Insights

These concise papers provide a detailed look at the factors that contribute to the investment decisions we make at Sionna.

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Regime Change

July 2022

Recent actions in the global financial and economic landscape suggest that a regime change may be upon us. Today’s change centers around inflation and interest rates but could also be extended to wider issues such as deglobalization and decarbonization. The focus of this piece will be on regime change as it pertains to financial markets.

When is Enough Enough?

April 2022

When there is an unusual amount of uncertainty and nervousness in the market, there is a tendency to reach for more – more data, more analysis, more answers. But having more is neither efficient nor effective. Time is a finite resource. And more information does not necessarily equate to better decisions. We cannot model every scenario, let alone every risk. One must determine the most relevant and important information, manage the most detrimental risks, and move forward cautiously.

You Can’t Judge a Book by its Cover: Perspectives on Judging Investment Performance

January 2022

Few events can be judged accurately as fortunate or unfortunate, or profitable or unprofitable at the time they occur. In many cases, only time will tell the whole story and challenges can often become opportunities and visa versa. The value investment approach has been challenged for a while, with recent weak performance dragging down the long-term annualized result. This weighs on investors’ perception, and they can be drawn to judgemental thoughts that may mislead them.

The Case for Canadian Dividends

October 2021

Dividends have historically been a meaningful component of market returns. This is particularly true in Canada where dividends have comprised 30-40% of TSX Composite Index total returns over the past three decades. While dividend returns have been dwarfed by price returns in recent years, we believe this has created an attractive setup for dividend-paying stocks to outperform going forward.

Canada’s Role in Energy Evolution and Carbon Reduction

July 2021

This past year has brought some element of change to every business in every sector. As we reflect on 2020 and the many changes that emerged, the Canadian energy industry was arguably one of the most impacted by these changes.

Simplification

April 2021

An Internet search on the subject of “ways to simplify your life” offers up hundreds of articles, reports and books on the seemingly popular topic. Many of these pieces are penned by so-called life gurus, and recommend solutions such as “declutter your house”, “remove toxic influences”, “take control of your finances” and the very popular “reduce your social media use”. The basic concepts of simplification transfer well to the world of investment management, and have been the core of investment philosophies of some of the industry’s most successful and esteemed investors, Warren Buffett included.


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