in*vest*ments: Unplugged with Philip Petursson

An insightful & lively Podcast with your host Philip Petursson, Chief Investment Strategist, Manulife Investment Management.


Episode 24 - How low can we go?

October 25, 2019

When your clients ask for an explanation of negative interest rates, and how it could affect their investment returns, how do you respond? In this episode of Investments Unplugged, Manulife Investment Management’s Capital Markets Strategy team discusses the impact negative interest rates are having on global markets, and the opportunities that could be lying within. 


Episode 23 - Don’t let the tax tail wag the dog

October 1, 2019

Philip Petursson, Chief Investment Strategist at Manulife Investment Management, speaks with a special guest John Natale, Head of Tax, Retirement, and Estate Planning Services at Manulife Investment Management. They discuss how taxation plays an important role in any investment strategy, and what you keep, at the end of the day, may matter more than what you earn. 


Episode 22 - Going global with Mawer

September 16, 2019

Philip Petursson, Chief Investment Strategist at Manulife Investment Management, is joined by Paul Moroz, Chief Investment Officer of Mawer Investment Management. Paul talks about the team’s “buy, hold, and sell” strategy, and discusses how the current geopolitical environment has affected his team’s analysis, and the opportunities they’re finding as a result.


Episode 21B : Live from the Manulife Mutual Fund Summit

August 28, 2019

In this special two-part series, our host Philip Petursson, Chief Investment Strategist at Manulife Investment Management, gives listeners a “behind the scenes” look into the recent Manulife Mutual Fund Summit.

Philip is joined live with Chuck Tomes, Associate Portfolio Manager and Chris Chapman, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, both with the Global Multi-Sector Fixed Income Team at Manulife Investment Management. Philip also speaks to Sandy Sanders, Senior Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager, who leads the US Core Value Equity Team at Manulife Investment Management.


Episode 21A : Live from the Manulife Mutual Fund Summit

August 28, 2019

In this special two-part series, our host Philip Petursson, Chief Investment Strategist at Manulife Investment Management, gives listeners a “behind the scenes” look into the recent Manulife Mutual Fund Summit.

Philip is joined live with Terry Carr, Chief Investment Officer for Canadian Fixed Income at Manulife Investment Management, and Jim Hall, Mawer Investment Management’s Chairman and Portfolio. He also speaks to Alan Wicks, Senior Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager, and Prakash Chaudhari, Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager, both with the Value Equity Team at Manulife Investment Management.


Episode 20: Offense sells tickets. Defense wins championships.

July 26, 2019

In this episode of Investments Unplugged, the Manulife Capital Markets Strategy team discusses a defensive position in portfolio strategy. Philip Petursson, Chief Investment Strategist, Macan Nia, Senior Investment Strategist, and Kevin Headland, Senior Investment Strategist go into detail on why they’ve shifted to be underweight in equities for their model portfolios, and what it means for both the rest of 2019, and looking forward into 2020.


Episode 19 : Driving change for a better future with Manulife’s CEO

June 28, 2019

Perspective from the top. In this episode we speak with Roy Gori, President & CEO of Manulife on his background and future vision for the industry.


Episode 18B: Decisively neutral. Waiting for a signal.

June 10, 2019

Following up from the previous episode on geopolitical risk, the Manulife Investment Management Asset Allocation team continues the discussion with Philip Petursson, Chief Investment Strategist. In this episode, the team focuses on their outlook for global asset classes, risks and opportunities in the backdrop of current global geopolitical events.


Episode 18A: Avoid the noise. Focus on the signals.

June 10, 2019

Has geopolitical risk become the new normal for investing? Manulife Investment Management’s Asset Allocation team joins Philip Petursson, Chief Investment Strategist, in a broad discussion on geopolitical risk in the first of a two part series. While these events do occur, the team argues that geopolitical risks should not drive investment decisions.


Episode 17: I shouldn’t have done that….

June 3, 2019

As an advisor, you have seen time and time again, investors panicking during periods of market volatility, selling at the market bottom, locking in losses, sitting out as the market recovers and finally jumping back in at the top of the recovery. Dr. David R. Lewis PhD and Pauline Kabitsis M.Sc. from BEworks, a behavioural economics consulting firm and research institute join Philip Petursson, Chief Investment Strategist, to share insights and offer advisors strategies to help curb irrational investor behavior during market volatility.


Episode 16: Anatomy of a Recession. Listen on.

