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About RBC Global Asset Management

RBC Global Asset Management is the asset management division of Royal Bank of Canada ("RBC") which includes the following affiliates around the world, all indirect subsidiaries of RBC: RBC GAM Inc. (including Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management and PH&N Institutional), RBC Global Asset Management (U.S.) Inc., RBC Global Asset Management (UK) Limited, RBC Global Asset Management (Asia) Limited, BlueBay Asset Management LLP, and BlueBay Asset Management USA LLC.

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The strategy seeks to provide long-term capital growth and income with moderate volatility of returns and risk of an annual drawdown through use of traditional and alternative investment strategies.

The strategy employs a layered structure, with a foundation of income-generating securities that seek to provide stability to the portfolio. Layered to this are various alternative investment strategies that target moderate returns with low correlation to broader markets; these include but are not limited to merger arbitrage, long­/short equity, relative value, and opportunistic trading . The strategy can also employ market hedges to manage volatility and downside risk, as well as to offset industry, sector, or other risk exposures in the portfolio.

Strategy overview

  • Targets absolute returns with moderate level of risk
  • Broad investment universe of North American fixed income and equity securities
  • Focus on core income strategies combined with relative value and opportunistic trading
  • Conservative approach to leverage combined with market hedges to manage volatility
  • The strategy is currently closed to investors

Our approach

Investment philosophy and style

  • Layered portfolio structure with a substantial fixed income “base” at the core
  • Fixed income core provides stability and a consistent source of returns
  • Alternative strategies focus on idiosyncratic opportunities with higher expected returns
  • Moderate leverage (max of 2 times) can be used when appropriate
  • Market and security-level hedges are employed to manage volatility and undesired risks

Investment process

  • Ideas are generated through quantitative and qualitative screening and other sources
  • Fundamental research and evaluation of potential scenarios help assess risk and reward
  • We favour opportunities with asymmetric pay-off profiles (attractive upside relative to a potential loss)
  • Implementation is considered at the strategy, security, and capital structure level
  • Position sizing reflects quality and value with concentrated positions in high conviction ideas

Portfolio construction

  • Number of holdings usually in the 40-60 range
  • Each position is weighted based on attractiveness of the opportunity
  • Market hedges and individual short positions are used to manage risk
  • Internal constraints on position sizing, sector concentration, and shorting
  • Maximum leverage of 2 times (the portfolio can borrow $100 for $100 of capital)

Additional information

October 2002
Primary benchmark
FTSE Canada 91 Day T-Bill Index
Canadian Investment Fund

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RBC Alternative Investments team

Objective is to find compelling investment opportunities while controlling for risk to meet the objectives of its various mandates

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