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Staying disciplined as speculation heats up

Investment Views, Investments

From the Desk of the CIO: Ian Hardacre shares his views on the current equity markets. Ian also discusses the importance of active management and how a good asset allocation practice can improve a portfolio’s risk-return profile.

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From the desk of the CIO: Moving up the quality scale

Investment Views, Investments

From the Desk of the CIO: Ian Hardacre discusses the qualitative and quantitative factors used to assess high quality companies. Ian also provides examples of securities added to the fixed income, Canadian large cap and international equity mandates.

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Emblem Portfolios in action - Asset Allocation Update, February 26, 2020

Investments, Tactical Updates

Key takeaways:

Increased US equities, decreased cash


Tactical Update - February 26, 2020

Global equities retreated sharply over the last week as investors digested news about the spread of the coronavirus to countries beyond China. The broadly based S&P 500 Index is now down over 7% from its recent high.

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Emblem Portfolios in action - Asset Allocation Update, October 25, 2019

Investments, Tactical Updates

Key takeaways:

Increased U.S. and international equities, decreased Canadian small cap equities


Tactical Update - October 25, 2019

The record equity bull market (now well into its 11th year) continues to grind higher despite prevailing headwinds. Given its extended run and a softening of various global economic growth indicators, we believe it prudent to implement some tactical asset allocation adjustments to reflect these shifting fundamentals.

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Emblem Portfolios in action - Asset Allocation Update, July 22, 2019

Investments, Tactical Updates

Key takeaways:

Emblem Portfolios - Canadian: Tactically reduced cash, increased bonds


Tactical Update - July 22, 2019

Events have moved very quickly in bond markets. In the span of about seven months, the U.S. Federal Reserve (the “Fed”) has gone from increasing interest rates, to holding interest rates steady, and now market expectations are for multiple rate reductions over the remainder of the year.

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From the desk of the CIO: The young and the relentless

Investment Views, Investments

From the Desk of the CIO: Ian Hardacre shares his thoughts on the team's summer activities and the Empire Life Elite Equity Fund - one of Canada’s longest running segregated funds.

 

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Emblem Portfolios in action - Asset allocation update

Investments, Tactical Updates

Key takeaways:

Emblem Portfolios - Canadian: Increased U.S. equities, decreased international equities.
Emblem GIF Portfolios - Global: Increased U.S. equities, proceeds from bonds and/or accumulated cash 

Equity markets across the globe have experienced very strong moves since their December 2018 lows. At yesterday’s close, the S&P/TSX Composite has gained 20%, 21% for the S&P 500, and 13% for the MSCI EAFE index. With such strong moves in a compressed period of time, any improvement in fundamentals has not been able to keep pace.

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Emblem Portfolios in action - Volatility brings opportunity

Investments, Tactical Updates

Key takeaways: Tactically increased U.S. and international equities, reduced cash. Remain overweight in equities and underweight in fixed income.

 

The month of October historically has been one of the most volatile months for the stock market, and this year has turned out to be no different. 

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Emblem Portfolios in action - Capturing a relative value opportunity

Investments, Tactical Updates

Key takeaways: Tactically increased international equities and decreased Canadian equities. Remain overweight in equities and underweight in fixed income.

 

After starting the year with strength in the first few weeks of 2018, international equities were caught up in a period of global equity market volatility over the following weeks. Unlike the U.S. and Canadian markets, international markets have yet to fully recover from that volatility.

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Emblem Portfolios in action - Volatility affords opportunity

Investments, Tactical Updates

Increased global equities, reduced cash

Tactical Update - March 1, 2018

Volatility affords opportunity.

Equity market volatility came back with a vengeance over the past month, following a year-long stretch of historically low volatility. Simmering concerns over higher interest rates boiled over early in February following the release of strong U.S. wage growth data.

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