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The dominant narrative in the market this quarter was, unsurprisingly, a debate surrounding whether or not the global economy would fall into recession, when that might be, and how severe?
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If you are feeling uneasy or anxious about the current state of the markets, you’re not alone. Our latest post is a reminder that, in the long-run, things almost always work out for the better.
This report covers topics including Cidel’s performance summary, our estate planning overview, a breakdown of stock rivalries and more. Enjoy!
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Equities had a memorable first quarter of 2022, but entirely for awful reasons.
Early in the quarter markets exhibited weakness as they continued to digest the reality that persistent inflation was helping to bring the era of extreme central bank and fiscal liquidity to a close.
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Click here to read Arthur Heinmaa’s, Chief Investment Officer, views on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Our Charles Lannon, Senior Vice President and Head of Equities, provides his commentary on our Global Equity Strategy. He begins:
“2021 was another year of double digit returns in global equities, with the MSCI World Index returning 22.3% in U.S. dollar terms (or 21.2% in Canadian dollar terms). This strong annual return is consistent with a sharp rebound in both economic growth and earnings. It is projected that global GDP growth in 2021 will come in around 5.9% the best result in well over a decade.”
We are ending the year on a charitable note. Our partnership with the Salvation Army of Barbados has progressed over 20 years and we are happy to support them once again.
Our ethos of corporate social responsibility has led us to create The Children First Trust charity. This year we felt the need to make a more significant contribution and expand our efforts to include more families in need.
Our Q3 2021 Quarterly Report is out!
This report covers topics including Cidel’s performance summary, our partnership with TwinRiver Capital Group, a podcast recording from our Latin American team and more. Enjoy!
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Our partnership with TwinRiver Capital Group marks a new milestone.
We have just announced the launch of the Cidel-TwinRiver Global Impact Fund (the “TwinRiver Global Impact Fund” or the “Fund”).
This new Fund offers investors exposure to companies working intentionally and pro-actively on making a positive social and environmental contribution.
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Our Q2 2021 Quarterly Report is out!
This report covers topics including Cidel’s performance summary, our acquisition of Lorica, a recording on timing the market and more. Enjoy!
Cidel Asset Management Inc. (Cidel) and TwinRiver Capital are pleased to announce our new partnership.
“Cidel is very excited to be a founding partner with TwinRiver, and to support the growth of this important new firm. We see the growing demand for impact products from our clients. We are confident that the TwinRiver team is uniquely positioned to deliver on the promise of impact investing for both individual investors and institutions,” said Henry Perren, President of Cidel.
TwinRiver is focused on serving a new generation of private, public and philanthropic investors looking to make a positive difference with their capital. The TwinRiver platform will provide those investors with opportunities to achieve tangible social and environmental impacts alongside financial returns – the “twin rivers” of a future financial system.
Cidel’s Ben Arrindell has been awarded the Commander of the British Empire (CBE).
He has received this award for his contributions to the international business services sector in Barbados. Ben, while also Deputy Chairman of Cidel Bank & Trust, is an ‘in-demand’ speaker on the international tax circuit. He is advisor and consult to many institutions; one being the United Nations Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters.
No one is more deserving of this award than Ben, who, over the last 30 years, has made significant contributions to the development of international business policy in Barbados.
Cidel was proud to sponsor the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) Annual Conference that took place June 15-17, 2021.
This annual conference is CAUBO’s flagship development event, with sessions focusing on trends and hot topics in higher education.
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Cidel Asset Management Inc. (Cidel) and Lorica Investment Counsel Inc. (Lorica) are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement under which Cidel will acquire 100% of Lorica.
Lorica brings to Cidel exceptional talent and a client base that comprises about $900 million in assets. The current President of Lorica, Gary Morris, will assume leadership of Cidel’s Fixed Income team. “I am excited to work with the portfolio management team at Cidel and look forward to providing clients with quality solutions and leveraging the additional resources that Cidel has to offer” says Gary.
Arthur Heinmaa, Cidel’s Chief Investment Officer explains that Cidel’s business has grown significantly in recent years and with changes in the market, fixed income investing faces the need for even more resources and talent. “Our clients continue to look for innovative solutions for income investing. Gary and his team are ideally positioned to complement and build on Cidel’s capabilities”
“The goal is first and foremost about building capabilities for clients and adding the best talent to our team. We look forward to welcoming Lorica and its clients to Cidel and are excited about the new opportunities that will result.” According to Cidel’s Chief Executive Officer, Craig Rimer.
