Offering a spectrum of  solutions across traditional  and alternative asset classes.

Public Fixed Income

We offer investment grade and high yield total return fixed income strategies that provide a consistent stream of income, liquidity, and opportunity for liability matching. With a focus on risk management and relative value, our unique integrated team-based approach to research, portfolio management and trading leads to nimble, more effective decision making and execution.

  • Consistent income: Public fixed income investments provide institutional investors with a consistent stream of income, with generally less volatility than equity market investments.
  • Liquidity: Public fixed income investments trade on secondary markets and can be bought and sold at any time.
  • Use in liability matching strategies: Public fixed income investments can play a central role in liability-driven investing strategies for pension plans, insurance companies and other institutional investors.
  • Dedicated credit teams organized by global credit sectors, with over 200 investment professionals covering world markets.
  • Integrated process that combines deep bottom-up fundamental research capabilities, with a comprehensive understanding of sectors and credit, with a well-informed top-down macro view assessing credit cycle risks and economic factors. The result is consistent alpha generation, and the potential to achieve superior risk-adjusted returns for our clients.
  • Manage one of the largest life insurance balance sheets in North America, with extensive expertise in investing assets to align with liabilities and generate enhanced yields.
  • Strong relationships with investment dealers and corporate management teams, analyzing both credit fundamentals and the management team behind those fundamentals.
  • Experience in blending investment grade fixed income portfolios and private asset classes, with a goal of providing sustainable excess yield and diversification over comparably rated public market investments.
  • Low Duration Income
  • Short Duration
  • Senior Loans
  • Collateralized Loan Obligations
  • Core
  • Core Plus
  • Government/Credit
  • Core Intermediate
  • Core Municipal
  • Tax Sensitive Crossover
  • Long Credit
  • Long Government

* Investment professionals include Portfolio Managers, Traders, Research Analysts, Portfolio Strategists, and Investment Strategists under SLC Management which includes: SLC Management (Canada) Inc., SLC Management (U.S.) LLC, Sun Life Investment Division, Ryan Labs Asset Management, Prime Advisors, Inc.

Private Fixed Income

We offer our clients private fixed income investments, also known as investment grade private credit. These are loans and debt securities issued by companies or entities outside of the public capital markets. They are primarily fixed rate, investment grade debt instruments, with terms from five to 30 years. The strength, durability, and growth of the private placement market reflects the benefits afforded to both issuers and investors. While issuers gain flexibility, confidentiality, and more sophisticated deal structures, investors gain the potential for greater yield, diversification, and greater risk management.

  • Yield: A combination of the illiquidity premium and bespoke nature of private placements relative to public bonds allow private placement investors to capture a spread premium over comparable public issuers or indices, as well as the potential for additional income associated with consents, amendments and, in some cases, coupon increases.
  • Diversification: The private placement market offers investors the opportunity to invest in unique transactions and issuers not available to public bond investors.
  • Risk management: Private placement investors benefit from deal structures that are typically more robust than public market transactions, including collateral and financial covenants that allow investors to get back to the negotiating table in the event of credit deterioration.

Our scale, broad sector focus, and highly experienced professionals allow us to find unique opportunities from a variety of sources.

  • We have one of the largest private placement teams in North America, with 55 investment professionals averaging 17 years of experience.
  • Our scale provides us with access to deals that are inaccessible to smaller and less experienced investors.
  • Our clients are co-investors with the Sun Life companies’ General Accounts, so our interests are aligned. Our clients benefit from access to a broad universe of investment opportunities and the investment management expertise of our global team.

Private fixed income investments can meet the needs of both open and hibernating pension plans, and other institutional investors. Strategies can be customized in many ways, including credit quality, length of term, currency and geographic location. We seek excess spread through complex transactions and niche sectors.

  • Project finance – long-term infrastructure such as hydro, wind, solar power, plus a range of public private partnership projects.
  • Corporate finance – medium-term financing through senior secured or unsecured financing to larger borrowers with revenues in excess of $500 million, including companies in food and beverage, aviation, and asset management.
  • Private real estate finance – lending to finance real estate development, such as credit tenant leases, ground leases, and secured term loans.
  • Mid-market finance – lending to mid-market companies with revenues generally less than $500 million, including companies in transportation, industrial services, and long-term care.
  • Private securitization finance – leases or loans purchased from small and medium-sized leasing companies.

* Investment professionals include Portfolio Managers, Traders, and Research Analysts under SLC Management which includes: SLC Management (Canada) Inc., SLC Management (U.S.) LLC, and the Sun Life Investment Division.

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