On May 29, 2018, the Government of Canada announced that it is prepared to purchase a variety of assets (most notably the Trans Mountain Pipeline System, including its planned expansion) for $4.5 billion from Kinder Morgan Canada (KML), which is 70%-owned by Texas-based Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI). Certain mutual funds managed by...read more
The difference between short-term and long-term yield in the U.S. and Canada is the narrowest in a decade. The flatness of the yield curve has been the subject of financial media coverage as a recessionary sign. This article summarizes our research on the meaning and impact of a flat yield curve on financial markets.
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Co-author: Gorlen Zhou
As of June 2018, several onshore Chinese stocks – so-called A shares – will be included in the widely followed MSCI Emerging Markets Index and MSCI All Country World Index; but don’t be swept up by the hype and marketing gimmicks surrounding the event. The...read more
Since the announcement by Kinder Morgan that it would suspend construction on its Trans Mountain Expansion Project, there have been many calls for further action by the federal or Alberta governments to ensure that the project is built. This is a matter of national priority given the stakes involved – billions of dollars and thousands of jobs,...read more
As passive penetration into fixed income picks up, active managers are increasingly making the case for how active management can benefit fixed income. Arguably, the debate between active and passive management of fixed-income investing is driven by asset-accumulation incentives on both sides. This article outlines a portfolio manager’s views...read more
Recently I attended the 2018 Citigroup Global Property CEO Conference, where over 1,200 of the world’s leading property-sector chief executive officers and investors were in attendance. The event saw a record turnout – the highest in over 20 years – which highlights the continued interest in and appetite for global property.
Predictable and growing cash flow, and low volatility – these are some of the benefits of owning real assets like real estate and infrastructure, as well as high-yield securities. Watch this brief and informative video as Geof Marshall, Senior Vice-President and Portfolio Manager, and Kevin McSweeney, Vice-President and Portfolio Manager,...read more
Given the importance of Australian holdings to the Signature High Income Fund, Signature Diversified Yield II Fund, including corporate class versions, and the Sentry Global Infrastructure Fund, and with Signature as a large investor in Australia (key holdings include Transurban Group and Sydney Airport), I was proud to accept an invitation to...read more
In the following video, I explain how Signature's unique team philosophy, structure, and culture are necessary to navigate today’s increasingly complex global markets. I hope this gives you insight on how the Signature team operates to protect our clients and seek benefits in an interconnected world. Thank you for your ongoing support.... read more
“Some use statistics as drunkards use lamp-posts – for support rather than illumination.”
As 2017 comes to an end, it is only appropriate that we reflect on positioning and performance across our fixed income strategies and set the course for what is shaping up to be a challenging 2018. That is not to say that...read more