CGI’s investment objective is to provide better-than-average returns to investors by investing in a diversified portfolio of Canadian corporations. It aims to achieve this through prudent security selection, timely recognition of capital gains/losses and the selection of appropriate income-generating investments.
Canadian General Investments (CGI) aims to generate an attractive total return from a portfolio of primarily Canadian equities. Manager Greg Eckel describes the fund as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for investment in Canada. He says that the country is currently out of favour with investors, and equity valuations are reasonable, which may provide an attractive opportunity. While he invests for the long term, Eckel actively manages CGI’s portfolio, seeking to buy companies with attractive fundamentals and long-term growth potential, while adding to or trimming existing positions to maximise returns. This strategy has proved effective, with CGI outperforming its S&P/TSX Composite index benchmark over one, three, five and 10 years. It also offers an attractive dividend yield of 3.5%.