The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is anticipated to close in June 2021.
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Our Q1 2021 Quarterly Report is out!
This report covers topics including Cidel’s performance summary, investment team research, a recording of our ESG strategy and more. Enjoy!
Our Q4 2020 Quarterly Report is out!
This report covers topics including Cidel’s performance summary, vaccines on investing, a recording of our investment conference and more. Enjoy!
We recently held the second event in our Not-For-Profit Series.
Our Christy DeCosimo and Catherine Jackman sat down virtually to speak with Hugh MacPhie, a highly experienced Not-For-Profit advisor.
The presentation focused on the art and science of strategic planning.
Our Barbados office partnered with Lions International for ‘Operation Christmas’ to supply household goods and food for 200 families.
They worked together to fill these hampers with food, toiletries and other essential household goods.
We were pleased to be a sponsor, and our Catherine Jackman a speaker, at the Canadian Investment Institute.
This event aimed to educate trustees in the pension sector.
Catherine co-presented on the ripple effects of low rates, insights from Japan’s “lost decade” and considerations for pension plans.
Our own Catherine Jackman and Christy DeCosimo spoke at the virtual Foundation, Endowment & Not For Profit Investment Summit on December 3, 2020.
This event highlighted the use of effective investment strategy to mitigate risks, achieve better portfolio performance and meet a not-for-profit organization’s stated mandate.
Our team gave an enlightening presentation on corporations, society and the shifting dynamics.
The holiday spirit begins at Cidel Bank & Trust Barbados with a donation of $25,000 along with 40 tablets to children in need.
The donation was made recently at the Salvation Army’s Reed Street headquarters. It is part of the Bank’s ongoing outreach efforts to assist schools and vulnerable groups within the surrounding area of its Collymore Rock location.
Some students either had no access to online classrooms or had to use their parents’ cellphones to access online classes – a situation that was not tenable.
Cidel is proud to say our donation will not only help with the current learning situation but also for further years of education in Barbados.
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Last week we hosted our Annual Investment Discussion.
Our event ended with a panel of Cidel experts who discussed the key factors, risks and the impact of the election as well as COVID-19.
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Our Q3 2020 Quarterly Report is out!
This report covers topics including Cidel’s performance summary, a podcast on ESG, award nomination outcomes and more. Enjoy!
Cidel continues to look for client centric solutions and the partnership with ERI and its OLYMPIC Banking System which started in 2016 has allowed Cidel to continue to be a major player in the UHNW space.
The implementation of the OLYMPIC Banking System achieved a number of positive outcomes:
- Cidel eliminated 3 existing systems resulting in a significant annual cost savings both in license costs and IT support.
- The system enabled client relationship managers to focus on building client relationships instead of building reports. This helped Cidel grow its AUM even during the initial stages of the implementation
- Reduced the amount of time spent on regulatory reporting required by OSFI, OSC, SEC, FACTCA, AML.
- Increased the accuracy and timeliness of performance reporting, including attribution analysis, to clients
- Allowed flexibility in reporting through the use of a data warehouse instead of using pre-programmed stock reports.
- Enabled the implementation of a new client facing website eliminating the need to use a third party vendor.
- Allowed STP trading and settlement at multiple custodians in multiple jurisdictions. Trading staff were able to focus on trading instead of trade settlement.
- Introduced enhanced security features to align user access with securities legislation requirements.
- Integrated the bank functions into the wealth management operations allowing clients to quickly access loan facilities
- Decreased the amount of time that auditors spent during Cidel’s annual audit.
Our committed partnership with ERI implementing our OLYMPIC Banking System has led to this huge success for both companies. The solution has already been chosen by more than 300 financial institutions and banks worldwide. ERI with more than 30 years of expertise, also won the Best Banking System category for 2019 at the Systems in the City Financial Technology Awards (London, United Kingdom), out of 10,000 votes from across the industry and a total of 121 nominated companies.
As an example of the efficiencies obtained from using the new system, Cidel Asset Management has processed, for a single client, over 77,000 individual trades and settled the trades with multiple custodians. This entire operation was done without a single error or a failed trade. The error free implementation & strong investment performance gave the client confidence to increase his allocation to us in the succeeding months.
