong period up to February 21; there was relatively little when coronavirus fears sent the market plunging. The fund’s trading will probably be higher in the future than has ...

A guide to the best robo-advisors in Canada for 2020

The robos are everywhere. What was once a little-known investing tool for tech-savvy investors is now commonplace, with everyone from newbie savers to retired boomers using robo-advisors to help manage their money.  While advisors and traditional fund companies still manage the majority of money i ...

OMERS Gains 11.9% in 2019

Today, OMERS reported its 2019 results, gaining 11.9% last year: 2019 Highlights Net return of 11.9% or $11.5 billion Funded status of 97% Net assets of $109 billion OMERS, the defined benefit pension plan for Ontario’s municipal employees, reported a 2019 investment return of 11.9%, net of e ...

Canadians are still paying too much in investment fees

You’d think after decades hearing and reading about the long-term impact of high investment management fees on our retirement nest eggs, Canadian investors would have gotten the message by now. Among the more entertaining TV ad campaigns on this topic have been Questrade’s recent commercials ab ...

Behind Private Equity's Veneer

Amy Whyte of Institutional Investors reports on why co-investment funds are outperforming in private equity:Co-investing is becoming more popular — and with good reason, according to new research from private markets firm Capital Dynamics.Citing a recent academic study and its own analysis of Pre ...

Can active management pay for itself in fixed-income funds?

With seemingly perpetual low interest rates—and even the threat of negative interest rates, as seen in parts of Europe and elsewhere—does it make sense to pay for active management in fixed-income mutual funds? One view is that it makes more sense to go the passive route with low-cost bond ETFs ...