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TWO THIRDS OF CANADIAN INVESTORS EXPECT USMCA TO BE RATIFIED WITHIN A YEAR

Date 16/10/2019

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Nearly two thirds (64%) of Canadian institutional investors expect the USMCA trade agreement to be ratified within a year, according to new research fromRecord Currency Management (“Record”), the UK-based specialist currency manager.

However, of the 29% of investors who predict a Conservative victory next week,88%expect Canada nottoratify theUSMCAinits current form.While this fits with the Conservative rhetoric of dissatisfaction with the deal, it hasn’t been widely reported as consensus, likely due to the majority expectation of continued Liberal government. Additionally,just under two thirds(61%) of participants believe that neither party will secure a majority.

A further 83% of respondents expect interest rates to fall byJune 2020, as the global slowdown is likely to start affecting the Canadian economy.

The findings are part of an analysis of Canadian institutional investorsentiment and their views of the Canadian economic environment, ahead of the Canadian federal elections on 21October2019, and highlight the risk to consensus views from an unexpected outcome.

For the most part,the results supported consensus views around monetary policy, exchange rate volatility, and election outcomes.However, this finding itself highlights the risk ofalternative outcomesconfounding expectations, potentially leading to marked shifts in markets.

Commenting on the survey, Record’s Research and Strategy Director, John Floyd,said, “We are actively engaging with investors who are considering thepositioning of their portfolios in case of any surprise outcome to the election and sharp market moves,as well as the overall Canadian macro-economic framework. On the back of unexpected outcomes in the U electionand UK Brexit referendum in 2016,coupled with relatively sanguine markets,investors are absolutely right to prepare for unexpected results and to consider the broader global macroeconomic and geopolitical backdrop.”Floyd, based in New York,is actively involved with the currency specialist’s North American client base. 

Survey participants covera range of Canadian investment professionals spanning asset owners, asset managers, consultants and economists, including from Record’s clients.

The full report is available from Recordupon request.

 

For further information, please contact: 

Record Currency Management
James Wood-Collins, Chief Executive Officer     Tel: +44 (0) 1753 852 222


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Nick Denton                                                                                       record@mhpc.com
Ollie Hoare
James Morgan
Robert Collett-Creedy

 

Notes to Editors

Record is a specialist currency manager and provider of currency hedging services for institutional clients. Founded in 1983, Record has established a market leading position as a currency manager. Specifically, the Group has a leading position in managing Currency Hedging and Currency for Return for institutional clients.

The Group has four principal reporting lines:

  • Passive Hedging, where Record seeks to eliminate fully or partially the economic impact of currency movements on elements of clients’ investment portfolios that are denominated in foreign currencies;
  • Dynamic Hedging, where Record seeks to eliminate the impact of currency movements on elements of clients’ investment portfolios that are denominated in foreign currencies when these movements are expected to result in an economic loss to the client, but not to do so when they are expected to result in an economic gain;
  • Currency for Return, in which Record enters into currency contracts for clients with the objective of generating positive returns; and
  • Multi-Product, where the client mandate includes combined hedging and return-seeking objectives.

Record is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is registered as exempt with the Australian Securities & Investment Commission. Record is a registered Investment Adviser with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the US, a registered Commodity Trading Adviser (swaps only) with the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and an Exempt International Adviser with the Ontario and Alberta Securities Commissions in Canada. Record plc (LSE: REC) was admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange on 3 December 2007.

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