Cidel Bank Canada has over 175 employees in its offices in Canada and abroad and oversees over $14 billion of client assets.
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During October, Cidel was joined by leaders in the Not-for-Profit (NFP) community for a virtual session on governance.
Our guest speaker, Don McCreesh, a Not-for-Profit (NFP) governance expert, was hosted by Cidel’s Christy DeCosimo and Catherine Jackman.
Many NFP organizations have faced increased stakeholder concern with governance policies and fundraising during the pandemic. Governance is more key than ever.
For Cidel it was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the great work that these organizations do across Canada and elsewhere. It is a privilege for us to be involved with those who work so hard to build stronger communities which is near and dear to our firm culture.
Cidel is proud to contribute to worthy causes and even more proud of our staff who use their own time to volunteer. Whether it is coaching hockey, serving meals at shelters or working on boards – we should all celebrate the great accomplishments and critical role NFPs play.
A big thank you to Don, to our attendees and to all the volunteers and staff at NFPs who are so dedicated to their missions.
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Our Q2 2020 Quarterly Report is out!
This report covers topics including Cidel’s performance summary, non-profit organizations, award nominations and more. Enjoy!
Our Barbados office sprang into action this month to help 250 vulnerable households.
Thousands of Barbadians have been impacted by widespread job loss due to COVID-19. Cidel Bank & Trust’s humanitarian project ballooned into a major partnership with the Lions Clubs of Barbados.
It was a matched donation and the substantial funds raised through the staff project was matched by Cidel Bank & Trust. This donation allowed for the purchase of essential food items, fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as personal care products for entire families. A special component of the initiative included the distribution of 12 electronic tablets for students in affected homes who required the devices to continue their education online.
Families were selected using the Lions Clubs’ registry of persons in need. Cidel employees were also asked to identify affected households whose main breadwinners had been laid-off during the national shutdown or worked in sectors that remain closed due to the halt in tourism and international travel. All of this was possible based on the help of Shonda Forde, a long-standing member of the Lions Club.
For Carol-Ann Smith, President of the Cidel Staff and Activities Committee, it was a satisfying moment as she joined other employees and Lions Club members preparing over 250 care packages. She added: “COVID-19 has shown us just how fortunate we are. We had great participation from all our staff and we are really pleased with the outcome.”
Ryle Weeks – President of Cidel Bank and Trust commented that“This is one of our biggest projects to date and we wanted, as a company to give back to our communities and demonstrate our commitment to this country. We are fortunate as a company because none of our employees have been impacted by jobs cuts. Our staff are still employed full-time and at full pay and we believe it was incumbent on us to share with others during this difficult time.”
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We are honoured to receive, for a third year, the Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Award.
Cidel is considered by 2020 sources to be a “big player in the private client space.” One commentator describes it as “one of the best available in Canada,” while another highlights that “they have some good people working there and they are a go-to for investment and trust services.”
In an interview one person had this to say:
“They are my favourite, they stand out absolutely,” an interviewee enthuses; “I love to refer clients there, they give the best personal service and they provide help to clients all the way through. They are so responsive and thoughtful. They truly stand out to me, they are a leader for banking and trusts.”
We feel very proud of our achievements and will continue to provide great services to our clients.
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We have been a proud sponsor of the YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards for the past 3 years and as an event that raises a substantial amount of funds for the organization, we were saddened to learn that, due to this difficult and unprecedented time, it had to be postponed. To help the organization meet the huge shortfall, Cidel, along with other event sponsors, moved forward with their sponsorships, as a 2020 donation to YWCA Toronto.
YWCA Toronto’s mission remains to provide safe and supportive spaces for the most vulnerable women and girls in Toronto. The programs that would have directly benefitted from the funds raised still need support, and the added threat of COVID-19 has increased the need.
Please consider joining Cidel in the support of YWCA Toronto and Click Here if you are able to do so.
We are pleased to announce that our team has been nominated for The SIACharts Inc. Award for Digital Innovator of the Year.
The awards process includes an industry-wide call for nominations, research, finalist submissions, and winner selection by a judging panel comprising independent experts in the wealth management and financial advice industries.
