The fixed income portion of a portfolio is viewed as a source of stability and income. As such, great care is taken to avoid credit risk that is normally inadequately compensated by higher returns. The equity markets offer more generous compensation for risk.
We stress forecasting major swings in interest rates and adjusting the term of the portfolio accordingly. Our belief is that short-term fluctuations are extremely difficult, if not impossible, to forecast consistently, whereas intermediate-term movements can be easier to predict.
We prepare detailed economic forecasts for Canada and the United States. We also follow this data for Europe and Asia. We analyze all major currencies in-house. From this work we seek to determine the inflation outlook and demand for funds in each economy and sector in order to analyze the medium to longer term direction of interest rates.
The financial characteristics of specific instruments can be quite important. For instance, the choice between a coupon and a bond of equal duration can often be a strategic issue. Attention is thus given to analyzing the special characteristics of many bonds, such as extendible, retractable, callable, redeemable, convertible and currency features.
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Annualized benchmark outperformance
Performance results referenced above are annualized and presented in Canadian dollars gross of fees for the Letko Brosseau Global Balanced (Canadian Bias)
Composite. This $12.9 billion composite includes all discretionary balanced mandates with a bias towards Canadian equities and asset mix targets within the ranges
of 30-70% for fixed income and 30-70% for global equities. The benchmark is 5% FTSE TMX 91 day T-bill Total Return Index, 40% FTSE TMX Universe Bond Total
Return Index, 20% S&P/TSX Composite Total Return Capped Index and 35% MSCI World Total Return Net Index. The benchmark from January 1, 2001 to May 31,
2007 was 5% FTSE TMX 91 day T-bill Total Return Index, 40% FTSE TMX Universe Bond Total Return Index, 30% S&P/TSX Composite Total Return Capped Index
and 25% MSCI World Total Return Net Index. The benchmark from January 1, 1988 to December 31, 2000 was 5% FTSE TMX 91 day T-bill Total Return Index, 40%
FTSE TMX Universe Bond Total Return Index, 35% TSE 300 Composite Total Return Index adjusted to cap the weighting of any associated group of equities at 10%
of the index and 20% MSCI World Total Return Net Index. Past performance does not guarantee future results.
*Peer comparison universe is the $650 billion RBC Investor & Treasury Services Canadian Defined Benefit Plans Universe, dated December 31, 2017.