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22. Other Managed Products

Introduction to additional managed products like Segregated Funds, Labour-Sponsored Venture Capital Corporations, Closed-End Funds, Income Trusts, and Listed Private Equity. Understand their structure, features, and regulatory considerations.

Other Managed Products 22

Chapter Overview

In this chapter, you will delve into additional types of managed products, including their structure, characteristics, regulatory issues, and tax considerations.

Learning Objectives

Content Areas

  1. Describe the Features and Structure of Segregated Funds
    • Understand the fundamentals of segregated funds, their benefits, and limitations.
  2. Discuss the Advantages and Disadvantages of Labour-Sponsored Venture Capital Corporations
    • Learn how these venture capital corporations function, their pros and cons, and how they fit into the larger investment landscape.
  3. Describe the Features and Structure of Closed-End Funds
    • Gain insights into the unique aspects of closed-end funds compared to other investment vehicles.
  4. Differentiate Among the Types of Income Trusts
    • Explore the different types of income trusts and their characteristics.
  5. Describe the Advantages, Disadvantages, and Process for Investing in Private Equity
    • Learn about private equity, its benefits, drawbacks, and the procedure for investing in it.

Key Terms

Key terms are defined in the Glossary and appear in bold text in the chapter.

  • allocation
  • interval funds
  • annuitant
  • irrevocable designation
  • Assuris
  • labour-sponsored venture capital corporations
  • beneficiary
  • maturity guarantees
  • business trust
  • notional units
  • Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Inc.
  • Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions
  • closed-end discretionary funds
  • private equity
  • closed-end funds
  • probate
  • contract holder
  • real estate investment trusts
  • creditor protection
  • reset
  • death benefits
  • revocable designation
  • income trust
  • segregated fund
  • individual variable insurance contracts
  • insurable interest

Chapter 22 | Other Managed Products

Learning Objectives

The next sections will elaborate further on the aforementioned managed products and explain them in more detail. For quick reference, definitions of key terms are as follows:

  1. Allocation: The process of distributing resources, typically money, among various investments.
  2. Interval Funds: A type of mutual fund that provides periodic mandatory repurchase offers to its shareholders.
  3. Annuitant: The person who receives the periodic payments from an annuity investment.
  4. Irrevocable Designation: A designation that cannot be changed without the consent of the beneficiary.
  5. Assuris: An organization that protects Canadian policyholders in the event that a life insurance company fails.
  6. Labour-Sponsored Venture Capital Corporations: Government-sponsored venture capital funds designed to encourage the investment in small to medium-sized businesses.
  7. Beneficiary: An individual who is entitled to receive benefits from a specific arrangement, such as a trust or insurance policy.
  8. Maturity Guarantees: Guarantees that offer full or partial protection to the capital invested in insurance contracts at their maturity date.
  9. Business Trust: A legal entity created to manage a business or specific assets on behalf of its beneficiaries.
  10. Notional Units: Units used in determining the performance of an investment without representing actual ownership.

Diagrams and Charts

For a visual understanding of the topics discussed, accompanying charts and diagrams can be included. Beneath is a sample of a mermaid diagram detailing the structure of Segregated Funds vs. Mutual Funds:

    flowchart TD
	    A[Investment] -->|Contributions| B(Segregated Funds)
	    A --> C(Mutual Funds)
	    B --> D[Insurance Guarantee in Case of Death or Maturity]
	    C --> E[No Guaranteed Returns]

Key Takeaways

  • Segregated funds offer protection in the form of guarantee benefits, making them different from standard mutual funds.
  • Labour-Sponsored Venture Capital Corporations provide tax benefits but come with higher risk levels.
  • Closed-end funds have a fixed number of shares and trade on the open market, distinguishing them from open-ended funds.
  • Income Trusts offer a means to distribute income from operations directly to investors and come in various forms such as REITs and business trusts.
  • Private Equity involves investing in private companies and can yield higher returns, but also carries more risk and illiquidity.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

**Q1: What are segregated funds? **A1: Segregated funds are investment funds sold by insurance companies that provide guarantees in case of death or maturity.

Q2: What are the advantages of Labour-Sponsored Venture Capital Corporations? A2: They can provide significant tax credits and support local small and medium businesses.

Q3: How do closed-end funds differ from mutual funds? A3: Closed-end funds have a fixed number of shares and trade on stock exchanges whereas mutual funds issue and redeem shares on demand.

Q4: What is an income trust? A4: An income trust is a type of investment fund structured to hold income-producing assets and distribute regular payments to unitholders.

Q5: What makes private equity investing different from public equity investing? A5: Private equity involves investing in private companies not listed on stock exchanges, usually offering higher returns at higher risk and liquidity constraints.

