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Proper due diligence can counter the lure of triple-digit returns

By Dan Hallett on March 1st, 2011

I was recently asked to comment for an article on a small, top-performing mutual fund – Redwood Global Small Cap.  While the article included a couple of my comments, there was no room for some of the more striking statistics I found when...

The Only Relevant Investment Benchmark

By Mark Barnicutt on February 24th, 2011

Most people agree that bad habits are hard to break.  The unfortunate reality, though, is that the global investment management industry has developed a really bad habit over the past several decades: Convincing investor clients that their goal...

Liability Driven Investing

By Mark Barnicutt on February 18th, 2011

Liability driven investing (LDI) differs from a traditional policy portfolio approach in that an actual liability stream of an organization serves as the benchmark instead of a simple return target or a proxy based on market indices. Under an LDI...

Lest We Forget

By Mark Barnicutt on February 17th, 2011

“We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.”  George Bernard Shaw With equity markets, especially in Canada, getting close to previous bull market highs, investor behaviours appear to be changing.  Specifically, it...

Trend of decreased transparency a lose-lose

By Dan Hallett on February 16th, 2011

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love.  But on February 14, 2011, I wasn’t feeling the love from the mutual fund industry.  On that day, the Investment Funds Institute of Canada announced that it would cease reporting...

LSIFs and hedge funds with training wheels

By Dan Hallett on February 14th, 2011

I was recently asked to comment on Labour Sponsored Investment Funds (LSIFs) by the Canadian Press.  The words attributed to me in this article may give readers the wrong impression.  The article says, in part: Hallett said these funds are most...

Investing for retirement

By Dan Hallett on February 8th, 2011

In Tuesday’s Globe & Mail, I shared a couple of suggestions that investors should consider for their RRSPs.  My suggestions covered two themes you’d have read here over the past several months.  One is that bonds remain a vital,...

"Where’s the best place to invest?"

By Mark Barnicutt on February 6th, 2011

In meetings with prospective clients, I frequently get the question: “Where’s the best place to invest?” Given that the investment management industry is so “product” and “return” focused, I think investors...

Trusteed Group Retirement Plans

By Mark Barnicutt on February 5th, 2011

The group retirement plan landscape internationally is dominated by trustee arrangements. In these arrangements, a trustee is appointed to bear the responsibility of ensuring the safety of the assets entrusted to this legal entity. Normally, in...

North American Securities Administrators Association Supports Fiduciary Standards

By Mark Barnicutt on February 3rd, 2011

Investment Executive today reported that the North American Securities Administrators Association recently unveiled its U.S. legislative agenda, which was highlighed by a call to impose a fiduciary duty on everyone providing investment advice. The...

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