Alternative Investing Strategies

In a recent study, advisors expect to allocate approximately 9% of their portfolios to alternative strategies.* Use this calculator to see how adding an alternative strategy to a typical balanced portfolio (60% equities, 40% fixed income and cash) has the potential to change the overall return profile and lower volatility.


      *Source: AIMA & Scotiabank - Handbook to Launching Alternative Mutual Funds in Canada, December 2018.

For illustrative purposes only; the hypothetical initial portfolio presented and hypothetical performance are not indicative of actual or future results. One cannot invest directly in an index.

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The hypothetical initial portfolio is based on the following asset class allocations, each represented by historical index performance or yield for the Period: 0% Hedge Allocation, 5% cash (3-month Government of Canada Treasury Bill yield), 25% Canadian bonds (Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate Canada Bond Index), 10% Global Bonds (Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate Global Bond Index), 30% Canadian equities (S&P/TSX Composite Index TR (CAD)). 20% US Equities (S&P 500 Index) and 10% global equities (MSCI World ex-Canada Index (Gross Total Return Index (CAD)).

The Alternative Allocation adds an allocation to equity hedge funds to the Initial Portfolio. The equity hedge fund allocation is based Dow Jones U.S. Thematic Market Neutral Anti-Beta (CAD-Hedged) Index (CAD). The allocations to cash, bonds, Canadian equities, and global equities in the Hedge Allocation are adjusted on a proportional basis relative to increases and decreases to the hedge fund allocation. All hypothetical returns are annualized since inception.

Hypothetical Performance:

The information presented from the Portfolio Allocation Tool are hypothetical in nature and presented for information purposes only.  The tool demonstrates hypothetical performance results from increasing the weight of a hedge allocation relative to proportions of fixed income (Canadian bond, global bond), equity (Canadian equity, US equity, global equity), and cash.  AGF Investments Inc. (“AGF”) does not guarantee the tool to be correct, complete or accurate.  Actual performance results may vary significantly and the information presented should not be considered as investment advice nor as an offer to engage in any security transactions.  We strongly recommend consulting with a professional advisor prior to making investment decisions.

Hypothetical performance information carries inherit risks and limitations and should not be considered as an indication or guarantee of future performance.  Hypothetical performance does not consider the impact of financial and event risks and which cannot be captured in a simulated portfolio allocation.  As there are no transactions involved in the portfolio allocation tool, certain risks related to the market and the liquidity of securities cannot be captured that will impact actual performance.  There may be other risks involved that are not mentioned here which could cause the hypothetical performance to be overstated.  Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with investing in an actual investment portfolio and has not been reflected in the portfolio allocation tool.  Actual performance results may differ significantly from the results demonstrated in the portfolio allocation tool.

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