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Voices of RPIA | 2023 Edition

The 2023 edition of our corporate magazine, Voices of RPIA, highlights the amazing things our team is doing within our firm, our work, and our community. Check out the publication to learn more about our culture and our latest initiatives!

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Election Frenzy

Notes from the Trading Desk - Q2 2024

As central banks work to balance rate cutting cycles with inflation risks, politics took centre stage toward the latter end of Q2. In this note, we summarize our views on the current environment and highlight our outlook as we head into the third quarter.

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Credit Market Themes in 5 Charts

Q2 2024

As we head into the third quarter of 2024, we have compiled five charts that we think highlight some of the key themes and opportunities we see in the current market environment.

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Foundations Face an Uphill Battle, But Active Credit Can Help

Due to the higher disbursement quota, we believe foundations should consider active credit strategies as a better, more liquid alternative to private investments.

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Giving Back to our Community

Giving back to the community is one of our core values at the firm, and we support several organizations that help advance causes that are near to the hearts of our employees and our clients.

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Who We Are

RPIA is a specialized fixed income manager with deep expertise in corporate bonds and active interest rate management. The firm was founded in 2009 by a highly experienced team that previously ran the global fixed income arm of Canada’s largest bank. RPIA remains independent, privately owned by employees who have $200 million invested alongside our clients.

From our Portfolio Management and Client teams to Leadership and Risk Management experts, we actively collaborate across the firm, ensuring that our clients benefit from our shared expertise and that we are well-positioned to meet the challenges of a constantly changing market environment. Our clients often say the outstanding service we deliver is as important to them as the returns we achieve for them.

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Our Client Services

Our clients are at the forefront of everything that we do. Across all our teams, from client services to operations and portfolio management, we actively collaborate to ensure that clients benefit from our shared expertise. We aim to bring our firm’s core values to life by serving clients with excellence, partnership, integrity, transparency, and community.

RPIA employees and partners also have significant capital invested in the funds to ensure that our interests align with those of our clients – in true partnership. We strive to offer best-in-class service, transparency, and reporting, to ensure that our clients understand and feel comfortable with their investments and what we do.

What Sets Us Apart

RPIA's highly active, dynamic approach enables us to consistently extract value from the global credit market. Investors do not need to compromise on credit quality or sacrifice liquidity to improve their portfolio returns. We generate value for our investors in three primary ways:

Truly Active Fixed Income
We have deep, longstanding relationships with dealer desks globally, allowing us to quickly identify and execute our best ideas. We can constantly reposition in response to changing market conditions to capture opportunities and add value for our investors.

Providing Global Diversification 
We have the expertise to capture additional alpha and diversify portfolios beyond the limits of the Canadian market through global security selection.

Robust Risk Management 
Our experienced Risk Management team is involved in every step of the investment process, engaging collaboratively with portfolio managers to manage implicit and explicit risks.

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Engaging With Our Community

At RPIA we believe in giving back to the community. We hope to create meaningful change through philanthropic giving and promoting active volunteerism among our employees in support of community development, scientific research, environmental initiatives, education, global development, and arts and cultural programs. We support a wide variety of organizations that reflect the values of our clients, our employees, and our firm. 

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    Our Investment Strategies

    We offer a range of investment strategies reflecting the diverse risk and return objectives of our investors. There is a consistent investment philosophy behind all the strategies we manage – the belief that global corporate bond markets are inefficient and that active management can deliver additional returns for our investors. Our solutions are grouped into mutual fund products offered via Prospectus and pooled strategies which are offered via Offering Memorandum.

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    RP Debt Opportunities

    RP Debt Opportunities is a global investment-grade focused credit strategy that seeks to generate strong risk-adjusted returns without benchmark constraints. The strategy gains exposure to its underlying investment portfolio by holding units of its applicable master feeder fund structure. The underlying portfolio actively invests primarily in investment grade debt securities and has the flexibility to use leverage and short positions to help produce a return profile with low volatility and a focus on capital preservation. 

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    RP Select Opportunities

    RP Select Opportunities is a multi-strategy credit strategy that seeks to generate strong risk-adjusted returns, preserve capital, and minimize volatility. The strategy gains exposure to its underlying investment portfolio by holding units of its applicable master feeder fund structure. The underlying portfolio invests globally in opportunities across credit asset classes including investment grade, high yield, and preferred shares. In the management of the portfolio, RPIA utilizes outright and relative value, alongside active trading.

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    The Paradigm Shift and the Case for Credit

    Webinar Replay

    February 2023

    The Paradigm Shift and the Case for Credit

    Liam O’Sullivan and industry veteran, Bill Moriarty, discuss the ever-changing macro-economic environment's impact on fixed income going forward.

    Are We There Yet? Exploring the Opportunity in Bonds

    Webinar Replay

    November 2022

    Are we there yet? exploring the opportunity in bonds

    On Thursday, November 17, 2022, in a discussion moderated by Ann Glazier Rothwell, Mike Quinn discussed the dramatic move in rates and what is unfolding in fixed income markets. He also reviewed how RPIA is thinking about opportunities and risks in this market environment and what it means for your portfolio. There was a time for Q&A at the end of the discussion where live attendees were able to ask Mike their questions.

    Market Update with Richard Pilosof & Alex Evis

    Webinar Replay

    June 2022

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    On Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022, Richard Pilosof, Chief Executive Officer, and Alex Evis, Chief Risk Officer, provided an update on the uncertainty we are seeing in the markets recently. They covered the uncertain macroeconomic backdrop and its implications on asset prices, recent activity and potential risks throughout broad bond markets, and an update on opportunities in credit markets.

    Investor Education Videos

    The Power of a Global Opportunistic Credit Strategy During Uncertain Times

    Investor Education: Our Products

    November 2023

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    RP Select Opportunities (RP SOF) combines our carefully selected investment ideas with a highly active and flexible approach, delivering positive calendar returns for investors every year for almost a decade. In this video, Kripa Kapadia highlights how an unconstrained credit strategy like RP SOF can potentially enhance performance while increasing diversification and downside protection for an investment portfolio.

    Uncovering Hidden Risks: Reinvestment Risk

    Investor Education: Bonds 101

    September 2023

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    Given the rise in risk-free rates over the past few years, investors can now capture yields through high-quality bonds, GICs, or money market funds. However, although opting for shorter-term options is appealing, it's crucial to assess reinvestment risk and its long-term impact on the portfolio. In this video, Carly discusses two primary ways investors can combat reinvestment risk using an actively managed fixed income solution.

    A High-Quality Alternative Global Bond Strategy

    Investor Education: Our Products

    July 2023

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    Carly Plate outlines what makes RP AGB unique as it continues to provide investors with compelling returns and diversification during turbulent times.

    Relationship Team

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    Principal, Co-Head of Client & Product Solutions

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    Principal, Client & Product Solutions

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    Director of Private Clients

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    Principal, Chief Executive Officer

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    Principal, Senior Advisor (former CIO)

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    Principal, Chairperson

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    Principal, Head of Client Relations

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    Director of Client Relations

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    Manager, Client & Product Solutions

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    Associate, Private Client

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    Associate, Client Relations

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    Associate, Client Relations