Portland Global Income Fund

portfolio manager
Chris Wain-Lowe, BA, MBA
Chief Investment Officer, Executive Vice-President and Portfolio Manager

Chris Wain-Lowe has 35 years of business management and global financial services experience – living and working in four continents: Europe, Asia, Africa, North America as well as the Caribbean, which also embraced corporate experience in the energy, natural resources and utility industries.


fund details
Fund Net Assets $7.9 million
CIFSC* Asset Class Global Equity Balanced
Risk Tolerance Low to Medium

KEY reasons to invest
  • Monthly distributions, targeting 5.0%**** per annum - intended to be fully funded, plus potential for capital appreciation
  • The power of dividend investing combined with the benefits of global investing and asset class diversification for the potential to reduce volatility
  • The benefits of active and passive management are aligned to help reduce volatility
  • Tax-efficient structure, currently housing tax losses of approximately $23 million
  • Management fee from 0.85% per annum for Series F units

how the fund is managed
  • Common shares of large global companies with attractive dividend-payout ratios and a history of rising dividends over the long term, selected primarily from the members of the S&P Europe 350 Dividend Aristocrats, the S&P 500® Dividends Aristocrats and the S&P/TSX Dividend Aristocrats
  • Primarily investment grade** preferred shares of North American companies
  • Balanced mix of fixed income ETFs with an emphasis on investment grade*** corporate bonds
  • Selective use of options to generate additional returns towards distributions and currency hedging all or some of the Fund's non-Canadian dollar exposure


The Manager believes the following risks may impact the performance of the Fund: active management risk, credit risk, currency risk, debt securities and equity risks, ETF risk, interest rate risk and derivatives risk. Please read the “Risk Factors” section in the Simplified Prospectus for a more detailed description of all the relevant risks.

asset allocation
As at December 31, 2017
Equity 40.2%
Preferred Equity 37.5%
Exchange Traded Funds 14.1%
Other Net Assets (Liabilities)1 4.9%
Corporate Bonds 3.2%
Currency Forwards 0.1%

geographic allocation
As at December 31, 2017
Canada 39.7%
United States 23.8%
United Kingdom 11.6%
Bermuda 8.3%
Switzerland 5.3%
Other Net Assets (Liabilities)1 4.9%
Australia 2.8%
France 1.4%
Jersey 1.1%
Sweden 1.0%
Currency Forwards 0.1%

sector allocation
As at December 31, 2017
Financials 20.6%
Exchange Traded Funds 14.1%
Energy 13.6%
Utilities 11.2%
Consumer Discretionary 10.6%
Real Estate 7.0%
Other Net Assets (Liabilities)1 4.9%
Telecommunication Services 4.6%
Materials 4.0%
Consumer Staples 3.5%
Corporate Bonds 3.2%
Industrials 1.5%
Health Care 1.1%
Currency Forwards 0.1%

top holdings
As at December 31, 2017
Cash 5.4%
BCE Inc., Preferred, Series AE, Floating Rate 3.5%
Digicel Group Limited 6.75% March 1, 2023 3.2%
iShares International Select Dividend ETF 3.2%
Royal Dutch Shell PLC 3.0%
Thomson Reuters Corporation, Preferred, Series B, Floating Rate 3.0%
Brookfield Property Partners L.P. 2.8%
Brookfield Office Properties Inc., Preferred, Series V, Floating Rate 2.4%
Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund 2.3%
BHP Billiton PLC 2.2%
SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust 2.1%
Dignity PLC 2.1%
Oaktree Strategic Income Corporation 2.0%
TransAlta Corporation, Preferred, Series E, Fixed-Reset 2.0%
The Bank of Nova Scotia, Preferred, Series 19, Floating Rate 1.9%
iShares MSCI Japan ETF 1.9%
ECN Capital Corp., 6.25% June 30, 2022 1.8%
Dufry AG 1.7%
First National Financial Corporation, Preferred, Series 1, Fixed-Reset 1.7%
Bank of Montreal, Preferred, Series 42, Fixed-Reset 1.6%
Ares Capital Corporation 1.5%
Chevron Corporation 1.5%
Northland Power Inc., Preferred, Series 1, Fixed-Reset 1.5%
Brookfield Renewable Power Inc., Preferred, Series 2, Floating Rate 1.4%
Total SA 1.4%

Option Positions
Brookfield Property Partners L.P., Put 27, 19/01/2018 0.0%
TransAlta Renewables Inc., Put 13, 19/01/2018 0.0%
TransAlta Renewables Inc., Put 13, 20/04/2018 0.0%
Crescent Point Energy Corp., Put 7, 20/04/2018 0.0%
Crescent Point Energy Corp., Put 13, 19/01/2018 0.0%
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Call 105, 16/02/2018 0.0%
Fortis Inc., Call 50, 19/01/2018 0.0%
WPP PLC, Put 85, 16/02/2018 0.0%
fund codes
Fund Name Series Code - Initial Sales Charge Code - DSC Code - LL
Portland Global Income Fund
n/a 532 533
Portland Global Income Fund
531 n/a n/a
Portland Global Income Fund
010 n/a n/a
Portland Global Income Fund
059 n/a n/a

- Fundserv Management Company Code: “PTL”
company briefs of Possible Holdings


* Canadian Investment Funds Standards Committee

** Investment grade means Pfd 3/P-3 or higher

*** Investment grade means BBB- or higher

****The portfolio is expected to generate income from dividends, interest and option writing income , which after deduction of expenses, will be distributed by the Fund to unitholders. The targeted monthly distribution amount is reset at the beginning of each calendar year to provide an approximate yield of 5% per annum based on the NAV per Series A Unit as at December 31 of the prior year. Assuming the expected level of income is received, the portfolio would not be required to appreciate. If the level of income is less than the amount necessary to meet the distribution, the Manager may either pay out a lower distribution or supplement the amount needed through net realized capital gains from the portfolio or may return a portion of the capital of the Fund to unitholders in which case the distribution would not have been fully funded as the net asset value would be reduced. Distributions are reinvested automatically in additional units of the Fund. No commissions are payable upon automatic reinvestment of distributions.

1 Other Net Assets (Liabilities) refers to all other assets and liabilities in the Fund excluding portfolio investments.

2 Where the Fund holds less than 25 long and short holdings, all investments have been disclosed. There may be other assets and liabilities which are not included, and therefore the summary does not add up to 100%.

3 Generally available through dealers who have entered into a Portland Series F Dealer Agreement.

4 Annualized.


Risk tolerance measures the degree of uncertainty that an investor can handle regarding fluctuations in the value of their portfolio. The amount of risk associated with any particular investment depends largely on your own personal circumstances including your time horizon, liquidity needs, portfolio size, income, investment knowledge and attitude toward price fluctuations. Investors should consult their financial advisor before making a decision as to whether this Fund is a suitable investment for them.

Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with mutual fund investments. 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 [dividends] and does not take into account sales, redemption, distributions or optional charges or income taxes payable by any securityholder in respect of a participating fund that would have reduced returns. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.

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