Pender Select Ideas Fund

The Pender Select Ideas Fund is an alternative, aggressive, high conviction portfolio of undervalued securities. The Fund has no market cap, geographic or security restrictions. It will utilize simple derivatives and conservative short selling strategies in situations where the manager identifies particular market exposures and wants to isolate stock performance. A deep fundamental analysis of the underlying businesses combined with a focus on long term capital appreciation are the cornerstones of the Funds approach. While our other funds utilise cash to manage downside, the Pender Select Ideas Fund also uses simple derivative strategies and shorting to manage downside risk.

  • David BarrPortfolio Manager

    • David Barr

      Mr. Barr is the President and CEO of Pender. He is also the Portfolio Manager of several of Pender’s funds.

      In November 2015, the Pender Small Cap Opportunities Fund, managed by Mr. Barr, won a Lipper Fund Award 2015 for Best Canadian Small/Mid Cap Equity Fund over both three and five year performance periods. In November 2016, the Fund once again won a Lipper Award, for Best Canadian Focused Small/Mid Cap Equity Fund over both three and five year periods. The Lipper awards recognize consistent strong risk-adjusted performance relative to their peers.

      Mr. Barr has over 15 years of investment experience. He initially worked in private equity which gives him a unique background to investing capital. At the end of 2007 he became a partner at PenderFund Capital Management Ltd and was appointed Chief Investment Officer with the objective of launching Pender’s mutual fund business. In April 2016 Mr. Barr was appointed President and CEO of Pender upon the retirement of Kelly Edmison.

      Mr. Barr is Portfolio Manager of the Pender Small Cap Opportunities Fund, launched in June 2009 (now closed), the Pender Value Fund, launched in July 2013 and the Pender Select Ideas Fund, launched in September 2014.

      Mr. Barr holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2003 and is an active member of the Vancouver chapter. He is a past President of CFA Vancouver, having also served on its Board of Directors for four years. Mr. Barr is a regular guest on BNN’s Business Day program and has been interviewed for his opinions on small cap, the technology sector and value investing by the Financial Post, The Globe & Mail and other media. In December 2012 Mr. Barr was recognized as one of British Columbia’s “Top Forty Under 40” business leaders by Business in Vancouver. The Pender Small Cap Opportunities Fund has received Fundata’s FundGrade® A+ Award in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

      Value Investing

      Mr. Barr is an advocate of value investing, a strategy to estimate the intrinsic value of a company before looking to invest in that company with a “margin of safety” or a discount to intrinsic value. Mr. Barr believes that investing in a company well below intrinsic value decreases the risk and sets it up for generating long term performance and this approach forms the basis of Pender’s overall investment strategy, which aims to preserve and grow clients’ capital.


      In order to execute on his value investing strategy Mr. Barr is a true contrarian. To meet his stringent value investing criteria, he looks for value in unpopular places with a view to reducing risk and finding prices that include a margin-of-safety. He refuses to follow the crowds and is driven to find quality at a discount.

    • Manager’s Quarterly Commentary – David Barr – Q4 2017

      Who is the better hockey player? Wayne Gretzky or Sidney Crosby. Since the teams I usually cheer for have demonstrated a complete inability to compete for the Stanley Cup this year, I’m left to ponder more meaningful long-term questions about the game of hockey such as, is Sidney Crosby today better than Gretzky was in his day? The fun part about this question is that we will never know. What we do know is that the game of hockey has changed a lot in the last 30 years. The skill level has increased dramatically over the years. As a result the worst players in the NHL today are significantly better than the worst players of 30 years ago and so the whole basis of competition has changed.  Download the full commentary. The same thing has happened in the money management industry. The general skill level has increased dramatically. This effectively makes it more challenging for professional active managers to outperform. Can Crosby or Ovechkin score 92 goals in a season like Gretzky did one year? Not in today’s game. However, if the NHL were to expand to a 64 team league it would significantly increase the dispersion between the best players and the worst players in ... Continue Reading

Pender Select Ideas Fund

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