TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CI Global Asset Management (“CI GAM”) today announced the launch of two new equity mandates – CI Global Climate Leaders Fund, which focuses on firms leading the global campaign against climate change, and CI Alternative North American Opportunities Fund, which uses alternative strategies to invest in innovative high-growth companies.
Both funds are offered in mutual fund and exchange-traded fund series. The ETF Series begin trading today on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”), with CI Global Climate Leaders Fund using the tickers CLML (C$ Series units) and CLML.U (US$ Hedged Series units) and CI Alternative North American Opportunities Fund using CNAO (C$ Series units) and CNAO.U (US$ Hedged Series units).
“These timely new investment solutions are designed to meet investors’ evolving needs and preferences and reflect the continuing modernization of our product lineup and asset management business,” said Roy Ratnavel, CI GAM’s Executive Vice-President and Head of Distribution.
“CI Global Climate Leaders Fund allows Canadians to focus on one of the most important economic and societal trends today and to invest in support of the drive to a zero-carbon economy,” Mr. Ratnavel said.
“We believe that climate change represents the biggest investment opportunity since the internet,” said Nick Griffin, Chief Investment Officer of Munro Partners (“Munro”), portfolio sub-advisor of CI Global Climate Leaders Fund. “We are just at the beginning of the next big S-curve, a massive and sustainable decades-long growth trend. We aim to find those companies that are best positioned to win during this great global transition of decarbonization.”
CI Alternative North American Opportunities Fund is the latest entry in CI GAM’s industry-leading suite of liquid alternative funds, which access investment strategies beyond those typically used by traditional mutual funds and ETFs – providing the potential for enhanced diversification, enhanced returns and reduced volatility.
“The expanded toolbox available to liquid alts can provide valuable benefits in today’s challenging investment environment, and our alternative lineup has attracted significant investor interest,” Mr. Ratnavel said. “CI Alternative North American Opportunities Fund uses these sophisticated strategies to provide investors with exposure to a well-diversified, high-quality portfolio of North American growth companies, coupled with the downside protection not available to traditional long-only funds.”
CI GAM managed $4.0 billion in liquid alternative mutual funds and ETFs (as at June 30, 2021), the most of any firm in the Canadian industry.
CI Global Climate Leaders Fund
- The fund’s investment objective is to provide long-term capital growth, by investing primarily in a concentrated long-only portfolio of companies focused on decarbonization and climate change located anywhere in the world.
- Munro is a Melbourne-based global investment manager specializing in growth equities. The firm uses a proven investment process that has identified and invests in over 20 key structural growth trends, including climate, which is currently one of the largest themes in its portfolios.
- Munro has identified an initial cohort of companies that are well positioned to benefit from structural change related to climate change, largely drawn from four sub-sectors: clean energy; electric transportation and batteries; buildings and efficiency; packaging and waste and water management.
- The fund has a concentrated portfolio, which will typically range from 15 to 25 listed equities.
- Munro also manages CI Munro Alternative Global Growth Fund and CI Munro Global Growth Equity Fund.
CI Alternative North American Opportunities Fund
- The fund’s investment objective is to seek to generate high absolute returns over the long-term, balanced with a capital preservation mindset, by primarily investing in growth-oriented North American equities.
- The portfolio is managed by a CI GAM team led by Senior Portfolio Manager Peter Hofstra, who has over 19 years of investment management experience.
- The team uses thematic work to identify areas of the economy expected to grow rapidly along with company-specific analysis to build a concentrated portfolio of 25 to 75 high-quality holdings. The team also identifies weak firms or companies in declining industries as potential short sales.
- Mr. Hofstra is also Lead Portfolio Manager of several other CI funds, including CI North American Dividend Fund, which outperformed 99% of its peer funds in each of the three, five and 10-year periods ending June 30, 2021.*
Fund merger update
CI GAM also announced that shareholders of Cambridge Monthly Income Corporate Class and the regulators have approved the previously announced merger of the fund into Cambridge Global High Income Fund. This merger, along with the merger of Cambridge Monthly Income Fund into Cambridge Global High Income Fund (each, a “Merger”, and collectively, the “Mergers”), will be implemented after the close of business on or about July 23, 2021.
The Mergers will result in the termination of Cambridge Monthly Income Fund and Cambridge Monthly Income Corporate Class. Securityholders of these two terminating funds will receive the equivalent dollar value of securities in the corresponding series of Cambridge Global High Income Fund. The merger of Cambridge Monthly Income Fund into Cambridge Global High Income Fund will be effected on a tax-deferred basis. The Merger of Cambridge Monthly Income Corporate Class into Cambridge Global High Income Fund will be effected on a taxable basis, and the terminating fund also may pay a distribution when the Merger takes place. Please note that Cambridge Global High Income Fund is being renamed CI Global Equity & Income Fund effective July 29, 2021.
About CI Global Asset Management
CI Global Asset Management is one of Canada’s largest investment management companies. It offers a wide range of investment products and services and is on the Web at www.ci.com. CI GAM is a subsidiary of CI Financial Corp. (TSX: CIX, NYSE: CIXX), an independent company offering global asset management and wealth management advisory services with approximately $288.3 billion in total assets as at May 31, 2021.
|*Performance as at June 30, 2021 (%)||1 year||3 years||5 years||10 years|
|CI North American Dividend Fund (Series F)||32.95||13.21||11.16||10.13|
|Canada Fund Canadian Dividend & Income Equity Category||34.09||7.95||8.01||6.87|
|Number of funds in the category||530||476||419||188|
|Source: Morningstar Research Inc., as at June 30, 2021.|
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