We are incredibly excited to be recognized among the top in our industry by the Wealth Professional Awards. This event has been running 6 years and is the leading independent awards event for the wealth management industry.
Our Q1 2020 Quarterly Report is out! This report covers topics including Cidel’s equity strategy, pension plans, non-profit organizations and more. Enjoy!
Cidel’s Q4 2019 Quarterly Report is out! This report covers topics including impeachment, Japanification, non-profit organizations and more.
The Founder’s Awards are given to members who have made ‘an exceptional and outstanding long term contribution to the Society above and beyond that normally expected of a member through office in his or her branch or elsewhere in the voluntary life of the Society’.
Congratulations Amanda Lashley for being a recipient of the 2019 STEP Founder’s Awards!
Speaking at the Canadian Investment Review’s 2019 Defined Benefit Investment Forum in Toronto on Dec. 6, Charles Lannon, head of equities atCidel Asset Management Inc., discussed whether Europe and the United States are destined for a similar fate as Japan.
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Over the past few weeks, Cidel has hosted several events where Charles Lannon, Cidel’s Head of Equity Research shared Lessons From Japan.
He addressed whether or not there are learnings for the rest of the world from Japan’s decades of slow growth and very low interest rates.
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Cidel Asset Management has been appointed to manage Canadian equities for a leading Canadian financial institution. We are excited to partner with ATB Wealth, the wealth management arm of ATB Financial, as sub advisor to their innovative investment platform.
ATB Financial is an Alberta-built financial institution that serves more than 750,000 Albertans from over 300 locations. Cidel looks forward to a successful partnership.
Our Q3 2019 Quarterly Report it out with highlights on ESG Ratings and Fixed Income Strategies.
Our Q2 2019 Quarterly Report is out and highlights Cidel Executor Services and Multi-Asset Class Strategies.
We are delighted to announce that Cidel Asset Management has been named a finalist for the award of Investment Team of the Year for the 2019/20 STEP Private Client Awards to be held in London U.K. on September 25th, 2019.
Cidel was invited to participate in the conference “Inbound Investing into Mexico – Implications of USMCA, Tariffs and Other Trade Barriers”.
Armando Ramos, Senior Wealth Consultant and Director was part of the panel that discussed the implications and opportunities of the USMCA Treaty. Armando talked about the investment opportunities that Canada offers to Mexican HNW individuals and families as well as the good environment for investing in Canadian private equity funds.
The event was organized by ACG Toronto. ACG is the premier association for driving middle-market growth in the Private Equity and M& A industry
Cidel is proud to celebrate its 20th anniversary this year!
We continue to forge ahead with an uncommon commitment to personalized service by approaching every challenge as an opportunity to make life simpler for our clients.
Cidel was pleased to host our annual women’s event over lunch last Thursday for clients and investment professionals at The Hazelton Hotel.
The panel discussion was on mental health and social media, with a focus on the effect of technology on children and adolescents. Our panel featured Dr. Ian Chen, Adolescent Medicine Specialist.
The Chair of STEP Worldwide, Simon Morgan congratulated Cidel Bank and Trust, Vice President Amanda Lashley, who has been elected as a committee member of Business Families Global SIG Steering Committee.
Amanda has been a STEP member since 2003 and is actively involved in the Barbados STEP Branch where she chaired from 2014-2017. She is also a member of the STEP Caribbean Steering Committee and Chaired the 2018 STEP Caribbean conference which was held in Barbados.
The Business Families SIG (Special Interest Group) provides a community for practitioners, who work with business families and a platform for education, training, continued professional development and the expansion of field networks and support. The group focusses on what makes business families distinct, their particular challenges, and how best to address these. The group aims to marshal expertise, promote best practice and champion the practice area.
This STEP worldwide appointment and is a big honour and validation of Amanda’s hard work and expertise.
It has been said the world can be united through music and sport. Squash certainly proves that true as one of the great international sports. Cidel has supported squash in Barbados through advertising, volunteer time and active participation over the past 12 years.
Pictured here is Paul Mcleod, Cidel’s CFO ready to play a match in the International Masters Squash tournament being held at the Barbados Squash club. The 13th year of the tournament has been its largest ever with players travelling from Canada, Untied States, England, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Scotland, Trinidad, Bermuda and BVI to play and enjoy Barbados. 135 players from 8 different countries.