Canadian Investment Grade Corporate Fixed Income

The strategy offers dynamic and diversified exposure to high-quality, attractively valued corporate bonds, while seeking enhanced total return opportunities through an active approach to credit, sector and security selection, and yield curve management.

 

Philosophy

The team believes that there are pockets of value in the Canadian corporate bond market that thorough credit analysis can help identify and harness in the pursuit of long-term returns, while also helping to mitigate downside risk. Within this framework, the team seeks to take a creative approach to uncovering investment ideas, with the goal of offering clients a portfolio reflective of some of the most current thinking in the industry.

 

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Managed by

Altaf Nanji, CFA

Head of Credit Research (Canada), Portfolio Manager

Altaf is head of Canadian credit research and a fixed-income portfolio manager for Manulife Investment Management, where he’s responsible for managing client portfolios and guiding the firm’s Canadian investment-grade credit research. He also represents the firm as the only Canadian member on the fixed-income advisory committee of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment. Prior to joining the firm in 2014, he was head of Canadian credit research at RBC Capital Markets and, prior to that, was a senior financial analyst for DBRS and a financial analyst and manager with the Canadian government’s Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. Altaf holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

  • Education: B.A., Economics and History, University of Toronto; M.B.A., York University
  • Joined the company: 2014
  • Began career: 1998
Altaf Nanji, CFA

Roshan Thiru, CFA

Head of Canadian Fixed Income

Roshan leads the Canadian fixed income team at Manulife Investment Management and is responsible for the Toronto- and Montreal-based fixed income and money market teams. Previously, he was a senior portfolio manager and senior fixed-income analyst. Prior to joining the company, he was a lead analyst with DBRS, covering the energy, project finance, and utilities sectors. Before that, he worked as an institutional credit risk manager at RBC Financial and as an analyst at Foyston, Gordon & Payne. Roshan holds the Certified Financial Analyst designation.

  • Education: B.A. in Economics, McMaster University; diploma in accounting, Wilfrid Laurier University; M.B.A., University of Windsor
  • Joined the company: 2008
  • Began career: 2000 
Roshan Thiru, CFA

Saad Qazi, CFA

Senior Investment Analyst, Canadian Fixed Income

Saad is a senior investment analyst at Manulife Investment Management, where he contributes to the Canadian fixed-income team’s macroeconomic views and is responsible for coverage of provincial and municipal credits. Prior to assuming his current role in 2016, he was responsible for credit research and recommendations for several of the team’s investment-grade fixed-income mandates. Prior to joining the firm in 2014, he worked at RDA Capital as a quantitative analyst, developing and optimizing trading strategies. Saad holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

  • Education: B.A., Economics and Finance, McGill University; M.B.A., York University
  • Joined the company: 2014
  • Began career: 2013
Saad Qazi, CFA

Vehicles

At Manulife Investment Management, we offer investment strategies through a variety of vehicles to suit a broad range of client needs. Contact our institutional sales or consultant relations team to find out if this strategy/vehicle is offered in your region. 

  • Separate accounts

    Our separate accounts and separately managed accounts (SMAs) are designed for institutions and high-net-worth clients seeking tailored investment solutions and direct ownership of securities. 

  • CITs

    Our professionally managed collective investment trusts (CITs) are available in certain qualified retirement plans.

  • Mutual funds

    Mutual funds are liquid, professionally managed portfolios which are available to both institutional and retail investors.


Key facts

  • Inception date

    April 2000

  • Strategy AUM (CAD)

    $2.93 billion

  • Benchmark

    FTSE Canada All Corporate Bond Index

  • Style

    Credit

  • Average portfolio manager experience

    16 years

Important disclosures

All information shown is as of September 30, 2020, unless otherwise indicated. Strategy-level information may differ from vehicle-specific information. Not all vehicles are available in all locations and may be offered through affiliates of Manulife Investment Management.


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