Portland Global Alternative 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.


Portfolio Manager

Kyle Ostrander, CFA
Portfolio Manager

Kyle Ostrander is a Portfolio Manager at Portland Investment Counsel Inc. In June 2014, Kyle joined as an Investment Associate Trainee after completing his Honours Bachelor of Commerce with a Minor in Mathematics from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University.

Fund Brief Brochure Presentation

Fund Details

Fund Net Assets $2.1 million
CIFSC* Asset Class Alternative Equity Focused
Risk Tolerance Medium to High

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 global equities and debt-like securities.
  • The Fund may also engage in borrowing for investment purposes.

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

Professional use of a variable amount of leverage with the potential to outperform the benchmark

Embedded product leverage is non-recourse to individual investors

Management fee from 0.75% per annum for Series F units

Tax-efficient structure, currently housing tax losses of approximately $160 million

How The Fund is Managed

  • Common shares of large global companies that the Manager identifies as the best global ideas that may include securities with a history of rising dividends and/or share buybacks over the long term
  • Preference towards defensive sectors (Utilities and Consumer Staples) and low beta4 securities in order to minimize volatility and to increase the realized Sharpe Ratio5
  • Currency exposures that approximately match those of the benchmark to minimize tracking error
  • Utilizing low cost borrowing to purchase securities on margin and facilitate opportunistic investments during market volatility and irrational market valuations

Potential Risks

  • The Manager believes the following risks may impact the performance of the Fund: concentration risk, currency risk, equity risk, leverage 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.

Geographic Allocation
As at January 31, 2021

United States 71.6%
United Kingdom 11.9%
Canada 8.9%
Japan 6.8%
Switzerland 4.3%
Denmark 2.1%
Germany 1.6%
France 1.5%
Spain 1.5%
Bermuda 1.2%
Belgium 1.1%
Cash & Other Net Assets (Liabilities)1 -12.5%

Sector Allocation
As at January 31, 2021

Financials 20.5%
Consumer Staples 18.6%
Exchange Traded Funds 16.8%
Industrials 10.5%
Consumer Discretionary 9.9%
Utilities 9.9%
Health Care 8.3%
Information Technology 7.3%
Communication Services 5.8%
Real Estate 4.9%
Cash & Other Net Assets (Liabilities)1 -12.5%

Top Holdings2
As at January 31, 2021

iShares MSCI World ETF 16.8%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. 7.0%
Amazon.com, Inc. 5.2%
Microsoft Corporation 5.0%
Cincinnati Financial Corporation 4.1%
Alphabet Inc. 3.7%
Consolidated Edison, Inc. 3.5%
JPMorgan Chase & Co. 3.1%
Royal Bank of Canada 3.0%
Canadian National Railway Company 2.8%
Federal Realty Investment Trust 2.8%
Diageo PLC 2.5%
Johnson & Johnson 2.4%
Mitsubishi Corporation 2.3%
Compass Group PLC 2.2%
The Walt Disney Company 2.1%
Coloplast A/S 2.1%
Prudential PLC 2.1%
American Tower Corporation 2.1%
Bunzl PLC 2.0%
SSE PLC 1.9%
Fortis, Inc. 1.8%
Sumitomo Corporation 1.7%
Hormel Foods Corporation 1.7%
Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA 1.6%

Option Positions

Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Call 250, 03/19/21 0.0%
Cincinnati Financial Corporation, Call 100, 03/19/21 0.0%
JPMorgan Chase & Co., Call 155, 03/19/21 0.0%
Walmart Inc., Call 165, 03/19/21 0.0%

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

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 Beta is a measure of the volatility, or systematic risk, of an individual stock in comparison to the unsystematic risk of the entire market. In statistical terms, beta represents the slope of the line through a regression of data points from an individual stock’s returns against those of the market.

5 The Sharpe Ratio is a measure for calculating risk-adjusted returns. It is calculated by subtracting the risk-free rate from the return of the portfolio and dividing that result by the standard deviation of the portfolio’s excess return.

On April 17, 2020, Portland Global Banks Fund was converted from a conventional mutual fund to an alternative mutual fund and renamed Portland Global Alternative Fund.


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.

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