What are managed investment funds?
Managed investment funds, also known as managed solutions, are a diverse mix of equity, fixed income, cash and other funds that make it easier to invest. Professional portfolio managers steer funds through shifting market conditions and help protect against extreme market swings.
Managed investment funds can be used in registered investments such as registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs), registered education savings plans (RESPs) and tax-free savings accounts (TFSAs), plus non-registered savings plans.
The benefits of managed investment funds
For many Canadians, investing can be an emotional experience. When you invest with your hard-earned money you want to trust that it’s in the right places and that it’s helping you achieve your goals. But there are so many options, how do you know what solution is right for you?
On top of that, markets are always changing. There are global politics, climate change and interest rates that will continue to impact the market and you might decide to put your money in low-interest savings accounts or avoid investing completely.
For investors, managed solutions offer these benefits:
- Choice – A variety of investments to help you reach your financial goals.
- Confidence – They help ease your concerns about shifting market conditions and changing outlooks.
- Simplicity – Dedicated experts build your portfolio and manage its investments day-to-day.
How to choose the right managed solution
Your situation and goals are unique. There are several options available to help you find the best fit for you and your family. Whether you’re saving for a down payment on a house, approaching retirement, or looking to start an education fund for your kids, each managed solution takes into account your personal situation and risk tolerance. You can invest with the portfolio that best aligns to the amount of risk you’re comfortable with, while still putting you in a position to help grow your money.
These portfolios help you invest in a way that aligns with your values without sacrificing potential returns. They look to invest in companies that strive to make a positive contribution to society and the environment while limiting investments in companies that may have damaging or unsustainable business practices. They’re available as mutual funds and segregated funds.
A target risk portfolio is a simple, one step solution that seeks to establish and maintain a specific level of risk over time, by investing in a diverse selection of funds to help you achieve your goals. If you have a longer-term focus of saving for retirement or a down payment on a house this option could be a fit. They’re available as mutual funds and segregated funds.
A risk-managed portfolio is a good option if you have been working hard for your nest egg and want to see your investments grow. If you’re concerned about swings in the market, this option provides a cushion from risk to give you a smoother investment experience. They’re available as mutual funds and segregated funds.
If you’re saving for multiple goals at once like a child’s education, a dream vacation, and retirement, this option can align your investments to help you reach your goals. A goals-based investing approach that is based on your needs will give you a clear picture of how your investments are tracking to your personal and family goals. They’re available as mutual funds and segregated funds.
An exhange traded fund (ETF) is a type of investment that typically tracks a particular index, sector, commodity, or other asset. Portfolios aim to deliver performance similar to a market index with the protection benefits of segregated fund policies. They’re only available as segregated funds.