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General Market Comment 

January 27, 2015

Interest Rates. The drop of interest rates by the Bank of Canada was a complete surprise. Feels it was the right move. With the situation on real estate in Alberta and the job losses, the move was prudent to prime the pump a little bit. It was a little insurance to help release a little more growth. Expects there will be at least one more cut, if not 2, given the way the market is moving right now. We had a pretty big miss on inflation numbers on Friday when that number started to tick down, Bank of Canada’s primary responsibility is maintaining inflation in the 1%-3% range. Thinks employment numbers in January will not be good.

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Interest Rates. The drop of interest rates by the Bank of Canada was a complete surprise. Feels it was the right move. With the situation on real estate in Alberta and the job losses, the move was prudent to prime the pump a little bit. It was a little insurance to help release a little more growth. Expects there will be at least one more cut, if not 2, given the way the market is moving right now. We had a pretty big miss on inflation numbers on Friday when that number started to tick down, Bank of Canada’s primary responsibility is maintaining inflation in the 1%-3% range. Thinks employment numbers in January will not be good.

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January 27, 2015

Bonds. Global government bond yields are at, or near record lows. However, you don’t want to not be in this market now, because when everything else falls apart, this is the market that is going to perform. From a diversification standpoint and your overall portfolio, you definitely want to have some government fixed income and some long-term bonds to balance out the rest of your returns. It has really been a capital appreciation game for the last several years, and he thinks this can continue. In the long run, he thinks the bond market will beat cash. Compared to Europe and Japan, we can still move quite a bit lower, and still generate some pretty good returns for your portfolio. He is more inclined towards corporate and provincial.

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Bonds. Global government bond yields are at, or near record lows. However, you don’t want to not be in this market now, because when everything else falls apart, this is the market that is going to perform. From a diversification standpoint and your overall portfolio, you definitely want to have some government fixed income and some long-term bonds to balance out the rest of your returns. It has really been a capital appreciation game for the last several years, and he thinks this can continue. In the long run, he thinks the bond market will beat cash. Compared to Europe and Japan, we can still move quite a bit lower, and still generate some pretty good returns for your portfolio. He is more inclined towards corporate and provincial.

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January 27, 2015

What do “D+18” and “FF” mean in corporate bonds? FF is a “Fixed Floater”, which means you have a fixed coupon for the 1st period, after which you have a floating coupon. A pretty complex security, so this is one where you want to talk to your advisor to make sure you know what you are getting into. In Canada the “Fixed Floater” typically gets called. In Europe and America it is not so much the case. Those Fixed Floaters are subordinate bonds of the financial companies, not senior credits. The D+18 means the issuer can Call that bond at any time. They take the then Canada yield at 18 basis points to generate a new price. Typically the 18 basis points is well below what the bond was issued at. This rarely, rarely happens.

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What do “D+18” and “FF” mean in corporate bonds? FF is a “Fixed Floater”, which means you have a fixed coupon for the 1st period, after which you have a floating coupon. A pretty complex security, so this is one where you want to talk to your advisor to make sure you know what you are getting into. In Canada the “Fixed Floater” typically gets called. In Europe and America it is not so much the case. Those Fixed Floaters are subordinate bonds of the financial companies, not senior credits. The D+18 means the issuer can Call that bond at any time. They take the then Canada yield at 18 basis points to generate a new price. Typically the 18 basis points is well below what the bond was issued at. This rarely, rarely happens.

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These iShares basically take all the dividends, repayments, etc., so the yields can get quite high. Pretty much a flow through. This gives you all of the big banks and the big insurers in Canada along with bonds and preferred shares. It is kind of a funny blend and not one he would recommend.

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These iShares basically take all the dividends, repayments, etc., so the yields can get quite high. Pretty much a flow through. This gives you all of the big banks and the big insurers in Canada along with bonds and preferred shares. It is kind of a funny blend and not one he would recommend.

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HOLD
Fairfax Financial(FFH-T) 

January 27, 2015

2021 bond paying 6.4% per annum. Fairfax is one of those unique credits in the bond market. It is BBB, so it is still an investment great company. This is a great one to look at. It has had a pretty good run, but offers a pretty decent little spread over Canada bonds right now.

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2021 bond paying 6.4% per annum. Fairfax is one of those unique credits in the bond market. It is BBB, so it is still an investment great company. This is a great one to look at. It has had a pretty good run, but offers a pretty decent little spread over Canada bonds right now.

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January 27, 2015

3-12 month effects from the recent Bank of Canada rate cut and the European Quantitative Easing on Canadian markets? In his opinion, a lot of the rally in the equity markets has been driven by central bank policies. They have inflated asset prices, and equity markets are one component of that. The European move probably makes Canada look more attractive as a place to invest in. However, Canada is cutting rates because they see sliding growth, which is generally not good for corporate earnings or equities. He doesn’t think rate cuts are going to help drive the TSE further.

