Neil Matheson

Standard Life manager seeks balance between current dividends and dividend growth.

Diana Cawfield 2 December, 2011 | 10:42PM

After resuming his role as the lead manager of the $1.5-billion Standard Life Canadian Dividend Growth a year ago, Neil Matheson restructured the portfolio to boost its dividend yield.

"The aim was to re-balance between dividend income and dividend growth," says Matheson. "You'll get a portfolio that is materially less volatile, especially in Canada, and over the long term performs in line with the indices or outperforms them. So you get a win-win situation."

Matheson is a senior vice-president, investment strategy, at Standard Life Investments Inc. in Montreal. He was the architect and original manager of the Canadian dividend-growth mandate in 1994, the largest of the Standard Life mutual funds. After running the fund for its first decade, he moved in 2004 to other roles at Standard Life that were of a more purely strategic nature.

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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.