COVID 19: Economic and Market Implications
COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the Canadian and global economy as well as stock and bond markets. We will discuss the magnitude of the impact and a likely roadmap to recovery.
23 Apr 2020, 11:00 AM
1.5 CPD hours
We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events. Should you have any ideas for topics, speakers, sponsorship or anything else, feel free to contact Melanie Russell, CPA, CA, CBV, CIM, CFE, CFF, ABV at 416-488-9590 x 225.
About the Instructor(s)
Matt has spent the bulk of his 17-year career advising retail and institutional investors on how to best position their portfolios through a very challenging investment landscape.
For 14-years, he was a member of RBC Dominion Securities Portfolio Advisory Group (PAG), first as a US Portfolio Advisor, then as a Canadian Portfolio Advisor and eventually as the head of the group. PAG is an internal think-tank within RBC Dominion Securities tasked with advising the ~1,500 RBC DS investment advisors on portfolio construction, individual stock recommendations, and the impact of macroeconomic and global affairs on Canada and the Canadian investment landscape.
In his role as Head of PAG, Matt served as Chair of the RBC Capital Markets Investment Strategy Committee, which among other things, sets the recommended asset mix for RBC Dominion Securities and manages the prestigious RBC Canadian Focus List, a 20 to 30 stock portfolio of Canadian stocks that is the oldest of its kind in Canada (30+ year history) and is widely followed by RBC Dominion Securities and its investment advisors.
For the past two-years, Matt served as Chief Canadian Strategist for RBC Capital Markets where he was tasked with providing RBC’s view on the Canadian equity market as well as contributing to the Firm’s view on the direction of the Canadian dollar, commodities and interest rate policy. In this role, in addition to continuing to serve as Chair of the Investment Strategy Committee, Matt advised instutional investors from the largest pension funds and mutual fund companies in Canada and the United States, as well as a trusted advisor to CIOs of some of Canada’s largest companies.
In his 14-years with PAG and 2-years with RBC CM, Matt was the featured speaker in over 300 client events for RBC DS advisors and their clients, a frequent guest on BNN and Bloomberg Television, and appeared in the pages of Fortune Magazine, the Globe and Mail, the Financial Post and many other publications.
In his five-years as Chair of the Investment Strategy Committee, Matt imparted his strong belief in the value of identifying good businesses with strong management teams, well-defended competitive advantages, long-term track records of compounding shareholder wealth and striking the proper balance between returning capital to shareholders through dividends and share buybacks and reinvesting in the business. This approach paid off as the Focus List generated a compounded annual total return of 13.2% over the period that Matt was Chair vs. 8.7% for the S&P/TSX, despite taking on significantly less risk than the broader market.
Matt was the most accurate forecaster of the S&P/TSX in 2017 amongst institutional forecasters, missing his year-end target of 16,300 by less than 1%. He turned decidedly more bearish toward the Canadian market in late 2017, earning the nickname – “the Bear of Bay Street”.
Matt has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Buffalo, a Master Degree in Business from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and has been a CFA charterholder since 2004.