Mackenzie Multi-Asset Strategies Team

A true multi-asset, total portfolio management approach incorporating some of the best practices from leading institutional pension funds.

Nelson Arruda

Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Team Co-Lead

Philosophy and process

The Mackenzie Multi-Asset Strategies Team believes in the importance of delivering attractive returns without taking undue risk. Their expertise, technology and approach are similar to those found in leading, world-class pension plans. This means that risk management is present at every step of a highly disciplined investment process that fights for every basis point. To help attain repeatable results, the Team utilizes a systematic decision-making process, based on years of accumulated research and driven by sound investment insights and strong economic foundations. This assists with the identification of attractive investment opportunities and better diversification of exposures in terms of factors, assets, geographies and strategies.

Portfolio Managers

Nelson Arruda, MFin., MSc., CFA

Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Team Co-Lead
Mackenzie Multi-Asset Strategies Team

Investment experience since 2009

Nelson Arruda, Senior Vice-President, is a Portfolio Manager and Co-Lead of the Mackenzie Multi-Asset Strategies Team.

Nelson has experience in investment research and portfolio management of multi-asset strategies, including equities, foreign exchange, sovereign debt and commodities. Prior to joining Mackenzie in 2017, Nelson spent seven years at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board where he performed various roles, including head portfolio manager of the active commodities portfolio, covering energy, agriculture and metals.

Nelson has Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in computer science from the University of Toronto and also graduated from the Rotman School of Business with a Master of Finance. He is a CFA charterholder.

Todd Mattina, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President, Chief Economist , Portfolio Manager, Team Co-Lead
Mackenzie Multi-Asset Strategies Team

Investment experience since 2001

Todd Mattina, Senior Vice-President, is Co-Lead of the Mackenzie Multi-Asset Strategies Team and Chief Economist at Mackenzie Investments. 

Todd supports multi-asset and currency solutions by building proprietary investment models and assessing the investment implications of expected macroeconomic conditions. After serving as Mackenzie’s Chief Strategist and Economist from 2014 to 2018, Todd joined the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario, where he served as VP, Portfolio Construction, Chief Strategist and Chief Economist, leading the teams responsible for asset allocation and economic analysis. Todd also worked at the International Monetary Fund, where he focused on macro-fiscal policy, and at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, where he was a Portfolio Manager (emerging market currencies). Todd currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Investment Committee and Pension Committee of Queen’s University.

Todd holds a PhD in Economics (International Macroeconomics & Finance) from Queen’s University and an MA in Economics from the University of British Columbia.

Andrea Hallett, CFA

Vice President, Portfolio Manager
Mackenzie Multi-Asset Strategies Team

Investment experience since 1998

Andrea Hallett, Vice President, Investment Management, is a Portfolio Manager on the Mackenzie Multi-Asset Strategies Team and is co-manager for Mackenzie Investments' multi-managed funds and strategic asset allocation programs.

Andrea’s career in the investment industry began in 1998. She has been with Mackenzie Investments since 2002. Prior to joining Mackenzie Investments, Andrea held several roles with increasing responsibilities within the investment department at a large Canadian mutual fund company. At that company, her responsibilities included overseeing external portfolio managers, as well as managing a strategic asset allocation program.

Andrea has an honours degree in Commerce from McMaster University. She is also a CFA charterholder.

Paul Taylor, MBA, CFA

Vice President, Portfolio Manager
Mackenzie Multi-Asset Strategies Team

Investment experience since 1985

Paul Taylor, Vice President, Investment Management, joined the Mackenzie Multi-Asset Strategies Team in October 2019 and is a Portfolio Manager and a member of Mackenzie’s Global Investment Committee.

Paul has significant investment experience in the areas of multi-asset allocation, Canadian equity management, and manager evaluation, selection and oversight. Prior to joining Mackenzie, he worked for 14 years at a major Canadian bank as Chief Investment Officer, where his responsibilities included making tactical asset allocation decisions across institutional, high net worth and retail lines of businesses and leading large teams of investment professionals, which included equity, bond and asset allocation managers. 

Paul earned an MBA at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and holds a BA (Economics) from the University of Western Ontario. He is also a CFA charterholder.

Matthew Cardillo, CFA

Vice President, Portfolio Manager
Mackenzie Multi-Asset Strategies Team

Investment experience since 2000

Matthew Cardillo, Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Investment Management is part of the Investment Team at Mackenzie Investments. Matthew manages investment products for the Mackenzie Multi-Asset Strategies Team, conducts investment research, and oversees equity risk management.

