Mackenzie Ivy team buys what others are selling

Counter-cyclical approach requires patience, Paul Musson says.

Diana Cawfield 16 March, 2017 | 5:00PM

Paul Musson, the head of the Ivy team at Mackenzie Investments, acknowledges that Ivy has a reputation for not keeping pace in bull markets. But he doesn't see this attribute as a negative, so long as the managers capture "a reasonable amount" of the market gains.

"We're being careful," says Musson, who is the lead manager of Mackenzie Ivy Canadian, a Morningstar 4-star rated fund in the Canadian Focused Equity category. "We don't know when the bear market will start and our plan is to not capture as much of a down market."

To help protect capital in anticipation of a market downturn, Musson is taking what he describes as a counter-cyclical approach to stock selection. "We have a strict valuation discipline," he says. "By definition, if something is getting more expensive, it's because people are rotating to that sector."

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar Rating
Bank of Nova Scotia57.20 CAD1.82
Brookfield Asset Management Inc Class A44.43 CAD3.28
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd27.05 CAD5.21
Omnicom Group Inc55.26 USD-0.58
Onex Corp63.48 CAD-0.22
Pembina Pipeline Corp35.73 CAD3.06
Procter & Gamble Co118.06 USD0.69
Saputo Inc33.71 CAD2.28

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Diana Cawfield

Diana Cawfield  Diana Cawfield is an award-winning writer who has been a regular Morningstar contributor since 2000. Her numerous publication credits include the Toronto StarAdvisor's Edge and Chatelaine, as well as the Canadian Securities Institute's online educational services.

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