Geoff 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, Geoff’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. In 2018 the Pender Corporate Bond Fund was recognised with a Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Award.
Geoff’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.
You can listen to Geoff talk about how his experience informs his approach to investing and credit markets, and how he navigates the challenges and opportunities within fixed income on this Pender podcast.
Geoff 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, Geoff 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.