Commentary – Symmetry Fixed Income Portfolio Series J MFC2807 | Mackenzie Investments

Symmetry Fixed Income Portfolio Series J

Asset Class: Managed Assets

Fund Commentary

Q1 2019 Commentary

Equity markets rebounded significantly in Q1 after a tumultuous end to 2018. The MSCI ACWI Index returned 12.4% in local currency terms, the biggest quarterly gain since the rebound from the financial crisis in 2009.

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Q4 2018 Commentary

After a long run of calm and generally up-trending equity markets, 2018 proved to be considerably more volatile, with three violent, successive selloffs in February, October, and December.

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Q3 2018 Commentary

‘The U.S. vs. the World’ was one of the key themes that emerged in Q3. Equities continued to outperform bonds over the quarter, with the MSCI ACWI returning 4.7% in local currencies and 2.5% in CAD terms. This compares favorably to -0.2% on the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index hedged to CAD and -1.1% on the equivalent Canadian bond index.

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Q2 2018 Commentary

The theme of higher volatility, which began in the first quarter, continued through the second. Equities outperformed bonds over the quarter, but it was not smooth sailing as markets reacted, sometimes forcefully, to signs of a slowdown in global growth or to political events.

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Fund Commentary

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Portfolio Managers

Nelson Arruda, CFA

Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Mackenzie Multi-Asset Strategies Team

Investment experience since 2009

Andrea Hallett, CFA

Vice President, Portfolio Manager

Mackenzie Multi-Asset Strategies Team

Investment experience since 1998

Note: USD option is capped to new purchases.

In early January 2017 Symmetry purchased a small allocation to Mackenzie Maximum Diversification All-World Ex-North America ETF.  In addition to being attracted to the TOBAM investment philosophy, the investment results in an improvement to the overall portfolio characteristics of the Symmetry portfolios.

The Series E, I, J and LM versions of this fund are closed to new investments.

Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees, brokerage fees and expenses may be associated with investment funds. Please read the prospectus before investing. The indicated rates of return are the historical annual compounded total returns including changes in unit value and reinvestment of all distributions and does not take into account sales, redemption, distribution, or optional charges or income taxes payable by any security holder that would have reduced returns. Investment funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.

For changes in the business, operations or affairs of an investment fund, and reorganization or acquisition of assets in an investment fund during the most recent 10 years that could have materially affected the performance of the investment fund, please refer to the "Major Changes During the Last 10 Years” section in the most recent Annual Information Form.

Mutual Fund US Dollar Settlement Option details.

Index performance does not include the impact of fees, commissions, and expenses that would be payable by investors in the investment products that seek to track an index.

The rate of return is used only to illustrate the effects of the compound growth rate and is not intended to reflect future values of the investment fund or asset allocation service or returns on investment in the investment fund or from the use of the asset allocation service.

* The blended index is composed of 90% FTSE Canada Universe Bond and 10% BofA Merrill Lynch Global Broad Market (Hedged to CAD).