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Institutional Services

Global Solutions For Institutional Investors

 

A wide range of institutional investors have relied on Jarislowsky Fraser for nearly 50 years to protect and grow their assets. Our capabilities include Canadian and global strategies to serve the diverse needs of institutional investors in Canada and worldwide.

Jarislowsky Fraser manages the assets of more than 500 accounts of pension funds, foundations and endowments, corporations, universities, unions and governments — representing a total of $27 billion in institutional assets under management. This demonstrates the depth of our experience in counseling institutional clients and in understanding the complexities of their financial obligations and requirements, including legal requirements, challenging performance obligations, risk management and governance.  

We offer two types of investment management to institutional investors:

  • Segregated management is available to clients with mandates of more than $25 million. Certain clients with smaller portfolios can also qualify for segregated management if their investment policy has certain restrictions that renders investments in the Jarislowsky Fraser pooled funds unsuitable.

  • Pooled fund management is also offered when the client’s policy and profile are well suited to the pooled fund.

 

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Investment Strategies

  • BALANCED
  • CANADIAN EQUITIES
  • U.S. EQUITIES
  • INTERNATIONAL EQUITIES
  • GLOBAL EQUITIES
  • FIXED INCOME

Balanced Strategy: A "Diversified, Long-Term" Perspective

 

Diversified balanced portfolios are invested in fixed income securities and North American and international equities. Asset allocation is reviewed weekly by the Investment Strategy Committee.

Our process includes discussions on domestic and international macroeconomic factors, relative valuations between fixed income and equities, as well as our expectations regarding fluctuations in interest rates, foreign exchange and corporate profits. The asset mix is a fallout of our bottom-up security selection approach, based on our view of the best risk/return opportunities.

The objective of balanced mandates is to add value through long-term asset allocation rather than short-term arbitrage. The portfolio’s volatility is kept to a minimum by implementing only incremental asset mix changes.

 

Solutions offered

  • Pooled Fund Management
  • Segregated management
    • Balanced mandates including foreign equities
    • Domestic Balanced mandates

Canadian Equity Strategy: A "High-Quality Canadian Leaders" Perspective

 

Our Canadian equity management focuses on large caps, blue chip stocks in non-cyclical industries with strong dividends and steady growth. We tend to de-emphasize cyclical industries and diversify assets across different industries to reduce the concentration in sectors exposed to commodity prices.

Canadian equities are prudently divided into three risk categories:

Group 1 - More than half of the portfolio's assets include large capitalization, “blue-chip” leaders in non-cyclical industries.

Group 2 - Less than one-third of the portfolio includes cyclical leaders with international operations to limit geographical risk. These companies are purchased when we identify strong return opportunities.

Group 3 - Less than 15% of assets consists of higher risk companies which make up junior “growth” or special “value” situations.

The names we own tend to have steady growth, high returns on invested capital, a dominant position in their market and region and reduced balance sheet risk.

 

Solutions offered

  • Pooled Fund Management
    • Jarislowsky Fraser Canadian Equity Fund - Quarterly Report (pdf)
    • Jarislowsky Fraser Dividend Growth Fund - Quarterly Report (pdf)
    • Jarislowsky Fraser Small/Mid Cap Equity Fund
    • Jarislowsky Fraser Fossil Fuel Free Canadian Equity Fund
  • Segregated management

U.S. Equity Strategy: A “Multinational Growth” Perspective

 

The U.S. equity portfolio is comprised primarily of large multinational companies that demonstrate global leadership in their industry which helps increase liquidity and reduce currency risk. These companies generally have steady growth rates, high returns on invested capital, dominant world market positions and strong balance sheets, reducing their financial risk.

As bottom-up investors, we make decisions based on fundamental research. We are long-term investors, requiring a clear and understandable business strategy and a proven record of its successful execution by the company’s management. Companies in which we invest should also have strong and ethical management with good governance. Being disciplined and risk-aware, we also require a reasonable valuation relative to current and historical growth rates, the industry’s growth rate and that of a peer group.

 

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International Equity Strategy: A “Global Leader” Focus

 

The international equity portfolio is comprised primarily of large multinational companies that demonstrate global leadership in their industry and have at least US$1 billion in market capitalization. These companies generally have steady growth rates, high returns on invested capital, dominant world market positions and strong balance sheets, reducing their financial risk.

Our approach targets companies that benefit from the above-average growth of foreign economies. Therefore, the emphasis is on non-cyclical companies in countries that offer a significant export advantage.

Companies must fulfill the following four tenets in order to be considered:

  • The industry in which the company participates should be growing faster than global GDP.

  • Leveraging of existing businesses to grow at least 10% per annum with products or services that allow the investment team to forecast earnings at least 3 to 5 years out. There must be high barriers to entry to competitors over that same timeframe.

  • A business strategy that is clear and understandable, and management must have a proven record of its successful execution.

  • Reasonable valuation levels relative to the company’s current and historical growth rates, its industry’s growth rate and that of a peer group.

 

Solutions offered

  • Pooled Fund Management
    • Jarislowsky Fraser International Pooled Fund - Quarterly Report (pdf)
    • Jarislowsky Fraser International Equity (All Countries ex U.S.) Fund
  • Segregated management
    • International Equity (EAFE benchmark)
    • International Equity (ADR only)

Global Equity Strategy: A “High-Quality, Growth” Perspective

 

Global equity management focuses primarily on large U.S. and multinational companies that demonstrate global leadership in their sector. These companies typically have steady growth rates, high returns on invested capital, dominant positions in world markets or their region and strong balance sheets to reduce financial risk.