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3-12 month effects from the recent Bank of Canada rate cut and the European Quantitative Easing on Canadian markets? In his opinion, a lot of the rally in the equity markets has been driven by central bank policies. They have inflated asset prices, and equity markets are one component of that. The European move probably makes Canada look more attractive as a place to invest in. However, Canada is cutting rates because they see sliding growth, which is generally not good for corporate earnings or equities. He doesn’t think rate cuts are going to help drive the TSE further.

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January 27, 2015

Are Strip Bonds a viable investment option? Canada has one of the most well-developed strip bond markets in the world right now. Effectively you are going from an interest bearing instrument to a compounding instrument. For example, you are buying $100 that comes due in 2025, and today you only pay $.70 on the dollar for that. It’s a great way to lock in a rate of return and a great way to compound your interest in a tax-exempt account. You don’t want to do this in a taxable account as even though you are not receiving any interest, you have to pay tax on it every year.

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Are Strip Bonds a viable investment option? Canada has one of the most well-developed strip bond markets in the world right now. Effectively you are going from an interest bearing instrument to a compounding instrument. For example, you are buying $100 that comes due in 2025, and today you only pay $.70 on the dollar for that. It’s a great way to lock in a rate of return and a great way to compound your interest in a tax-exempt account. You don’t want to do this in a taxable account as even though you are not receiving any interest, you have to pay tax on it every year.

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DON'T BUY
Transalta Corp(TA-T) 

January 27, 2015

2030 strip bond at 6.2%? With this, you have the coupon payments and you have the bond. Transalta is BB rated and could easily get downgraded to junk in the next couple of years. A junk company could potentially default, and if they do, those interest payments disappear. He would not recommend this company.

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2030 strip bond at 6.2%? With this, you have the coupon payments and you have the bond. Transalta is BB rated and could easily get downgraded to junk in the next couple of years. A junk company could potentially default, and if they do, those interest payments disappear. He would not recommend this company.

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January 27, 2015

Why is there such a large market for low yielding bonds of 1% or less? The main answer is liquidity. In GICs, you are locking in your money. What if you need your money in 6 months time?

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Why is there such a large market for low yielding bonds of 1% or less? The main answer is liquidity. In GICs, you are locking in your money. What if you need your money in 6 months time?

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January 27, 2015

(A Top Pick Feb 24/14. Up 13.17%.) Ville de Montreal 3.5% Sep 1, 2023. This one outstripped what the overall market did. This still looks relatively cheap compared to provincials.

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(A Top Pick Feb 24/14. Up 13.17%.) Ville de Montreal 3.5% Sep 1, 2023. This one outstripped what the overall market did. This still looks relatively cheap compared to provincials.

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PAST TOP PICK

(A Top Pick Feb 24/14. Up 9.48%.) Nov 1, 2019, 3.19%. At that time, he was a little nervous about rates rising which is why he went for the 5 years. Also, on a spread basis, he thought it looked pretty attractive.

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(A Top Pick Feb 24/14. Up 9.48%.) Nov 1, 2019, 3.19%. At that time, he was a little nervous about rates rising which is why he went for the 5 years. Also, on a spread basis, he thought it looked pretty attractive.

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PAST TOP PICK

(A Top Pick Feb 24/14. Up 2.9%.) Sept 24, 2020, 7.5%. He still likes this. Did a great job of terming out their debt right before the meltdown.

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(A Top Pick Feb 24/14. Up 2.9%.) Sept 24, 2020, 7.5%. He still likes this. Did a great job of terming out their debt right before the meltdown.

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COMMENT

This has lagged, because basically you are holding T-bills and equal-end type instruments. When you’re starting at 1%, there is not much room for price appreciation. This is more of a cash alternative as opposed to a bond alternative.

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This has lagged, because basically you are holding T-bills and equal-end type instruments. When you’re starting at 1%, there is not much room for price appreciation. This is more of a cash alternative as opposed to a bond alternative.

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January 27, 2015

Rate reset preferreds? The preferred share market is very cheap right now. They really haven’t followed the rally in bonds at all. These are perpetual securities. As much as they have lower interest rates (because a dividend does reset every 5 years), it comes along with some Call risks and a lot of credit risks, because it could remain outstanding forever. They are a good investment, and up to 25% of your fixed income portfolio could be in these. You want to hold them in your taxable portion because of the advantages of the dividend tax credit. Be selective and stay with investment-grade of P2 or better.

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Rate reset preferreds? The preferred share market is very cheap right now. They really haven’t followed the rally in bonds at all. These are perpetual securities. As much as they have lower interest rates (because a dividend does reset every 5 years), it comes along with some Call risks and a lot of credit risks, because it could remain outstanding forever. They are a good investment, and up to 25% of your fixed income portfolio could be in these. You want to hold them in your taxable portion because of the advantages of the dividend tax credit. Be selective and stay with investment-grade of P2 or better.

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January 27, 2015

Ontario government bonds? This is probably the credit to Buy right now when you look at what is available. BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan trade at well below what Ontario does. Ontario and Manitoba are the ones that you want to look at right now.

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Ontario government bonds? This is probably the credit to Buy right now when you look at what is available. BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan trade at well below what Ontario does. Ontario and Manitoba are the ones that you want to look at right now.

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