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Softwood lumber saga: Why duties may not be as bad for investors as feared


May 23, 2017
Subject | Active management | Trimark

In a continuation of a long-running trade dispute that dates back to 1982, Canadian softwood lumber exports to the United States were recently hit with an average countervailing duty of 19.88%, with additional anti-dumping duties to be announced in June (expected to be at least another 5%).1 This follows a 10-year period under a Softwood Lumber Agreement that required much less onerous export taxes from Canadian producers.

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3 reasons for active management in EM

Now that passive index strategies are ubiquitous across markets, I am pleased to see that the overall active vs. passive debate is over, replaced by a more nuanced discussion about where each approach makes sense in an investor’s portfolio. I am of the firm belief that emerging markets is an investing space in which active management is not only preferred, but in most cases, vital. Here are my three main reasons why.

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Conviction key to long-term success


February 3, 2017
Subject | Active management | Trimark

We believe that high-conviction investing is key to generating excess long-term returns, and this belief guides our research efforts and investing decisions. There is academic research to support this, showing that among actively managed funds, those with high conviction managers tend to outperform. In this blog post I’ll explain why the Trimark Global Equities team invests with conviction, highlighting two extensive studies of portfolio managers and their returns.

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