(i) Benchmark securities serve as a general indicator of the level and directional movement of the overall debt market. In the Canadian fixed income market, benchmark (also known as bellwether) securities are the current 3-month, 6-month, and 1 Year Government of Canada Treasury Bills and 2-year, 3-year, 5-year, 10-year and 30-year Government of Canada Bonds. Benchmark Treasury Bills and Bonds are often used to determine the relative values of other fixed income securities.
(ii) CanDeal provides institutional market participants with an electronic marketplace for Canadian dollar debt securities that delivers optimal transparency, efficient trade execution and unique business intelligence data, while reducing operational risk. Institutional investors from around the globe leverage CanDeal to gain direct access to our dealer network, including all of Canada's Primary Dealers. CanDeal is the benchmark for Canadian fixed income pricing. Sourced directly from our dealer network, hundreds of thousands of price updates are received daily to produce a real-time “bid/ask” composite of the market. For more information or to inquire about further bond information, visit www.candeal.com.
Fund-level exposure to overall ESG Quality Score, Sustainable Impact,
ESG Leaders and Laggards, and SRI Screening Criteria Exposure
TORONTO, ON [9/21/2017] – Fundata today announced that MSCI ESG Fund Metrics will
be available on its platform, initially via
fund snapshots and later incorporated in data feeds. The metrics offer users transparency
on the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) quality and
characteristics of Canadian-domiciled mutual funds and ETFs.
Vanguard Aggregate Bond Index ETF (TSX: VAB) provides broad exposure to the Canadian bond market. It is designed to
track the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Canadian Float Adjusted Bond
Index, net of fees. The index is cap weighted and holds a mix of government
and investment-grade corporate bonds of Canadian issuers. The ETF received
a FundGrade A+® Award
for excellence in 2016.
One of the fastest-growing segments in the investment universe is active
exchange traded funds (ETFs). In Canada, the number of active ETFs has
grown from 82 in December 2014 to over 143 at the end of last year1. Over
the same two-year time frame, assets have more than doubled, reaching a
record $17 billion in 2016. Although that’s just a sliver of the overall
$1.3-trillion Canadians have invested in mutual funds, it’s big enough to
start turning heads.
Rising geopolitical risk continues to rattle markets despite a recent
period of remarkably low stock market volatility. At the same time,
interest rates are trending up, and the fall season tends to be one of the
worst for equities. So it is understandable that some investors might be
looking for low-risk alternatives for their equity and fixed-income
investments. Let’s take a look at some possibilities among Canadian-focused
ETFs that will be in the running for
Fundata FundGrade A+ Awards for 2017.