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Fixed Income Commentary: As at September 30, 2020

Source: Phil Mesman, CFA
Publish Date: Oct 23, 2020
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  • In Q3, the Picton Mahoney Fortified Income Fund returned 3.24% (Class F) and the Picton Mahoney Fortified Income Alternative Fund returned 3.85% (Class F) which outperformed the blended benchmark composed of 75% ICE BofAML Global High Yield Index / 25% ICE BofAML Global Corporate Index (TR) (Hedged to CAD). Several special-situation investments contributed to the outperformance, including our Canadian and global bank positioning and M&A related opportunities.
  • The quarter enjoyed continued strong performance in most risk assets as the global economy began to adapt to life with COVID-19. Financial markets started pricing in the possibility of a return to normal, given promising data on several vaccine candidates.
  • While the timeline of the recovery remains uncertain, with governments committed to fiscal stimulus and central banks supporting the market via asset purchases, we believe credit remains an attractive asset class. However, valuations are getting stretched, and bifurcation is emerging. We are also becoming increasingly cautious about longer-dated bonds, as we see unprecedented fiscal deficits and government bond supply combined with a forward outlook that could be quite inflationary in a return to normal scenario.
  • We continue to be active, both long and short, with our team focused on finding stable income investments and attractive idiosyncratic event-driven situations while keeping credit and interest rate hedges in place to mitigate against potential volatility (e.g. U.S. election, virus/vaccine uncertainty, geopolitical risk, etc.).
Performance Returns Table for the Picton Mahoney Fortified Income Fund Class F and Picton Mahoney Fortified Income Alternative Fund Class F
For the funds’ full performance, visit
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