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The World Bank says that Turkey ranks second in commitments for total infrastructure investment in 2014, behind Brazil. Peru, Colombia and India followed in third, fourth and fifth positions, respectively, out of 139 emerging countries. According to a World Bank report, total infrastructure investments in 139 emerging economies for projects with private participation in the energy, transport and water sectors rose to $107.5 billion in…
Although the Sensex Index declined last month, analysts at major foreign brokerages remain bullish on the Indian market, and expect the Sensex to hit 33,000 in the next 6 to 12 months. The brokerage firms are of the view that structural reforms being pursued by the government are laying a strong foundation for sustained growth, although expectations have been dampened by a fall in earnings…
Indian bonds have not traditionally been on the radar of many Canadian investors. That may be about to change as India's government gradually lifts restrictions relating to foreign investments, and new products simplify the buying process. When professional bond traders conduct research, they examine both macro and micro issues affecting a country's bonds. Macro factors include such variables as the national economic growth rate, inflation…
Barings International Investment Limited ("Barings") is positive on the medium-term investment case for China. The global asset management company is particularly encouraged by government measures to ease policy and expedite reforms, which it says should be supportive of both cyclical and structural growth prospects. In the very short term, Barings expects that the combination of profit-taking to invest in new issuance following the strong run…
China’s Central Bank economists predict that the country’s slowing economy will pick up in the second half of the year on the back of more stable home prices and firmer foreign demand. They have also sharply lowered their inflation forecast for 2015. Economic growth is expected to come in at 7% for 2015, marginally below the 7.1% forecasted earlier in the year. Annual inflation, on…
Toronto, Ontario, June 9, 2015: Excel Funds Management Inc. (‘Excel Funds”) is pleased to announce that it was the proud sponsor of the 2015 Female Professional of the Year Award, presented at the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) Annual Awards & Gala held on June 6th, 2015 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The Female Professional of the Year Award is presented to a professional…
The corporate debt market in emerging markets is forecasted to outpace the growth of the corporate debt market in the developed world. “This is an indication of the growing issuance and acceptance of EM corporate debt among investors,” says David Kunselman, senior portfolio manager with Excel Investment Counsel. “Many EM corporate debt is now ranked investment grade and offer substantially higher yields than government debt,”…
The medium and long-term outlook for China remains positive, in spite of slowing economic growth and market volatility. Recent market volatility is largely due to a combination of profit-taking to invest in new issues following the strong run-up in the market; and the potential for a tighter control on margin financing. However, government measures to ease policy restrictions and expedite reforms are supportive of both…
Although US interest rates are poised to rise, government bond yields in developed markets, including Canada, will still remain relatively low – in some cases lower than the rate of inflation – resulting in negative real rates of return. This means investors will theoretically lose money by investing in traditionally safe, high-quality government bonds. That’s the conundrum income-seeking investors are facing today. However, there is…
China has been actively pushing its expansion policies for rebuilding a modern Silk Road Economic Belt dubbed “One Belt One Road”.
In just one year under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has been catapulted into the global spotlight. It has shed its image as a country plagued by cronyism, corruption and policy paralysis to become one of the most favoured countries in the world.
The Excel High Income Fund seeks to achieve total return comprised of a combination of interest income and capital growth by investing primarily in debt securities issued by governmental and corporate issuers located in emerging market countries throughout the world.

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