Avenue is an independent private client investment manager. At Avenue, we believe financial stability comes from our focus on getting solid returns reliably. That’s why we invest 100% of our own wealth alongside our clients’ wealth, and cut our fees in half if we don’t make a positive return. We’re also committed to doing our own rigorous research—instead of taking someone else’s word for it.
Our secret is that boring and predictable ‘quality’ investments are safer, when our shared goal is to compound our client’s wealth as consistently as possible with lower risk .
Contact us, and let us create for you a individually tailored financial plan.
Minimum relationship of $750k.
Custodian of accounts is National Bank Independent Network (NBIN).
Our money is handled exactly like yours.
In the Avenue equity portfolio, if we don’t make you a positive rate of return in a given year, our fees are cut in half the following year.
One direct line to speak to the person actually handling your money.
We always encourage our clients to come to our office and get a sense of our investment process in action. But if you can’t come to us, we are always happy to come to you.
All senior Portfolio Managers are CFA charterholders. The firm is an independently owned Portfolio Manager registered in Ontario, Alberta, and B.C., with oversight by the Securities Commissions in these provinces. In addition, performance is independently examined and verified to make sure we are doing what we say we are doing.
We’re interested in growing your investment wealth, not selling you financial products.
We allocate your assets to meet your individual financial needs. Whether you have tax considerations, need for drawing income or different risk tolerance.
Inflation is the true destroyer of money over time. Our goal is to get the consistent returns we need and ignore investment fads and relative performance that can easily lead to bad decision- making.
For those who are looking for help putting a financial plan together, we will work with you and build a clear long-term plan with realistic goals that will let you sleep at night.
Need improved tax or legal planning? We don’t do that but we have relationships with some great people.
All our senior Portfolio Managers are CFA charterholders (Chartered Financial Analysts). We have a legal fiduciary duty to represent your best interest. We are not owned or controlled by a larger marketing-focused financial organization.
Avenue Investment Management is an independent Investment Counsellor Portfolio Manager registered in Ontario, Alberta, B.C. and Quebec with oversight by the Securities Commissions in these provinces. (It is important to note that bank-owned brokerage firms are “self-regulated” by an organization called IIROC.)
Your account is held at NBIN (National Bank Independent Network) in your name. All investment accounts are covered by the Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF) in the amount of $1,000,000.
Avenue Investment Management claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards. (GIPS®)
Independent verifiers examine performance results every quarter and annually in accordance with GIPS®. Our performance is comparable on an apples to apples basis to all major money managers in the world that subscribe to this process.
To receive a list of composite description and/ or a presentation that complies with the GIPS® standards, please contact us.
We believe it’s always your money, and you can get it when you need it. We do require 5 days written notice, but there are no fees associated with withdrawals.
We can manage most any type of account for an individual, endowment or corporation. Avenue also has several clients that reside outside of Canada. We just can’t manage US residents’ non-RSP accounts.
We build each client an individual investment strategy, carefully considering how much stock market vs. bond market exposure is appropriate. The selected investments are placed in the right type of accounts (whether registered, non-registered or corporate) given the clients tax situation. And we keep the bond and equity portfolios separate to accurately measure performance.
A long term understanding of risk is the key concept behind our asset allocation decisions. The starting point is that everyone should be 100% invested in the stock market for the long term. However, if you need some of your money to live on in the short term, we like to have 5 to 7 years of fixed income to cover annual income needs. Alternatively, if you’re uncomfortable with the fairly common swings of 20% or more that the stock market naturally produces, we can allocate to bonds (but bond investors should understand that there can be a loss of purchasing power over time.)
We are not spending our time guessing when to get in and out of markets. Our research team works hard to find and invest in great businesses that produce stable income streams. If you are not invested, then you are not compounding. (But of course, your money is yours at any time you want or need it back.)
It is easy to compare returns in the investment industry but it is very hard to show how much risk was taken to get the returns. Often you never know how much risk you are taking until it is too late.
The businesses we invest in need to be profitable, consistent and well-run, with a conservative level of debt. However, there are occasionally special situations where we find undervalued assets or businesses that are in the process of being fixed up.
