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Financial markets at a glance - June 30, 2021

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Sustainable investing: Common myths and misconceptions - Part 3

Investment Views, Investments

From an evidence point of view, the proliferation of sustainable investment strategies and strong fund flows into these products are easily researched through publicly available resources. Underlying these trends, however, is a more durable structural shift.

Myth #3: Sustainable investing is a fad

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Sustainable investing: Common myths and misconceptions - Part 2

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Myth #2: All sustainable investing approaches are essentially the same

It is vital in understanding the different approaches related to sustainable investing. While standards and definitions continually evolve, there are generally six approaches to sustainable investing. Depending on an investor’s motivation in considering sustainable investing, some approaches may be more relevant than others. 

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Sustainable investing: Common myths and misconceptions

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Sustainable investing has experienced increased interest over the past few years, with a sharp acceleration in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other high profile social issues, such as the Black Lives Matter movement. There are, however, some common myths and misconceptions among investors that may be new to modern sustainable investing approaches. This educational resource attempts to provide insight and clarification into what we believe are the most misunderstood issues.

Myth #1: Sustainable investing is the same as ethical investing

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Emblem Portfolios in action - Asset Allocation Update, May 21, 2021

Investments, Tactical Updates

Key takeaways:

Emblem Portfolios - Global: Increase Canadian, US, International equities; decrease cash, bonds.


Tactical Update - May 21, 2021

  • Economies in Canada, the United States, and Europe continue their gradual re-openings following their COVID-19 induced shutdowns.
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Style rotation is powerful, so is a disciplined investment process

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Key points:

  • Investors continue to shift money out of growth-oriented stocks into beaten-down value sectors.
  • Just like all the other factors, however, value may exhibit periods of underperformance.
  • The powerful rotation to value may continue and investors could benefit from holding the line on their value factor investments.
  • At Empire Life, we believe a comprehensive investment solution that offers proper diversification and a reasoned asset allocation strategy is a better option than chasing the returns of hot stocks or narrowly focused asset classes.
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Sustainable investing at Empire Life

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From the Desk of Ashley Misquitta and David Mann: In this recent article, the portfolio managers discuss the evolution of sustainable investing and its growing popularity among investors. Ashley and David  also share how they incorporate ESG factors into their investment process.

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Small cap stocks: Leaders in a recovery

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Since the beginning of November 2020, we’ve seen the outperformance of small cap companies in relation to larger corporations by nearly eight percentage points. Spurred initially by the announcement of the COVID-19 vaccination and distribution plans across the country, momentum continued through the end of the year.

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Emblem Portfolios in action - Asset Allocation Update, January 25, 2021

Investments, Tactical Updates

Key takeaways:

Increased International equities, decreased US equities.


Tactical Update - January 25, 2021

European markets have materially lagged US equities over the past year due to multiple reasons including index composition and Brexit uncertainties. This has resulted in Europe trading at a near record discount to the US. Given its cyclical nature, the Japanese market has performed well but continues to provide exposure to a rebounding global economy.

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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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