Portland Global Income Fund

portfolio manager
Chris Wain-Lowe, BA, MBA
Chief Investment Officer, Executive Vice-President and Portfolio Manager

Chris Wain-Lowe has 35 years of business management and global financial services experience – living and working in four continents: Europe, Asia, Africa, North America as well as the Caribbean, which also embraced corporate experience in the energy, natural resources and utility industries.


fund details
Fund Net Assets $5.7 million
CIFSC* Asset Class Global Equity Balanced
Risk Tolerance Low to Medium

KEY reasons to invest
  • Monthly distributions, targeting 5.0%**** per annum - intended to be fully funded, plus potential for capital appreciation
  • The power of dividend investing combined with the benefits of global investing and asset class diversification for the potential to reduce volatility
  • The benefits of active and passive management are aligned to help reduce volatility
  • Tax-efficient structure, currently housing tax losses of approximately $23 million
  • Management fee from 0.65% per annum for Series F units

how the fund is managed
  • Common shares of large global companies with attractive dividend-payout ratios and a history of rising dividends over the long term, selected primarily from the members of the S&P Europe 350 Dividend Aristocrats, the S&P 500® Dividends Aristocrats and the S&P/TSX Dividend Aristocrats
  • Primarily investment grade** preferred shares of North American companies
  • Balanced mix of fixed income ETFs with an emphasis on investment grade*** corporate bonds
  • Selective use of options to generate additional returns towards distributions and currency hedging all or some of the Fund's non-Canadian dollar exposure


The Manager believes the following risks may impact the performance of the Fund: active management risk, credit risk, currency risk, debt securities and equity risks, ETF risk, interest rate risk and derivatives risk. Please read the “Risk Factors” section in the Simplified Prospectus for a more detailed description of all the relevant risks.

asset allocation
As at August 31, 2019
Preferred Equity 40.6%
Equity 32.7%
Exchange Traded Funds 19.6%
Other Net Assets (Liabilities)1 3.0%
Corporate Bonds 2.1%
Government Bonds 1.9%
Forward Currency Contracts 0.1%

geographic allocation
As at August 31, 2019
Canada 45.9%
United States 24.1%
Bermuda 11.0%
United Kingdom 8.4%
Other Net Assets (Liabilities)1 3.0%
Australia 1.9%
Jersey 1.9%
Switzerland 1.9%
France 1.8%
Forward Currency Contracts 0.1%

sector allocation
As at August 31, 2019
Exchange Traded Funds 19.6%
Utilities 17.1%
Financials 14.0%
Real Estate 12.9%
Energy 8.7%
Communication Services 6.4%
Industrials 5.5%
Consumer Discretionary 4.6%
Materials 3.5%
Other Net Assets (Liabilities)1 3.0%
Corporate Bonds 2.1%
Government Bonds 1.9%
Consumer Staples 0.6%
Forward Currency Contracts 0.1%

top holdings
As at August 31, 2019
Brookfield Property Partners LP 5.0%
Vanguard S&P 500 ETF 4.6%
iShares International Select Dividend ETF 4.1%
BCE Inc., Preferred, Series AE, Floating Rate 3.7%
Thomson Reuters Corporation, Preferred, Series B, Floating Rate 3.2%
ECN Capital Corp., Preferred, Series C, Fixed-Reset 3.0%
Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund 2.7%
Brookfield Office Properties Inc., Preferred, Series V, Floating Rate 2.6%
Cash 2.6%
Emera Incorporated, Preferred, Series H, Fixed-Reset 2.6%
Royal Dutch Shell PLC 2.4%
Bunzl PLC 2.3%
TransAlta Renewables Inc. 2.3%
iShares MSCI South Africa ETF 2.2%
Digicel Group Limited 6.75% March 1, 2023 2.1%
Bank of Montreal, Preferred, Series 42, Fixed-Reset 2.0%
WPP PLC 1.9%
TransAlta Corporation, Preferred, Series E, Fixed-Reset 1.9%
Canada Government Bond 2.250% June 1, 2029 1.9%
Dufry AG 1.9%
TransAlta Corporation, Preferred, Series B, Floating Rate 1.9%
Northland Power Inc., Preferred, Series 1, Fixed-Reset 1.9%
TOTAL S.A. 1.8%
BHP Group PLC 1.8%
Oaktree Strategic Income Corporation 1.7%

Option Positions
Wells Fargo & Company, Put 40, 09/20/19 0.0%
AT&T Inc., Call 36, 09/20/19 0.0%
BHP Group PLC, Call 55, 09/20/2019 0.0%
fund codes
Fund Name Series Code - Initial Sales Charge Code - DSC Code - LL
Portland Global Income Fund
531 538 539
Portland Global Income Fund
010 n/a n/a
Portland Global Income Fund
059 n/a n/a

- Fundserv Management Company Code: “PTL”
company briefs of Possible Holdings


* Canadian Investment Funds Standards Committee

** Investment grade means Pfd 3/P-3 or higher

*** Investment grade means BBB- or higher

****The portfolio is expected to generate income from dividends, interest and option writing income , which after deduction of expenses, will be distributed by the Fund to unitholders. The targeted monthly distribution amount is reset at the beginning of each calendar year to provide an approximate yield of 5% per annum based on the NAV per Series A Unit as at December 31 of the prior year. Assuming the expected level of income is received, the portfolio would not be required to appreciate. If the level of income is less than the amount necessary to meet the distribution, the Manager may either pay out a lower distribution or supplement the amount needed through net realized capital gains from the portfolio or may return a portion of the capital of the Fund to unitholders in which case the distribution would not have been fully funded as the net asset value would be reduced. Distributions are reinvested automatically in additional units of the Fund. No commissions are payable upon automatic reinvestment of distributions.

† Effective April 30, 2018, the Fund’s benchmarks were changed from a broad-based benchmark, the JP Morgan US Aggregate Bond Total Return Index, and a blended benchmark (consisting of 45% MSCI World Index, 15% S&P/TSX Preferred Share Index, 10% iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index ETF, 10% Markit iBoxx US$ Liquid Investment Grade Index, 10% Morningstar Emerging Markets Corporate Bond Index, 5% Markit iBoxx US$ Liquid High Yield Index, and 5% JPMorgan Emerging Markets Bond Index) to a blended benchmark of 60% MSCI Total Return World Index and 40% JP Morgan US Aggregate Bond Total Return Index. This change in benchmark is to align better our approach to rating the Fund’s risk and return with its underlying investments.

1 Other Net Assets (Liabilities) refers to all other assets and liabilities in the Fund excluding portfolio investments.

2 Where the Fund holds less than 25 long and short holdings, all investments have been disclosed. There may be other assets and liabilities which are not included, and therefore the summary does not add up to 100%.

3 Effective date of management fee rate is April 20, 2018. Generally available through dealers who have entered into a Portland Series F Dealer Agreement.

4 Annualized.


Risk tolerance measures the degree of uncertainty that an investor can handle regarding fluctuations in the value of their portfolio. The amount of risk associated with any particular investment depends largely on your own personal circumstances including your time horizon, liquidity needs, portfolio size, income, investment knowledge and attitude toward price fluctuations. Investors should consult their financial advisor before making a decision as to whether this Fund is a suitable investment for them.

Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the prospectus before investing. The indicated rates of return are the historical annual compounded total returns including changes in unit value and reinvestment of all distributions [dividends] and does not take into account sales, redemption, distributions or optional charges or income taxes payable by any securityholder in respect of a participating fund that would have reduced returns. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.

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