TORONTO, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Canadian pension fund OMERS said
on Friday it notched a 10 percent return on investments in 2012
as its private equity, property and infrastructure portfolios
made strong gains, offsetting losses on its investment in
Alberta’s oil and gas sector.
OMERS, which manages the pension plan for Ontario’s
public-sector municipal workers and has become a global
dealmaker by virtue of its deep pockets, said its net assets
grew to C$60.8 billion last year from C$55.1 billion at the end
TORONTO, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Canadian home prices fell for
the fifth month in a row in January from December and the
year-over-year price gain was the smallest since 2009 as the
housing market continued to cool.
The Teranet-National Bank Composite House Price Index, which
measures price changes for repeat sales of single-family homes,
showed on Wednesday that overall prices fell 0.3 percent in
January from a month earlier.
TORONTO, Feb 10 (Reuters) –
Buoyed by rising global stock markets, Canadian asset managers
are increasingly certain that 2013 will be the year that
investors who were burned by the financial crisis make a return
to equity-linked products.
As mutual fund developers try to read investor sentiment in
Canada’s traditionally heavy first-quarter sales period, money
continues to flow into funds marketed with the reassuring
“income” or “yield” tags that are favored by investors who lost
money in the 2008-09 stock market meltdown.
TORONTO, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Canadian financial adviser
Frances Summerhill has always felt a special connection with
female clients, but her focus on serving women is about more
than just rapport: she sees growth opportunities in their
“More women are starting businesses than men right now, more
are graduating from university … and there will be a wealth
transfer as women outlive their spouses. So women are going to
be in control of a lot of money,” said Summerhill, a veteran
financial planner at Scotia Capital Inc in Sudbury,
Ontario, 400 km north of Toronto.
TORONTO, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Canadian housing starts plunged
in January as both single and multiple starts fell, particularly
in Ontario, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp said on Friday in a
report that showed the housing market was weakening even faster
The seasonally adjusted annualized rate of housing starts
was 160,577 units in January, down from 197,118 in December. The
December figure was revised down from the 197,976 units reported
TORONTO (Reuters) – Gina McDonnell’s ancestors ran the family’s diverse charitable foundation for two generations before a retiring uncle turned to the Bank of Nova Scotia for help.
For the past 20 years, the bank’s Scotia Trust and Scotia Asset Management units have done everything from managing the assets and sorting through grants to ensuring compliance and providing independent auditors. They even host the meetings – and order the sandwiches – when the family gathers four times a year to discuss its charity.
TORONTO, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Canadian financial adviser Taylor
Hewson said it can be little awkward when he approaches clients
of his father’s who haven’t been contacted in years. But most of
the time, he comes away with an interested investor to add to
his own business.
As second-generation financial advisers in Regina, Hewson
and his brother have full permission to mine his father’s list
of old, less profitable or neglected clients as they seek to
build a partnership and plan for eventual business succession.
TORONTO (Reuters) – Comparing wealth managers who exploit niche markets to tobacco companies who make “light” cigarettes, the head of investment at Alberta’s largest bank said it is time the industry started leading investors rather than feeding them trendy products.
“Far too many firms are cranking out whatever advisers and clients are asking for at the moment, and we’ve ended up with thousands and thousands of funds, most of them are quite mediocre,” said Sheldon Dyck, president of ATB Investor Services, the wealth management arm of ATB Financial, Alberta’s state-owned bank.
TORONTO, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Canadian fund manager AGF
Management Ltd reported higher-than-expected quarterly
earnings on Wednesday and said it intends to renew its share
Fourth-quarter net income from continuing operations fell to
C$13.0 million from C$18.0 million a year earlier. Revenue and
assets under management declined 14.9 percent amid weak investor
confidence and an overall industry slump.
TORONTO (Reuters) – Every financial adviser faces the uphill battle of building a customer base through referrals, networking, cold-calling and marketing – and the memory of his early days of seeking clients still haunts Christopher Dewdney.
“The first years were very difficult,” recalls the Toronto financial adviser, who now has nine years under his belt.