In Part One of, “The Case for Investing In Canada – World Leaders in Your Backyard”, Greg Cohen provided an interesting analysis and history regarding Alimentation Couche-Tard. For Part Two, Richard Roth, who is responsible for the Financial and Utilities Sectors on Team Canada will do the same for Brookfield Asset Management. While the name “Brookfield” is well recognized by Canadians, their reach and reputation spans the globe and represents yet another world leader in our backyard.
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As Canadians, we appreciate that while our country is large geographically, in the context of the global economy, we are a rather small portion of it. However, it does feel that we are often dismissive of our country’s accomplishments and assume we must look outside our borders to find world-leading investment opportunities.
These are unprecedented times and we believe it is difficult, if not impossible, to know exactly what lies ahead. In this time of uncertainty, we believe Cambridge Canadian Dividend Fund is an attractive option to include as a part of an overall investment strategy. Protecting and compounding investor capital over time is this fund’s objective, and in a period of elevated valuations, record low interest rates and continued uncertainty, these objectives are as critical as ever.
Arguably the greatest investor of all time, Warren Buffett, began his career as what one would describe as a deep value investor.
In the world we live in, where sentiment can turn on a dime (or a tweet), we thought it was time to comment on Cambridge Canadian Dividend Fund by reiterating the fund’s objective, reflecting on the past and offering an update on how the fund is positioned.
At Cambridge Global Asset Management (“Cambridge”), the vast majority of our time is spent analyzing companies. A common trait found at many of the best companies is a strong culture that is underpinned by a desire to continue improving. In today’s highly competitive world, if you stand still, you’re actually falling behind.
With the sharp reversal in investor sentiment over the past couple of years, we have been finding a number of attractive risk/reward opportunities in the Canadian energy sector.
A recent opinion piece by Ian McGugan in The Globe and Mail highlighted a dubious distinction for Canada: it has the highest proportion of unprofitable listed companies in the world, according to research by Aswath Damodaran, Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business at New York University. Based on Damodaran’s calculation of negative net income based on an equal-weighted metric, Canada topped the list with 75% of public companies failing to meet this measure of profitability, well above the U.S. with 45% and the global average of 30%.