As iA Clarington's longest sub-advisory relationship, QV Investors (QV) has managed the IA Clarington Canadian Small Cap Fund since its inception on March 20, 1997.

For 20 years, QV’s proven investment philosophy has delivered excellent results for investors seeking capital appreciation with reduced risk.

Conference call replay with QV Investors
(For advisors only)
(recorded on April 26, 2017)

Portfolio manager Ian Cooke provided his outlook and positioning.

Encore dial-in details:855-859-2056
Conference passcode: 98527932

Two decades of outstanding performance

The IA Clarington Canadian Small Cap Fund has had a tremendous 20 years (10.3% annualized return over 20 years), outperforming the BMO Small Cap Index, the S&P/TSX Composite Index and the Morningstar Canadian Small/Mid Cap Equity Category.

20-year growth of $100,000


Source: Zephyr StyleADVISOR as at March 31, 2017.

“Through disciplined, risk-conscious investing in fundamentally sound businesses, we have been able to achieve exceptional results over the long term.”

Ian Cooke
Portfolio Manager, QV Investors

Actively reducing volatility

The IA Clarington Canadian Small Cap Fund has not only delivered better returns than key benchmarks, it has done so with less volatility.

Standard deviationIA Clarington Canadian Small Cap Fund, Series AS&P/TSX Composite IndexMorningstar Small/Mid Cap CategoryBMO Small Cap Index

Source: Zephyr StyleADVISOR as at March 31, 2017.

A focus on high-quality, well-managed businesses, which tend to be more resilient during uncertain times, has allowed the IA Clarington Canadian Small Cap Fund to outperform the market in difficult years.

Protecting gains through reduced downside

For the 20-year period since the Fund’s inception, the IA Clarington Canadian Small Cap Fund captured only 52.7% of the downside experienced by the BMO Small Cap Index and only 59.1% of the downside experienced by the broader S&P/TSX Composite Index during negative monthly periods.

Upside / Downside vs. BMO Small Cap Index


Upside / Downside vs. S&P/TSX Composite Index


Source: Zephyr StyleADVISOR as at March 31, 2017.

“QV’s outstanding record in managing the IA Clarington Canadian Small Cap Fund is a shining example of the value that active management can bring to investors.”

Eric Frape
Senior Vice-President, Product & Investments
iA Clarington Investments

A perennial outperformer

Rolling returns show that regardless of when an investment in the IA Clarington Canadian Small Cap Fund was made, over a 15-year period the Fund outperformed the S&P/TSX Composite Index, the BMO Small Cap Index and the Morningstar Canadian Small/Mid Cap Equity Category 100% of the time (61 periods).

IA Clarington Canadian Small Cap Fund (Series A)Outperformance frequency vs. S&P/TSX composite Index Outperformance frequency vs. BMO Small Cap IndexOutperformance frequency vs. Morningstar Small/Mid Cap Category
5-year rolling return72%78%81%
10-year rolling return100%98%100%
15-year rolling return100%100%100%

Source: Zephyr StyleADVISOR as at March 31, 2017.

About QV Investors

  • QV is an independent, employee-owned, Calgary-based investment manager founded in 1996 on the principles of Quality and Value
  • The personal investment portfolios of all QV employees must be 100% invested alongside QV clients in QV funds

Investment process

  • Fundamental, bottom-up, value approach
  • Concentrated fund with 25-40 holdings
  • Emphasis on long-term investments in well-managed companies
  • Risk-conscious approach seeks to limit potential losses through a sector maximum of 25% and an individual holding maximum of 6%

To be included in the portfolio, a security must meet stringent standards for each of seven risk-management criteria: management, financial record, franchise, balance sheet, valuation, dividends and portfolio enhancement.

The portfolio is then consistently monitored to ensure that the Fund continues to adhere to its discipline and mandate.


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