Matthew joined Mackenzie Investments in 2012. From 2006 to 2012, Matthew was a Senior Portfolio Manager at State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), where he managed 2.5 billion USD in long-only and short-extension (130/30) strategies in the U.S., Canadian, and global markets. In addition to managing institutional client portfolios, Matthew also developed new investment products for SSgA. Prior to SSgA, from 2000 to 2005, Matthew worked as an Associate Economist for the Federal Reserve System of the United States, analyzing issues affecting the U.S. macroeconomy and conducting monetary-policy research.

Matthew holds a M.Sc. in Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a dual bachelor’s, in economics and mathematics, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is also a CFA charterholder.

Lawrence (Larry) Llaguno, MBA, MSc, CFA, CAIA

Assistant Vice President, Portfolio Manager
Mackenzie Multi-Asset Strategies Team

Investment experience since 2008

Larry Llaguno, Assistant Vice President, is a Portfolio Manager on the Mackenzie Multi-Asset Strategies Team. Larry manages investment products for the Multi-Asset Strategies team, conducts investment research, and oversees equity risk management.

Larry joined Mackenzie Investments in 2017. From 2011 to 2017, he was an Associate Portfolio Manager/Senior Associate of Global Tactical Asset Allocation team in CPP Investment Board. From 2010 to 2011, Larry was an Investment Analyst in Strategy and Economics in Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Prior to that, Larry spent two years as an Associate in the Risk Management Development Program at one of the major Canadian banks.

Larry holds BSc (Hons) in Economic, Mathematics & Computer Science and MSc in Statistics from the University of Toronto; MA in Economics from Dalhousie University; MBA and Graduate Diploma in Financial Engineering from the Schulich School of Business at York University. He is also a CFA and CAIA charterholder.

Michael Kapler, MMF, CFA

Portfolio Manager
Mackenzie Multi-Asset Strategies Team

Investment experience since 1998

Michael Kapler is a Portfolio Manager on the Mackenzie Multi-Asset Strategies Team. He manages factor-based equity pools for the Multi-Asset Strategies Team.

Michael joined Mackenzie in 2016. Previously, he spent 10 years involved in quant equity portfolio construction at various hedge funds and financial institutions. His investment experience includes equity factor investing, alternative strategies, asset allocation and risk management.

Michael has a Bachelor of Science (Economics and Computer Science) degree and a Master's of Mathematical Finance from the University of Toronto. He is also a CFA charterholder.

Awards and rankings

Winner of the 2020 Fundata FundGrade A+ Awards® for consistent and outstanding risk-adjusted performance in their respective categories

Insights

Commentary

Why financial markets shouldn’t fear inflation

The global pandemic put a damper on economic activity through 2020. With mass vaccinations progressing slowly but surely, economies around the world are expected to rebound strongly in 2021. What does this mean for inflation? Mackenzie’s Economists Todd Mattina and Jules Boudreau share their analysis.

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Commentary

2021 Global Market Outlook

With interest rates at (or near) all-time lows and high economic uncertainty, 2021 could be extremely challenging for investors. More than ever, taking a long-term approach and being well diversified is key, say Mackenzie’s Chief Economist Todd Mattina and Economist Jules Boudreau.

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Commentary

Update from the Symmetry Desk: 2020 US Presidential Election

We, on the Mackenzie Multi-Asset Strategies Team, thought that it would be useful to send a quick note to Symmetry Advisors and investors on the Team’s thoughts on the outcome of the US Presidential election.

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Insights

Correlation vs Beta: What is the difference and why does it matter?

Will it really add something new? Or will it just provide more of the same? To answer that question, many people start with the correlation coefficient.

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Insights

A sophisticated approach to boosting return potential without compromise - Portable alpha

Today, most multi-asset portfolios are composed of passive index-tracking strategies and active alpha-seeking strategies across a variety of major asset classes.

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The use of the term or phrase "pension style investing" ("phrase") should not be misconstrued as a claim of compliance with the Pension Benefits Standards Act of Canada. The phrase used in respect of Mackenzie Investments' Symmetry Portfolios refers to its selective use of pools. Pools are simply separate accounts, or mandates, in which portfolio managers are provided with guidelines that complement other mandates within a larger long-term portfolio. In the case of Symmetry Portfolios, Mackenzie Multi-Asset Strategies Team ask portfolio managers to invest within specific guidelines exclusively for Symmetry Portfolios. Examples of Symmetry Portfolio guidelines may be: no cash held in a portfolio; Canadian equity securities only; utilize a consistent value bias and a threshold on market cap.

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  • Mackenzie Canadian Growth Balanced Fund Series A was recognized for outstanding fund performance at the 2020 Fundata FundGrade A+ Awards in the Canadian Equity Balanced category out of a total of 284 funds. Performance for the fund for the period ended December 31, 2020 is as follows: 9.9% (1 year), 7.8% (3 years), 8.0% (5 years), 8.2 % (10 years) and 7.0% (since inception- November, 1996).

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