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Alternatives education centre

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Constructing modern portfolios with alternatives

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Accessing private markets

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Mackenzie is on a mission to make alternatives education accessible. Here, you’ll find curated resources, easily digestible content and multimedia learning, all designed with your needs in mind.

Understanding alternatives


What are futures contracts?

Take a deep dive into futures contracts with our step-by-step explanation of long and short positions, futures prices and foreign currency hedges, and their potential benefits to investors.

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What are alternative investments?

A brief overview outlining the assets and strategies that are classed as alternative investments.


CE Course: Why alternatives?

An in-depth explainer of alts and why we believe they should be an essential component of every portfolio.


CE Course: Understanding alts and compliance

What you need to know about the unique compliance issues that come with alt investments.

The benefits of alternatives


Why the democratization of alts?

Mackenzie’s CEO Barry McInerney explains why we were the first Canadian asset manager to make liquid alts available to individual investors.

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How can liquid alternatives help increase stability and risk-adjusted returns?

The ways alts can reduce the negative impact of market volatility and potentially improve performance.


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How do liquid alternatives bring portfolio diversification?

Discover how alts can be used with the aim of delivering higher returns, reduced volatility or preservation of capital.


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How are absolute return strategies built to deliver in rising and falling markets?

How absolute return funds and relative trading are designed to thrive during volatile markets.

Constructing modern portfolios with alternatives


How could alternative asset classes benefit your overall investment experience?

Mackenzie Portfolio Manager Matthew Cardillo, CFA discusses maximizing return over risk and minimizing correlation.


How does your portfolio compare to CPP?

See how the Canada Pension Plan incorporates alternatives into its portfolio.


Why should you consider having a 10–20% allocation to alternatives in your portfolio?

Why we recommend a meaningful exposure to alternative assets/strategies and private markets.

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How do liquid alternatives apply leverage and shorting?

Strategies where borrowed money and declining securities can bring superior returns.

Accessing private markets


What makes private credit so attractive?

Northleaf Managing Director David Ross discusses private credit’s historical yields, low volatility and downside protection.


How big are private markets?

Compare the number of private equity-backed companies with publicly traded companies. 


How does the private credit process work?

David Ross discusses all things private credit, including what he looks for in private businesses. 

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Your guide to investing in private credit

A deeper dive into what it is, how it works and how it could potentially enhance your clients’ portfolios.

Discover Mackenzie’s Accessible Alternatives

Find out about Mackenzie’s suite of alternatives and how we’re making them available to more investors.

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This material is not intended to constitute an offer of units of Mackenzie Northleaf Private Credit Fund or Mackenzie Northleaf Private Infrastructure Fund (the “Mackenzie Northleaf Funds”). The information contained herein is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Offering Memorandum of each Mackenzie Northleaf Fund. Units of the Mackenzie Northleaf Funds are generally only available to “accredited investors” (as defined in NI 45-106)".