We have a disciplined approach to valuation. When we find a quality investment and it isn’t trading at a fair price, we simply don’t buy it. At Avenue investing is about patience and knowing that a successful investment starts with buying it at a fair price.
A margin of safety is built-in insurance against uncertainty in the market, at every level of the investment process. We run our own in-depth analyses and research to keep you safe.
The sector: We can own more or less of a given sector based on the overall sector valuation.
One key to investing in Canada is the corporate bond market. Over time, we can capture a higher return than government bonds, but with only a slight incremental risk.
We do not rely on other people’s opinions. We do the credit analysis ourselves. We balance the portfolio with government and provincial bonds when needed.
We like to call it quality investing, by limiting the downside of investments and winning by not losing. A great investment is one we can hold for a long time. However, in the real world, situations change. On average, we hold an investment for about 5 years.
No. We believe regular stocks and bonds can give us the best risk-adjusted rate of return.
The Avenue Equity Portfolio invests primarily in high-quality equity securities of global companies that are publicly traded on stock exchanges in Canada and the United States.
The emphasis of the portfolio is to achieve long-term capital growth but with lower risk or volatility than the stock market indexes.
The Avenue Bond Portfolio invests primarily in Government of Canada bonds, Canadian provincial bonds, corporate debt and money market instruments (such as treasury bills, bankers’ acceptances, and commercial paper).
The emphasis of the portfolio is to achieve steady income with a low risk of capital loss and a low potential for capital gain.
The portfolio may also have exposure to high-yield bonds, convertible bonds, REITs and unit trusts. Exposure to these asset classes will not exceed 20% of the portfolio.
Many Avenue clients have a balance between the Avenue Bond and Equity portfolios. We work with all of our clients to find and maintain the right risk balance between the stability and income of Bonds investments and the dividend and capital gain potential of Equity investments. This is called asset allocation.
We left the big firms so we could do investing differently. For us, that means answering our own phones. Understanding our clients’ lives. Jargon-free explanations. Being straight-forward, straight-shooting. And above all, having a firm that allows and requires us and our interests to always be on the same side as our clients.
Matt has a CIM® (Chartered Investment Manager) designation and is the first point of contact for everyone interested in Avenue. Matt is an expert in understanding and assessing the vast array of complicated financial products that many people own prior to becoming Avenue clients. Matt is a member of Avenue’s investment committee, specializing in risk management within client portfolios. He also looks after client relationships, with a focus on Ontario and Western Canada.
Matt joined Avenue in 2012 as a seasoned veteran having joined the industry in 2004 with experience on both the institutional and retail side of the business. Prior to Avenue Matt has worked at Harvest Portfolio Group and CIBC. Matt graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce with honours from Ryerson University.
Paul is a CFA® charterholder and a member of Avenue’s investment committee. Paul is Avenue’s lead bond portfolio manager, specializing in corporate credit analysis. He also looks after client relationships and is responsible for the firm’s regulatory compliance.
Prior to co-founding Avenue in 2003, Paul was a Senior Portfolio Manager at TD Asset Management for eight years. Before that, he worked at TD Securities as Chief Dealer in the Money Market Department. Paul received his CFA designation in 1991, and graduated with a B.A. in economics from York University. He is a member of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts and the CFA Institute.
Before joining Avenue in 2004, Bill was a Portfolio Manager at Sentry Select Capital for two years. Bill spent the previous decade working at TD Asset Management progressing from trading to analyst to Portfolio Manager. Bill received his CFA designation in 1998, having graduated with a BA in economics from Dalhousie University. He is a member of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts and the CFA Institute and sits on the investment committee of a major charitable organization.
Bryden joined Avenue in 2013 and earned his CFA designation in 2015. Prior to joining Avenue, Bryden spent time working in Debt Capital Markets at TD Securities. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 2012 with an honours degree in Economics.
At Avenue, we’re committed to aligning our interests with those of our clients.
As far as we know, we’re still the only firm in Canada to cut our management fee if we don’t make you money.
There are no additional custodial fees.