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## Which of the following best describes a segregated fund? - [ ] A type of mutual fund that invests in government securities - [ ] A savings account with high interest rates - [ ] A direct investment in real estate - [x] An insurance product that includes both investment and insurance benefits > **Explanation:** Segregated funds offer features of both investment funds and insurance products, typically providing benefits such as maturity and death guarantees. ## What is a key feature of labour-sponsored venture capital corporations? - [x] They invest in small to medium-sized businesses for growth and create jobs - [ ] They only invest in high-risk markets - [ ] They can only be held by corporate investors - [ ] They primarily deal in foreign exchange > **Explanation:** Labour-sponsored venture capital corporations focus on fostering growth in small to medium-sized businesses, typically within regional economies or specific sectors, and are designed to create employment. ## Closed-end funds are characterized by which of the following? - [x] They have a fixed number of shares that trade on a stock exchange - [ ] They allow for new shares to be created at any time - [ ] They invest exclusively in international markets - [ ] Shares can only be bought directly from the fund > **Explanation:** Closed-end funds are listed on stock exchanges, and their shares are not redeemable through the fund itself but are traded among investors. ## What is the primary characteristic of income trusts? - [ ] They guarantee income regardless of market performance - [ ] They invest strictly in government bonds - [x] They distribute income generated by underlying assets to unit holders - [ ] They are not subject to market regulations > **Explanation:** Income trusts typically invest in assets that generate steady cash flows, which are then distributed to unit holders in the form of income. ## Which of the following best defines private equity? - [ ] Publicly traded stock - [ ] A government savings bond - [x] Investment in private companies not listed on public stock exchanges - [ ] Buying real estate properties > **Explanation:** Private equity involves investment in private companies, often with the aim of enacting operational improvements and increasing their value before eventually selling the investment. ## One potential disadvantage of investing in labour-sponsored venture capital corporations is: - [ ] High liquidity - [x] High management fees and limited liquidity - [ ] Guaranteed high returns - [ ] Minimal risk > **Explanation:** Labour-sponsored venture capital corporations often entail high management fees and limited liquidity, which can be disadvantageous for investors. ## Which term refers to a life insurance benefit that pays a set amount upon the annuitant's death? - [ ] maturity guarantees - [ ] probate - [x] death benefits - [ ] reset > **Explanation:** Death benefits refer to the predetermined payment made by an insurance policy to the beneficiary upon the death of the annuitant. ## In the context of segregated funds, what does the term "maturity guarantees" mean? - [ ] Guaranteed annual dividends - [ ] Guaranteed entry into markets - [ ] A set limit to how much can be invested - [x] A promise that a certain percentage of the original investment will be returned at the end of a specified term > **Explanation:** Maturity guarantees ensure that the investor will receive a specified percentage of their original investment back at the end of the contract term, typically 75% or 100%. ## Which regulatory body oversees insurance companies in Canada? - [ ] Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) - [x] Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) - [ ] Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) - [ ] Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) > **Explanation:** The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is the regulatory body responsible for overseeing insurance companies in Canada. ## What is Assuris? - [ ] A company that insures against stock market losses - [ ] A type of mutual fund - [x] A not-for-profit organization that protects Canadian policyholders if their life insurance company fails - [ ] A government program for retiree benefits > **Explanation:** Assuris is a not-for-profit organization in Canada that protects life insurance policyholders in the event their life insurance company fails.

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In this section

  • 22.1 Introduction
    An introduction to other types of managed products beyond mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, detailing their structure, regulations, and taxation.
  • 22.2 Segregated Funds
    Detailed overview of segregated funds, their unique features, structure, and advantages in the Canadian investment landscape.
    • 22.2.1 Regulation Of Segregated Funds
      Learn about the regulatory framework governing segregated funds in Canada, including provincial guidelines, the role of Assuris, and licensing requirements.
    • 22.2.2 Structure Of Segregated Funds
      Learn about the structure of segregated funds in the context of the Canadian securities industry. Discover the roles of the contract holder, annuitant, and beneficiary, and understand the legal aspects of segregated fund contracts.
    • 22.2.3 Segregated Fund Features
      A comprehensive guide on the unique features of segregated funds, including maturity guarantees, death benefits, and creditor protection, among others.
    • 22.2.4 Taxation Of Segregated Funds
      Discover the intricate details of how segregated funds are taxed in Canada, including the process of income allocation, tax treatment of guarantees, and the implications for death benefits.
    • 22.2.5 Segregated Funds Compared To Mutual Funds
      An in-depth comparison of segregated funds and mutual funds, exploring their legal status, regulators, guarantees, and other key differences.
  • 22.3 Labour-sponsored Venture Capital Corporations
    Explore the advantages and disadvantages of Labour-Sponsored Venture Capital Corporations (LSVCCs). Gain insights into this unique investment structure designed to support small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) backed by labour organizations.
    • 22.3.1 Advantages Of Labour-sponsored Funds
      Explore the advantages of Labour-sponsored Venture Capital Corporations (LSVCCs), including the significant tax credits available for Canadian investors and how these investments can enhance savings within registered accounts.
    • 22.3.2 Disadvantages Of Labour-sponsored Funds
      Explore the disadvantages of Labour-sponsored Venture Capital Corporations (LSVCCs), including high risk, complex redemption processes, and high administrative costs, making them suitable only for high-risk-tolerant investors.
  • 22.4 Closed-end Funds
    Learn about the features and structure of closed-end funds in the context of the Canadian Securities Course. This comprehensive guide covers the basic principles, advantages, and disadvantages, and provides insights into how these investment vehicles operate.
  • 22.5 Income Trusts
    Learn about the different types of income trusts, including Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and business trusts, and understand how they operate, trade, and compare in the Canadian securities market.
    • 22.5.1 Real Estate Investment Trusts
      Learn about Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), including their structure, benefits, risks, and function within an investment portfolio. Discover how REITs provide liquidity, professional management, and a stable income stream, making them a viable option for both small and large investors.
    • 22.5.2 Business Trusts
      An in-depth guide on business trusts, including their structure, benefits, examples of types of business trusts, and inherent risks.
    • 22.5.3 Income Trust Taxation
      Learn about the taxation principles for income trusts, including the differences between general income trusts and Canadian REITs.
  • 22.6 Listed Private Equity
    An in-depth guide to understanding listed private equity, its benefits and risks, various investment methods, and its role in the financial markets with examples of leveraged buyouts, venture capital, growth capital, and more.
  • 22.7 Summary
    An in-depth summary of key features of various managed products, including segregated funds, LSVCCs, closed-end funds, income trusts, and private equity.
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