Our approach targets U.S. and international companies that benefit from exposure to economies growing at a rate higher than global GDP and permit participation in core industries. The emphasis is on non-cyclical companies with a competitive advantage in their industry.

Companies must fulfill at the following four tenets in order to be considered:

  • The industry in which the company participates should be growing faster than global GDP.

  • Leveraging of existing businesses to grow at least 10% per annum with products or services that allow the investment team to forecast earnings at least 3 to 5 years out. There must be high barriers to entry to competitors over that same timeframe.

  • A business strategy that is clear and understandable, and management must have a proven record of its successful execution.

  • Reasonable valuation levels relative to the company’s current and historical growth rates, its industry’s growth rate, and that of a peer group.

 

Solutions offered

  • Jarislowsky Fraser Global Equity Fund - Quarterly Report (pdf)
  • Jarislowsky Fraser Global Equity (All Countries) Fund
  • Jarislowsky Fraser Emerging Markets Equity Fund
  • Jarislowsky Fraser Fossil Fuel Free Global Equity Fund

Bond Strategy:  A Prudent Approach To Yield Optimization

 

Our Bond portfolios are well diversified and composed of high-quality securities that have been thoroughly analyzed by our in-house research team. Bond management is based on three principles:

  1. Capital preservation

  2. Yield optimization

  3. Conservative duration management

Portfolio yield is optimized by a high concentration of non-cyclical corporate bonds. Factors such as economic growth, inflation, fiscal performance and yield curve forecasts are examined. We take a global economic approach to determine the duration of the portfolio.

The inherent risk from interest rate volatility is minimized by trading within a defined, conservative duration range.

 

Solutions offered

  • Pooled Fund Management
  • Segregated management
    • Universe
    • Long, Medium or Short Term
    • Corporate Bonds
  • Liability-driven segregated management (LDI)
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Performance Review

Pooled Fund Investment Performance

Annualized Returns as of May 31, 2017 (annual compound)

  NAV Distr. 1 mth. 3 mths 1 YR 2 YRS 3 YRS 4 YRS 5 YRS 6 YRS 7 YRS 8 YRS 9 YRS 10 YRS
      (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%)
Jarislowsky Fraser Balanced Fund

15.5004

0.000000 -0.27 3.74 10.58 8.74 10.46 11.76 11.76 9.71 10.18 10.03 7.48 6.75
Jarislowsky Fraser Bond Fund 10.6728

0.000000

0.74 2.53 3.85 3.29 4.35 4.06 4.09 4.97 5.28 5.53 5.59 5.57
Jarislowsky Fraser Canadian Equity Fund 32.3982

0.000000

-2.93 0.25 9.06 7.30 7.27 10.18 12.34 8.14 9.14 9.44 5.78 5.80
Jarislowsky Fraser U.S. Equity Fund 13.5277

0.000000

-1.22 2.38 15.99 11.73 16.96 19.83 21.31 18.43 17.76 17.48 12.43 9.64
Jarislowsky Fraser International Pooled Fund 33.306229

0.000000

3.95 14.70 23.42 8.49 10.40 13019 16.56 12.09 13.98 13.00 7.42 5.61
Jarislowsky Fraser Global Balanced Fund 13.8684

0.000000

0.14 4.22 11.05 6.92 9.07 10.80 12.02 10.09 10.55 10.34 7.69 6.82
Jarislowsky Fraser Global Equity Fund 16.0192

0.000000

0.46 7.22 19.81 10.48 13.81 16.54 19.11 15.21 15.88 15.06 9.87 7.58

 

Annual Returns as of May 31, 2017

  2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
  (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%) (%)
Jarislowsky Fraser Balanced Fund

10.58

3.42 12.43 15.80 17.10 0.01 13.01 9.01 -10.91 0.38
Jarislowsky Fraser Bond Fund 3.85 2.74 6.51 3.19 4.21 9.46 7.18 7.29 6.07

5.44

Jarislowsky Fraser Canadian Equity Fund 9.06 5.58 7.21 19.37 21.45 -10.64 15.36 11.54 -19.45

5.99

Jarislowsky Fraser U.S. Equity Fund 15.99 7.63 28.15 28.89 27.41 5.01 13.80 15.59 -20.88

-12.59

Jarislowsky Fraser International Pooled Fund 23.42 -4.63

14.30

22.02 31.04 -7.79 26.01 6.32 -28.33

-9.43

Jarislowsky Fraser Global Balanced Fund 11.05 2.95 13.49 16.15 17.05 0.92 13.33 8.92 -11.32

-0.74

Jarislowsky Fraser Global Equity Fund 19.81 1.88 20.76 25.15 29.95 -2.45 19.99 9.46 -24.05

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Note: Performance results are provided for the benefit of existing Jarislowsky Fraser Pooled Funds clients only.

Rates of return have been calculated using the NAV Values and are presented gross of fees. JF Pooled Funds are only available to Canadian investors. Past performance is not indicative of future performance. Future returns are not guaranteed and will fluctuate with the market. Upon redemptions your pooled fund units may be worth more or less than their original cost. Performance results of our pooled funds are provided for informational purposes only.