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Impact of Russia-Ukraine conflict on the Empire Life Dividend Growth GIF*

In light of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Senior Portfolio Manager, Doug Cooper provides an update on changes to investments within the Empire Life Dividend Growth GIF. The most notable change is a reduction in international equity exposure, primarily in the UK and continental Europe, and an increase in Canadian equity exposure. Doug discusses the current positioning of the fund, including:
  • The Russia-Ukraine conflict making Canada a relatively attractive investment
  • Higher commodity costs warranting greater exposure to Canada
  • Greater supply-chain challenges fueling further inflation concerns
  • Managing for downside risk to global economic growth
  • Potential support from dividend growth and relative strength of the Canadian dollar.
Read Doug’s commentary to get the full picture of why he feels expectations for Canada’s economic growth have improved in 2022. 

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* The legal name of the fund is “Dividend Growth Fund”.

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