About Us

Signature Global Asset Management manages core equity, balanced, income-oriented and fixed-income funds, and is CI Investments’ largest in-house portfolio management group. The team of over 50 investment professionals, led by Chief Investment Officer Eric Bushell, manages over $48 billion (as at June 30, 2020).

Signature Global Asset Management is a division of CI Investments Inc. Certain funds associated with Signature Global Asset Management are sub-advised by CI Global Investments Inc., a firm registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and an affiliate of CI Investments Inc.

Markets are interconnected. A successful investment approach should be equally integrated and connected – encompassing rates, credit, equity, commodities, property and foreign exchange within a coordinated global view.

Our Funds

Signature Global Asset Management manages core equity, fixed income, balanced and income-oriented funds.

Our Team

Deep and specialized team collaborating across the financial system

The Signature team is organized so that its portfolio managers and analysts are specialists in specific global equity sectors or fixed-income asset classes. This specialist model contributes significantly to Signature’s informational advantages.

Robert Lyon

Senior Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Head of Equities

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Goshen Benzaquen, MBA

Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

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Gorlen Zhou, CFA

Director of Research, Asia

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Our Philosophy

Investment philosophy

The Signature investment philosophy is designed to deliver the best possible risk-adjusted returns in today’s complex environment and is based on these key elements:

The globalization of the world economy has resulted in increased complexity, requiring specialized knowledge.

  • Signature has dedicated global equity sector specialists and fixed-income asset class specialists, supported by global strategists.
  • Signature has developed its global capabilities over the past decade to take advantage of investment opportunities not available in the Canadian market.

The increased interconnectivity of the global economy demands collaboration.

  • Signature has recognized that the various segments of the global financial markets (interest rates, credit, foreign exchange, equities, commodities and real estate) are increasingly interconnected, and it’s essential for portfolio managers to understand these connections and their implications for the economy, industries and companies.
  • Signature equity and income specialists collaborate regularly to develop a comprehensive view of the markets and individual securities. 

Security selection process

Asset allocation

Signature develops a comprehensive global outlook, factoring in economic growth, interest rates, capital market conditions and geopolitical tensions. The Signature asset allocation team determines the appropriate risk profile given this outlook and allocates capital to various asset classes. 

Security selection (equities and fixed income)

Signature’s global outlook is used to determine sector allocations within the equity and fixed-income portfolios. Within the equity portfolios, sector specialists use a variety of analytical approaches that best fit their global industry sectors. In managing fixed-income portfolios, risk controls and preserving capital are critical considerations. All positions are subject to continuous monitoring. In constructing portfolios, Signature’s managers favour a flexible approach that give them the greatest opportunities to add value and protect capital. 

Currency hedging

As a Canadian-based investment manager with global capabilities, Signature recognizes the importance of currency movements to the returns experienced by Canadian investors. Signature’s active management of its portfolios’ exposure to foreign currencies through hedging is a key element in managing risk and protecting the funds’ returns.