What’s the strategy?
The Corporate Bond (Portico) portfolio strategy invests primarily in investment-grade Canadian corporate bonds (rated BBB or higher), diversified across a wide range of both industry sectors and credit quality.
The portfolio manager pursues a consistent, measured and disciplined approach to capture incremental gains through a multi-factor approach to analyzing interest rates, credit markets and yield curves.
The portfolio manager of this actively managed fixed-income portfolio focuses on risk management and generating an attractive yield. Within well-defined risk parameters, the portfolio manager has the flexibility to add exposure to high-yield bonds and foreign-denominated bonds in select holdings when attractive market conditions exist.
Why invest in this portfolio strategy?
Ideal for investors seeking additional yield opportunity (above that of Canadian government bonds) through investment-grade corporate bonds scrutinized for their credit quality fundamentals and attractive relative value.
This actively managed portfolio also offers a reduced sensitivity (when compared to a core bond portfolio) to the negative effects of rising interest rates on bond prices; this is due to the additional yield cushion and typical shorter duration of the portfolio.
The Corporate bond (Portico) portfolio strategy offers investors a fixed income alternative that generates a higher income than a typical core Canadian bond fund. This portfolio strategy can offer:
- A diversified Canadian fixed income portfolio of corporate bond holdings across a wide range of industry sectors and credit quality.
- Additional yield opportunity (above that of Canadian government bonds) through investment-grade corporate, with the additional flexibility to invest in non-investment grade corporate debt and foreign-denominated debt in select holdings when attractive market conditions present.
- A reduced sensitivity (when compared to a core bond portfolio) to the negative effects of rising interest rates on bond prices.
- Active fixed-income portfolio management and proprietary credit analysis to capitalize on yield opportunities and minimize portfolio risk.
Data for institutional investors
Vice-President, Fixed Income
Mark leads GLC’s Portico Investment Management division, which oversees more than $17 billion of fixed income assets under management within bond, balanced, mortgage and money market mandates. His work in developing portfolio positioning strategies with respect to interest rate and yield curve movement outlooks was instrumental in creating GLC’s Tactical Bond portfolio strategy, of which Mark remains a lead portfolio manager. Mark is also a key member of the GLC Global Multi-Asset Strategy team, which oversees all of GLC’s balanced, target-date and target-risk asset allocation fund solutions.
Mark brings over two decades of international fixed income and foreign exchange trading experience with a focus on derivatives to GLC. Prior to joining GLC, he held senior positions with leading financial companies in London, UK and New York.
Mark is a CFA charterholder, Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) and holds an honours bachelor of economics degree from Carleton University.
Vice-President, Fixed Income
Janet is a lead manager for the Canadian Bond, Corporate Bond, Core Plus Bond and Tactical Bond mandates, with additional oversight responsibilities for some of Portico's sector-focused and specialized fixed income portfolios. Janet also contributes as a member of GLC’s Global Multi-Asset Strategy team, which oversees all of GLC’s balanced, target-date and target-risk asset allocation fund solutions.
Joining GLC’s predecessor asset management firm in 1995, Janet brings over 25 years of portfolio management expertise spanning active and passive fixed-income strategies, including customized mandates for pension plans and financial institutions.
Janet is a CFA charterholder and holds an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo.
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Portfolio attributes and rates of return reflect the portfolio strategy used by the London Life segregated fund shelf.
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