Portland Canadian Balanced Fund


Portfolio Manager

James Cole, CFA
Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager

James has over 36 years of investment experience including over 27 years as a portfolio manager responsible for Canadian and U.S. equities.


Portfolio Manager

Dragos Stefanescu, CFA, MBA
Portfolio Manager

Dragos brings a plethora of wealth management experience including 16 years with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.


As at August 31, 2021

Series 1 Month 3 Months 1 Year 3 Year4 5 Year4 Since Inception4
Portland Canadian Balanced Fund - Series A 0.5% (1.7%) 29.3% 10.5% 9.8% 9.6%
Portland Canadian Balanced Fund - Series F 0.6% (1.4%) 30.8% 11.8% 11.1% 10.9%
Blended Benchmark 0.7% 3.5% 15.4% 7.7% 6.6% 6.2%

Geographic Allocation

Canadian Equity 42.3%
Foreign Equity 26.2%
Cash & Other Net Assets (Liabilities)1 21.3%
Canadian Preferred 10.2%

Sector Allocation

Financials 32.5%
Communication Services 22.8%
Cash & Other Net Assets (Liabilities)1 21.3%
Exchange Traded Funds 10.2%
Energy 8.6%
Industrials 4.6%

Top Holdings2

Cash & Cash Equivalents 21.3%
Shaw Communications, Inc. 8.6%
TC Energy Corp 8.6%
Vodafone Group PLC 8.4%
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce 7.5%
The Toronto-Dominion Bank 6.3%
The Bank of Nova Scotia 5.9%
SoftBank Group Corp. 5.8%
BMO Laddered Preferred Share Index ETF 5.7%
Bank of Montreal 5.4%
Citigroup Inc. 5.0%
General Electric Company 4.6%
iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Preferred Share Index ETF 2.7%
The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation 2.4%
Horizons Active Preferred Share ETF 1.8%

Fund Info

Series Net Asset Value Per Unit Management Fee Series Start Date
Portland Canadian Balanced Fund - Series A $17.3999 1.75% Oct. 31, 2012
Portland Canadian Balanced Fund - Series F $18.1202 0.75% Oct. 31, 2012
Fund Brief

Fund Details

Fund Net Assets $46.1 million
CIFSC* Asset Class Canadian Equity Balanced
Risk Tolerance Low to Medium
MER5 Series A: 2.5%, Series F: 1.4%

Investment Objective

  • The Fund's objective is to provide positive long-term total returns, consisting of both income and capital gains by investing primarily in a portfolio of fixed income and Canadian equity securities.

Key Reasons To Invest

Close adherence to Framework:
Five Laws of Wealth Creation:

  • Own a few high quality businesses
  • Thoroughly understand these businesses
  • Ensure these businesses are domiciled in strong, long-term growth industries
  • Use other people’s money prudently
  • Hold these businesses for the long run

How The Fund is Managed

  • Active asset allocation between equities, fixed income and cash
  • Active management of equities to enhance returns
  • Focused number of equity holdings
  • Willingness to hold cash and hedge currency
  • Objectives (in Canadian Equity Balanced category):
    • Preservation of capital
    • Satisfactory long-term total returns

Potential Risks

  • The Manager believes the following risks may impact the performance of the Fund: concentration risk, currency risk, equity risk and debt securities risk. Please read the “What are the risks of investing in the Fund?” section in the Simplified Prospectus for a more detailed description of all the relevant risks.

Use of any third party quotations does not in any way suggest that person endorses Portland Investment Counsel Inc. and/or this product.

* Canadian Investment Funds Standards Committee

† Effective October 31, 2020, the Fund’s benchmark was changed from a blended benchmark of 60% S&P/TSX Composite Total Return Index and 40% iShares Core Canadian Universe Bond Index ETF TR to a blended benchmark of 60% MSCI Canada Index and 40% iShares Core Canadian Universe Bond Index ETF TR. 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 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 Generally available through dealers who have entered into a Portland Series F Dealer Agreement.

4 Annualized.

5 MER or management expense ratio is presented as at March 31, 2021. MER is updated on a semi-annual basis and the Manager may absorb operating expenses of the Fund at its discretion but is under no obligation to do so.

On April 17, 2020, Portland Canadian Balanced Fund was merged with Portland Canadian Focused Fund such that unitholders of Portland Canadian Focused Fund became unitholders of Portland Canadian Balanced Fund.

The blended returns are calculated by Portland Investment Counsel Inc. using end of day index values licensed from MSCI (MSCI Data). For the avoidance of doubt, MSCI is not the benchmark “administrator” for, or a “contributor”, “submitter” or “supervised contributor” to, the blended returns, and the MSCI Data is not considered a “contribution” or “submission” in relation to the blended returns, as those terms may be defined in any rules, laws, regulations, legislation or international standards. MSCI Data is provided “AS IS” without warranty or liability and no copying or distribution is permitted. MSCI does not make any representation regarding the advisability of any investment or strategy and does not sponsor, promote, issue, sell or otherwise recommend or endorse any investment or strategy, including any financial products or strategies based on, tracking or otherwise utilizing any MSCI Data, models, analytics or other materials or information.


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. The indicated rates of return are the historical annual compounded total returns including changes in units [share] value and reinvestment of all distributions [dividends] and do not take into account sales, redemption, distribution or optional charges or income taxes payable by any security holder that would have reduced returns. The rates of return are used only to illustrate the effects of the compound growth rate and are not intended to reflect future values of the mutual fund or returns on investment in the mutual fund. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.

James Cole is the portfolio manager of Portland Focused Plus Fund LP, Portland Focused Plus Fund, Portland North American Alternative Fund and Portland Canadian Balanced Fund. The four funds generally hold some of the same securities and may make trades in such securities simultaneously.

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