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Pender Corporate Bond Fund

The Pender Corporate Bond Fund is an income fund that is both conservatively managed to preserve capital, as well as opportunistic to generate returns. The Fund is focused on key credit characteristics – coverage, seniority and duration. It is driven by bottom up fundamental analysis, the Fund seeks to use its nimble size to invest in opportunities large or index based funds cannot. This advantage could provide investors with an attractive cash yield, while maintaining positions in attractively valued securities that provide a margin-of-safety for investors.

  • Monthly
    Pender Corporate Bond Fund - Fact Sheet - CAD
    Pender Corporate Bond Fund - Fact Sheet - USD

    Annual (POS)
    Pender Corporate Bond Fund - Fund Facts - CAD (A Class)
    Pender Corporate Bond Fund - Fund Facts - USD (A Class)
    Pender Corporate Bond Fund - Fund Facts - CAD (D Class)
    Pender Corporate Bond Fund - Fund Facts - CAD (F Class)
    Pender Corporate Bond Fund - Fund Facts - USD (F Class)
    Pender Corporate Bond Fund - Fund Facts - CAD (H Class)
    Pender Corporate Bond Fund - Fund Facts - CAD (I Class)

  • Geoff CastlePortfolio Manager

    • Geoff Castle Geoff-castle

      Mr. Castle is the Portfolio Manager of the Pender Corporate Bond Fund. He began his investing career in 2000 and has experience in both public mutual funds and proprietary investment fund management for ultra-high net worth individuals. In addition, Mr. Castle’s background includes more than five years of industry experience in trade credit and general corporate management.

      As a fixed income manager, his focus has been on seeking enhanced yield opportunities in situations where substantial margins of safety exist. In particular he has earned strong fixed income returns for clients in the recent low interest rate environment by focussing on “non-conforming” situations where yield or capital appreciation opportunities existed despite strong collateral coverage and otherwise attractive credit fundamentals.

      Mr. Castle’s philosophy in the current low yield environment involves controlling risk through careful consideration of credit duration and fixed charge coverage, and the fair valuation of each security class on an as-liquidated basis. Beyond this analytical discipline, he draws from strong industry-specific experience he has acquired from his years as a management consultant, as well as from his participation on corporate boards and advisory boards.

      Mr. Castle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UBC (1989) and a Master of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario (1996). In 1996 he joined global top-tier strategy consulting firm, Bain & Co where he spent four years advising clients on issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, strategic cost analysis, and capital expenditure optimization. Bain clients included Fortune Global 500 firms in the consumer durables, retail and transportation sectors. In 2000, he was recruited to AIC Limited where he spent nearly seven years as a senior analyst and portfolio manager on a variety of mutual fund portfolios, including situations that involved portfolio manager transitions.  In 2003 he became co-manager of three international investment portfolios including the AIC Global Balanced fund which expanded by more than five-fold over his tenure and, in 2004, was the second highest returning fund out of 400 funds in this category in Canada.

      On his return to Vancouver, Mr. Castle worked at Powerex Corp., where he focused on evaluating the creditworthiness of counterparties in the North American energy industry and was active in reviewing credit provisions of high value, long-term custom energy trading contracts. Subsequently, he spent four years at the family office of a Vancouver-based high net worth individual where he managed fixed income and equity investments.

      He is a member of the CFA Institute and in 2013 and 2014 was industry mentor to the UBC team in the Institute’s Investment Research Challenge, with those teams each reaching the top 16 teams in North America.

    • Pender Corporate Bond Fund – Manager’s Commentary – July 2017

      The Pender Corporate Bond Fund returned 0.5% in July, a reasonable result in a market that saw significant drawdowns in the benchmark credit indices.  Driving the performance of the Fund in July was strong appreciation in floating and fixed-reset rate preferred shares, as these rose with rising Government of Canada bond yields.  In addition, certain individual credit positions performed well.  For example, Grupo Famsa 7.25% notes of 2020 rallied over 10% as the Mexican furniture retailer and consumer finance company raised long-term bank debt, and consequently was able to announce a partial redemption of these US dollar notes at 103% of face value.  Offsetting these gains, to a degree, was a decline in some longer-duration credits that were affected by rate increases. Download the full commentary as a pdf. Credit Environment Investment grade bond yields were higher in July, particularly in Canada.  The Bank of Canada’s July 12 overnight rate hike announcement initiated a large increase in C$ interest rates all along the curve.  For example, the 5 year Government of Canada bond yield has increased more than 0.6% since the policy change was announced by Governor Poloz in June.  Although we do own some high quality bonds in the 3 to 8 ... Continue Reading

Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the simplified prospectus before investing. The indicated rates of return are the historical annual compounded total returns including changes in net asset value and assumes reinvestment of all distributions and are net of all management and administrative fees, but do not take into account sales, redemption or optional charges or income taxes payable by any security holder that would have reduced returns. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.