About Us

Marret Asset Management Inc. focuses on fixed-income investing and alternative strategies on behalf of institutional, high net worth and retail clients. The firm is led by Chief Investment Officer Barry Allan. Marret Asset Management Inc. is a partly owned subsidiary of CI Financial Corp. and an affiliate of CI Investments Inc.

We will be acknowledged as the firm whose professional investment activities are highly disciplined and focused on our core credit analysis.

Our Funds

Marret invests in high yield, and investment grade corporate and government debt assets.

Our Team

Marret was founded in Toronto by Barry Allan and began operations in 2001.

Barry Allan, MBA

President, Chief Investment Officer

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Paul Sandhu

Vice-President and Portfolio Manager

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Adrian Prenc, CFA

Advising Representative

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Adam Tuer, PhD, CFA

Advising Representative

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Charles LeBlanc, CFA

Advising Representative

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Roberto Katigbak, CFA

Institutional Strategist & Head of Sales and Marketing

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Our Philosophy

Marret’s investment philosophy is a blend of top-down and bottom-up strategies. Marret begins with a macro forecast and selection of industry overweights and underweights, then moves into company and individual security selection.

Bottom-up strategy

After identifying attractive sectors, this strategy is utilized to identify securities within these industry groups and isolate positive opportunities. The company fundamentals are reviewed to assess their ability to generate cash to meet interest and principal obligations. These fundaments include:

  • Industry position
  • Operating leverage
  • Management strength/experience
  • Historical earnings and future projections (via stress test)
  • Company’s liquidity profile
  • Company ratios and accounting practices, and
  • Stock price as a leading indicator of changing credit fundamentals.

The goal of the process is to identify securities whose trading levels are inconsistent with the team’s analysis of potential return and underlying risk.

Key elements of the portfolio structure

  • Diversify industry exposure
  • Limit exposure
  • Invest across a broad spectrum of maturities
  • Identify special situations that reduce risk yet offer acceptable returns
  • Avoid interest rate speculation
  • Select issues with a good call protection and security backing
  • Minimize default risk through ongoing analysis based on industry and company fundamentals
  • Assess each security’s liquidity characteristics and diversify between levels.

Our Insights

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CI Investment Grade Bond Fund

First Quarter 2019

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Marret Short Duration High Yield Fund and Marret High Yield Bond Fund

First Quarter 2019

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CI Global Enhanced Government Bond Private Pool

First Quarter 2019

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CI Global Investment Grade Credit Private Pool

First Quarter 2019

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Marret Short Duration High Yield Fund

Fourth Quarter 2018

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CI Investment Grade Bond Fund

Fourth Quarter 2018

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