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Considering the different roles bonds and GICs play in a portfolio

Given the recent market volatility, YTD 2022 has been an extremely challenging period for fixed income as central banks began tighter monetary regimes. As a result, bond yields spiked, sending bond prices plummeting. This created an opportunity for fixed income investors to purchase bonds and GICs at the most attractive yield levels, and many are now wondering if they should use GICs instead of bonds as a source of safe income.
4 Key Themes Investors Should Consider When Getting Back into Bonds

Although the independence of DIY investing can seem appealing, we believe that investors should reflect on these key themes and potential challenges that exist with achieving diversification, managing, and maintaining bond portfolios cost, and the potential impact of taxes. A qualified investment manager that specializes in bond portfolios can help investors navigate this established asset class in a way that can help achieve investor objectives across market environments.
July 2022 Newsletter

July saw central banks continue their fastest and most aggressive monetary tightening in recent history. However, we believe some of the volatility that we saw during the first half of the year may be beginning to dissipate and signs of improvement may be on the horizon for fixed income investors. Against this improving backdrop, we have seen credit spread volatility fall and believe there are interesting opportunities that didn't exist at the beginning of 2022 that can deliver strong returns for our portfolios.
Introducing RP Broad Corporate Bond (Fossil Fuel Exclusion)

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new strategy, RP Broad Corporate Bond (Fossil Fuel Exclusion), designed in partnership with our client, University of Toronto Asset Management (UTAM), and in collaboration with FTSE Russell. Learn more about the strategy and how the first-of-its-kind screening approach was developed!
Q2 2022 Newsletter

Living in unprecedented times has become the norm since the pandemic took hold in early 2020, and just when the light at the end of the tunnel begins to shine through, another set of obstructions materialize. We are familiar with the current impediments – inflation running at four-decade highs, escalating geopolitical risks, and a harsh monetary policy regime purposely restricting economic growth. Altogether, we believe this may be a recipe for a recession – but what kind of recession?
Taking Refuge in Resilient Sectors in Uncertain Markets

In May, US credit spreads performed better than Canadian and global counterparts. As a result, pockets of relative value opportunities emerged across geographies, sectors, and industries at the beginning of June and allowed us to increase allocations to trades with attractive risk-adjusted return characteristics. We highlight sectors where we are finding attractive yields and a reasonable credit spread, while being cautious in areas and businesses that rely heavily on discretionary spending by consumers for profitability.
The Maturing of ESG Debt Markets

In the past few years, we've seen ESG-labeled bonds benefiting from a cost advantage that became known as the "greenium." As the ESG bond market has grown, we've noticed this "greenium" fade as the market matures and the advantages ESG bond issuers once had becomes tied to the ambition of their projects, not just the label of their bond.
April 2022 Newsletter

Since the beginning of 2021, bond holdings have posted double-digit losses and weighed down portfolio performance. However, as is often the case in markets, with pain comes opportunity. Despite the potential for continued short-term volatility, we believe the time to increase bond allocations for intermediate and long-term investors is now.
Q1 2022 Market Commentary

During Q1 2022, bond markets suffered across the board as the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, rising inflation expectations, and rising bond yields impacted prices negatively. We discuss the anticipated rate hikes by the US Federal Reserve, corporate fundamentals, and an example of how we generated gains through a relative value lens.
Codifying Climate Disclosures

The SEC recently unveiled its landmark proposal requiring companies to disclose a variety of climate-related data as part of their annual reports and audited financial statements, covering both quantitative and qualitative information. We see this as an important step in the codifying of climate-related risks in line with what we already see in the Eurozone.
January 2022 Market Commentary

2022 began with plenty of market activity as monetary policy took center stage and Covid-19 continued to evolve. We believe the driver of recent volatility stems from changing expectations about monetary policy, including the pace and number of interest rate hikes and a greater chance of quantitative tightening in 2022/2023. Find out more about our views on recent market events in the market commentary linked below.
Tamarack Valley Energy's example of tying social impact to their financing

Tamarack Valley Energy made a mark in the Canadian SLB market as the first Canadian oil and gas exploration and high yield issuer to enter the SLB market, tying financing costs to their ESG targets.
The Inclusion of “Transition” Technology

The EU Taxonomy is a classification system that defines environmentally sustainable economic activity under EU law. in this article, we take a look at where we stand and our views on the taxonomy, especially for natural gas and nuclear energy.
Q4 2021 Newsletter

2021 was an unpredictable but also transformative year in financial markets. We saw concerns around inflation, the emergence of new variants of the virus, and policies from governments and central banks that changed as often as the wind. Understanding 2021 helps us understand what to expect in 2022.
The best of both worlds - value through diversification

In this uncertain market environment, investors are reconsidering their portfolio mix as they try to identify where to obtain reasonable yield without sacrificing the stability of their capital. Diversifying your portfolio to include a SPAC arbitrage strategy could serve as a unique alternative to both fixed income and equity returns during uncertain times.
Reviewing the Bruce Power LP green bond sale

Sustainable debt investors have been debating the inclusion of nuclear power projects in the use of proceeds of green financing. Recently, Bruce Power, which produces 30% of Ontario’s energy, did just that. Aaron Young and Ryan Vaughn spoke with Bloomberg about the reason for this debate and our views on the topic.
ESG Committee Q&A

Three members of our ESG Committee, Ozioma Nwankwo, Aaron Young, and Lubna Reda, participated in a Q&A to discuss the "S" in ESG, specifically when it comes to women in the workplace.
Q3 2021 Newsletter

Inflation can have a broad impact on an economy, whether it is driving consumer decisions or cutting corporate profit margins. Market participants are interested in how policy decisions can strike the right balance to address elevated inflation and the impact these decisions will have on bonds.
What we believe this means for the Energy Sector based on our involvement in this issuance.

Canada faces a “transition gap” that must be addressed by Energy and Utility companies who face accelerating risks as economies move away from fossil fuels. We are happy to be a part of Enbridge's inaugural transactions, which we believe represent the key first step in addressing this gap.
As ESG-linked bonds rise in popularity, are issuers being ambitious enough with their use of proceeds?

One of the most important developments in global credit markets has been the exponential growth of ESG-linked instruments that have been issued across many sectors and from companies at different stages of their ESG development. However, are companies making effort to make meaningful incremental or future changes in their operations or simply benefiting from a lower cost of debt?