TORONTO (January 22, 2021) – CI Global Asset Management (“CI GAM”) announced today that it has received 35 FundGrade A+® Awards, which are presented annually by Fundata Canada Inc. to acknowledge Canadian investment funds that have maintained an exceptional performance rating over the entire previous calendar year.

Winning CI GAM funds included six mutual funds and pools, two exchange-traded funds, and 27 segregated funds managed by CI GAM.

“The FundGrade A+® awards represent an objective recognition of investment excellence and we’re proud to see our performance reflected in the results,” said Kurt MacAlpine, Chief Executive Officer of CI Financial Corp., parent company of CI GAM. “The awards speak to the quality and diversity of our product lineup as well as the investment capabilities of our portfolio management team. CI GAM has built a diverse product lineup that allows investors to access our investment expertise in the mandate and structure that best suits their needs and preferences.

“It’s notable that our winning mandates span asset classes, as well as product structures including mutual and segregated funds, pools and ETFs. Congratulations to our portfolio managers.”

CI’s winning mutual funds, pools and ETFs are:

Funds

Portfolio manager

Cambridge Bond Fund

Paul Marcogliese

Signature Floating Rate Income Fund

Geof Marshall, Darren Arrowsmith

Sentry U.S. Monthly Income Fund

Aubrey Hearn, James Dutkiewicz, Jack Hall

Sentry Global Investment Grade Private Pool Class

John Shaw, Leanne Ongaro

Sentry Defensive Income Portfolio

James Dutkiewicz

United US Equity Growth Pool

Mammen Chally, Wellington Management

CI First Asset Morningstar Canada Momentum Index ETF (TSX: WXM)

Lijon Geeverghese

CI First Asset Gold+ Giants Covered Call ETF (TSX: CGXF)

George Lagoudakis


The awards were announced today by Fundata Canada at a virtual awards presentation. For more information on the FundGrade A+® Awards, please visit the website.

About CI Global Asset Management

CI Global Asset Management is one of Canada’s largest investment management companies. It offers a wide range of investment products and services and is on the Web at www.ci.com. CI Global Asset Management is a subsidiary of CI Financial Corp. (TSX: CIX, NYSE: CIXX), an independent company offering global asset management and wealth management advisory services with approximately $231 billion in total assets as of December 31, 2020.

For further information:

Danielle Klassen
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
CI Global Asset Management
437.788.9554
[email protected]

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List of Winning funds 

Fund Name

CIFSC Category1

FundGrade Start date

Fund Count3

Cambridge Bond Fund

Canadian Fixed Income

1/31/2016

315

Signature Floating Rate Income Fund

Floating Rate Loan

1/31/2018

64

Sentry U.S. Monthly Income Fund

Global Equity Balanced

1/31/2014

751

Sentry Global Investment Grade Private Pool Class

Global Fixed Income

1/31/2017

278

Sentry Defensive Income Portfolio

Global Fixed Income Balanced

1/31/2018

436

United US Equity Growth Pool

U.S. Equity

1/31/2011

888

CI First Asset Morningstar Canada Moment Index ETF (TSX: WXM)

Canadian Equity

1/31/2013

418

CI First Asset Gold+ Giants Covered Call ETF (TSX: CGXF)

Natural Resources Equity

1/31/2012

86


1 Canadian Investment Funds Standards Committee (CIFSC).
2 As used by Fundata to calculate relevant time period. The end date for the FundGrade calculation is December 31, 2020.

3 Number of peers in Category.

FundGrade A+® is used with permission from Fundata Canada Inc., all rights reserved. The annual FundGrade A+® Awards are presented by Fundata Canada Inc. to recognize the “best of the best” among Canadian investment funds. The FundGrade A+® calculation is supplemental to the monthly FundGrade ratings and is calculated at the end of each calendar year. The FundGrade rating system evaluates funds based on their risk-adjusted performance, measured by Sharpe Ratio, Sortino Ratio, and Information Ratio. The score for each ratio is calculated individually, covering all time periods from 2 to 10 years. The scores are then weighted equally in calculating a monthly FundGrade. The top 10% of funds earn an A Grade; the next 20% of funds earn a B Grade; the next 40% of funds earn a C Grade; the next 20% of funds receive a D Grade; and the lowest 10% of funds receive an E Grade. To be eligible, a fund must have received a FundGrade rating every month in the previous year. The FundGrade A+® uses a GPA-style calculation, where each monthly FundGrade from “A” to “E” receives a score from 4 to 0, respectively. A fund’s average score for the year determines its GPA. Any fund with a GPA of 3.5 or greater is awarded a FundGrade A+® Award. For more information, see www.FundGradeAwards.com. Although Fundata makes every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the data contained herein, the accuracy is not guaranteed by Fundata.

Performance for Cambridge Bond Fund Class A for the period ended December 31, 2020 is as follows: 1 year, 8.53%; 3 years, N/A; and since inception, 8.26% (2018-11-16).

Performance for Sentry Defensive Income Portfolio Series A for the period ended December 31, 2020 is as follows: 1 year, 6.33%; 3 years, 4.87%; and since inception, 3.73% (2017-06-26).

Performance for Sentry Global Investment Grade Private Pool Class A for the period ended December 31, 2020 is as follows: 1 year, 11.12%; 3 years, 6.32%; and since inception, 4.83% (2016-07-04).

Performance for Sentry U.S. Monthly Income Fund Series A for the period ended December 31, 2020 is as follows: 1 year, 4.67%; 3 years, 7.56%; 5 year, 6.59%; and since inception, 10.30% (2013-03-04).

Performance for Signature Floating Rate Income Fund A for the period ended December 31, 2020 is as follows: 1 year, 1.50%; 3 years, 2.99%; and since inception, 2.65% (2017-06-01).

Performance for United US Equity Growth Pool Class A for the period ended December 31, 2020 is as follows: 1 year, 29.88%; 3 year, 19.82%; 5 year, 16.04%; 10 year, 16.36%; and since inception, 10.36% (2006-12-28). 

Performance for CI First Asset Morningstar Canada Moment Index ETF for the period ended December 31, 2020 is as follows: 1 year, 4.57%; 3 years, 9.36%; 5 year, 9.47%; and since inception, 10.02% (2012-02-15).

Performance for CI First Asset Gold+ Giants Covered Call ETF for the period ended December 31, 2020 is as follows: 1 year, 15.07%; 3 years, 4.05%; 5 years, 9.66%; and since inception, -1.38% (2011-06-03). 

Source: Morningstar Research Inc., as at December 31, 2020.