May 13, 2019

When will we see the next recession? Very few get it right. But, there are key predictive indicators. Join Philip Petursson, Chief Investment Strategist and Kevin Headland, Senior Investment Strategist as they discuss their “Recession Checklist”. Listen on.


Episode 15: The good, the bad and the unexpected

May 2, 2019

After a sharp reversal in the first quarter following the near bear-market in the fourth quarter of 2018, what does the rest of the year hold for investors? Coming back for another appearance, Charles C. Tomes, Associate Portfolio Manager, Global Multi-Sector Fixed Income Team, Manulife Asset Management (US) LLC joins Philip Petursson, Chief Investment Strategist, and Kevin Headland, Senior Investment Strategist, to discuss his strategies and views in responding to the changing interest rate environment.


Episode 14: Why a bull and bear and not an elephant and ostrich? Why gold coins as a wedding gift and not copper ones?

March 18, 2019

There are things in life that we know as fact but may not necessarily know the reason for that fact. This is also true in the financial vernacular.

Why has gold been revered across cultures throughout human existence? Why a Bull and Bear to describe the market’s sentiment? Why is a 60% equity / 40% fixed income asset mix the global standard for asset allocation? What makes the United States the world’s largest and powerful economy?

Join Philip Petursson, Chief Investment Strategist in a lively discussion with Macan Nia, Senior Investment Strategist as they explore these financial truisms.


Episode 13: Seeking the potential to outperform the MSCI World? You need to be different.

February 25, 2019

Learn how thematic investing has opened a different and broader investment universe that lends itself exceptionally well to active management.

Join Philip Petursson, Chief Investment Strategist, in a lively discussion with Pictet Asset Management, a global leader in thematic investing. Special guests from Pictet are; Gertjan Van Der Geer, Senior Investment Manager, Thematic Equities Team and Jean-Pierre Gemme, Senior Business Development Manager.

Together, they discuss global megatrends, conversion into investable themes and ultimately the portfolio construction which includes selecting equities through a lens of “thematic purity” and strong business fundamentals.


Episode 12: When valuing companies, cashflow is king

January 24, 2019

Investment professionals use a variety of traditional measures to value companies, such as PE ratio, Price-to-book value, Price-to-sales, and Enterprise value to EBITA. But are they accurate? In this episode, Philip Petursson, Chief Investment Strategist, speaks with Patrick Blais, Senior Portfolio Manager, co-head of the Canadian Fundamental Equity team, Manulife Asset Management, who views valuing companies differently. He has often said, “company earnings can be potentially fictional whereas cashflow is real”. Is there a right measure? Listen on.


Episode 11B: 2019 Outlook – Travel with caution, not fear

January 18, 2019

The Capital Markets Strategy team conclude their two-part series with a focus on WYNTK for International Equities, Fixed Income and the Canadian Dollar in 2019. Philip Petursson, Macan Nia and Kevin Headland ends this episode with their individual 2019 fearless forecast. Listen on.


Episode 11A: 2019 Outlook - Travel with caution, not fear

January 14, 2019

In 2018, equities and fixed income can be summed up as being “frustratingly disappointing”. There was nowhere to hide. So, is it so bad, that it’s actually good? Listen on as Philip Petursson, Macan Nia and Kevin Headland, provide their insights on last year’s retail investor capitulation, and how that may set up new opportunities for 2019.


Episode 10B: Bonds. A long-term affair.

January 9, 2019

Our fascination with bonds continues in our last episode of a two-part series. Bonds can come in many different forms, ranging from CMBS, sovereign debt and even “Bowie bonds”. Join Philip Petursson, Chief Investment Strategist with special guests, Dan Janis, Senior Portfolio Manager and Charles Tomes, Associate Portfolio Manager, Global Multi-Sector Fixed Income, Manulife Asset Management (US) LLC in a deep dive into how they make investment decisions when so many bond structures are available.


Episode 10A: Bonds. A long-term love affair.

December 19, 2018

Bonds or debt has been around for over 1,000 years. Throughout its history, bonds have built empires but left unchecked, spiraling debt has crippled governments. In a special two-part episode, join Philip Petursson, Chief Investment Strategist and John Addeo, Chief Investment Officer, Global Fixed Income, Manulife Asset Management (US) LLC in a deep dive into the world of bonds.

Philip Petursson
Philip Petursson, 

Chief Investment Strategist, Manulife Investment Management

Manulife Investment Management

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