Alignvest Strategic Partners Fund Quarterly Report

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Please see the attached for our fourth quarter 2019 report for Alignvest Strategic Partners Fund. The Q4 update discusses performance over the past quarter and our thoughts going forward.

Q4 2019 Performance

• Alignvest Strategic Partners Fund was up 2.7% (Class F, net of fees) during Q4 2019. The Fund delivered a 2019 calendar year net return of 10.2% while maintaining the same ~4.5% annualized volatility as we have since inception.

 

 

Q4 2019 ASPF Report

COVID-19 Update from MFG

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March 17, 2020

 

Dear clients and friends of MFG,

We are carefully monitoring the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We must take appropriate actions to limit the impact of the virus on our community, particularly by focusing on the safety of our clients, employees and their families.

We have instituted our business continuity plan with a view to proactively anticipate and respond to any potential for business interruption, including restricted business travel, work from home protocols where appropriate, and encouraging the use of video and teleconference for interactions. We are also implementing social distancing measures that will also help reduce the spread of infectious diseases, such as reducing face to face meetings and ensuring our employees can work from home as required so we have a healthy workforce able to maintain our high standard of service. The same applies to our operational specialists who maintain the integrity of our systems and processes. Equally important, we maintain strong safeguards on information and identity.

We want to ensure that there are no interruptions or delays in contacting any of our MFG team members. Please find below our mobile #’s:

 

 Mark Meckelborg (306) 270-2221
 Mark Teal (306) 251-2429
 Benoit Gaudet (306) 229-1883
 Mindy Meckelborg (306) 380-4780
 Richie Stanviloff (306) 341-2814
 Zach Sim (306) 361-5228

 

Trade instructions will not be accepted via email or text, therefore please ensure you contact us by phone to verbally confirm your order.

Should there be further developments with COVID-19 that prevent access to our physical premises or disruptions with mail delivery by Canada Post, courier or messenger services, this may impact our ability to receive physical cheques. As a reminder, you can set up an “electronic bill payments” with your applicable banking institution should you wish to make an online deposit.

While the COVID-19 situation is ongoing, we are increasingly aware of its impact on both the global and local markets in which our clients operate. Our efforts will ensure that we are able to provide the highest level of client service while positioning ourselves to take advantage of the market opportunities that lie ahead.

 

We wish you all health and safety throughout the coming weeks.

The MFG Team

 

 

MFG – covid letter – March 17, 2020

Adventus Update

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Please see the below update from Adventus’ Management Team. Some key highlights of the report are:

  1. A new acquisition has been announced in Dallas, Texas. This is important as it brings a third major market into the portfolio and would also have the REIT achieve an asset value of over US$1 billion. Over the last couple of years, Management has indicated that the US$1 billion mark would be important for a solid exit.
  2. Adventus also announced a major lease renewal signed with one of the REIT’s largest tenants, US Foods. They highlight that this renewal will be very positive for the value of Adventus units over the coming 12 months.

 

In summary, this is welcome news as these are two very positive step for Adventus and the unitholders.

 

2020.02.05 – Adventus Realty Trust Business Updates

5 Reasons for an RRSP

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There are some great reasons to open a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) to save for your retirement. Here are the top 5 reasons to open an RRSP:

 

Contributions are tax deductible

You can claim your RRSP contribution as a deduction on your tax return and even carry forward unused space to a future year where you may have a higher income. All of this combined means that your retirement savings pot can grow even faster.

 

Savings grow tax free

You won’t pay any tax on investment earnings as long as they stay in your RRSP. This tax-free compounding allows your savings to grow faster.

 

Convert RRSP to receive regular payments

You are able to convert the money saved in your RRSP into a RRIF or annuity when your time comes to retire. You’ll pay tax on the regular payments you receive each year- but if you’re in a lower tax bracket in retirement, you’ll pay less tax.

 

Spousal RRSP can reduce your combined tax

Reduce your combined tax burden. If you are married and you earn more money that your spouse, a spousal RRSP may benefit you as you can add to their tax-free savings to build a joint retirement income which is likely to mean that you pay less tax in the long run.

 

Borrow from RRSP to buy your first home or pay for your education

You can borrow money from your RRSP under certain conditions

 

If you want to buy your first home (Home Buyer’s Plan) or pay for your education (Lifelong Learning Plan), you can take out up to $35,000 (HBP) or $20,000 (LLP) respectively from your RRSP to fund it without paying tax on the withdrawals (providing that the money is paid back within the specified time).