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Canada is home to many great companies that make excellent investments. But the world has so much more to offer for investors who venture beyond Canada’s borders. A portfolio that invests in a wide variety of geographically diverse asset classes is a strong, resilient portfolio – one that can deliver a return in line with that of many of its equity components but with lower risk. That can mean a smoother ride in tough markets.

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Today’s investors are looking for more global investment options. RBC Global Portfolios bring together our strong global equity and global fixed income capabilities in a new solution – drawing on over 30 years of experience building and managing asset allocation solutions.

Canadians may not realize how much of their wealth is tied to Canada. Your home, your income and your pensions could all be focused here. So could your investments.

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46.6% Real estate
14.7% Funds, stocks and bonds (Domestic)
21.9%  7.2% Funds, stocks and bonds (Foreign)
14.4% Pensions, insurance, CPP/QPP
11.9% Cash and GICs
5.1% Private mortgages and businesses

Source: Investor Economics Household Balance Sheet Report 2021, data as of December 2020

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A smoother investment experience

As you invest globally, you add the benefits of far greater diversification to your portfolio. When one region is performing poorly, another could be enjoying stronger performance. This can help you achieve more stable returns over the long term.

More opportunity

Canada accounts for just under 3%1 of the world’s capital markets. So tapping into the vast investment universe outside Canada creates greater opportunities to increase your wealth. You can:

  • Access the growth and innovation that’s happening in other parts of the world.
  • Invest in sectors that are under-represented in Canada, such as healthcare and technology.

The same principle applies even more strongly on the fixed income side. The global market is much larger – so there are many options to diversify. Global diversification can provide important sources of returns and protect your portfolio during cyclical downturns.

1Source: Bloomberg, as of June 19, 2019 Percent of world market capitalization of listed domestic companies.

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Source: Bloomberg, as of December 2021
This graphic illustrates the percent of world market capitalization of listed domestic companies.

Inside RBC Global Portfolios

Bringing you the world in one sophisticated package

  1. Active management: We actively monitor and rebalance your Portfolio to keep it well positioned as markets fluctuate.
  2. Underlying fund selection: Each RBC Global Portfolio is built using a blend of RBC, PH&N, BlueBay and RBC iShares solutions. We make sure that these underlying funds meet our selection criteria and that they are fulfilling their purpose within your Portfolio.
  3. Tactical asset allocation: The asset mix of your portfolio is tactically adjusted to either reduce risk or earn potentially higher returns as economic conditions and financial markets change.
  4. RBC Investment Policy Committee (IPC): Develops the tactical asset mix strategies in your Portfolio.
  5. RBC GAM Investment Strategy Committee (RISC): Led by the Chief Investment Officer and including our senior investment professionals, RISC develops economic and market forecasts.
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What type of world-wise investor are you?

You can choose from 5 options, designed to fit your investing preferences and personal situation. Each solution holds a specially selected mix of mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. As the exposure to equities in the portfolio increases, so too does the level of risk – along with the potential for higher returns.

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Many options, one goal

To balance growing your investments with strong risk management in global markets, each RBC Global Portfolio is built using a blend of RBC Funds, PH&N Funds, BlueBay Funds and RBC iShares® ETFs.

RBC Portfolio Solutions Insights – Inside the mind of an investor

The human brain uses shortcuts and patterns to process information and make decisions quickly. This can be effective when learning a new language, picking up a new skill or making dinner plans. But it can lead to behavioural biases that can cause us to think and act in curious ways. Particularly when it comes to investing.

Learn more

To lean more about RBC Portfolio Solutions, speak to an advisor.


Please consult your advisor and read the prospectus or Fund Facts document before investing. There may be commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses associated with mutual fund investments. Mutual funds are not guaranteed; their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. RBC Funds, PH&N Funds and BlueBay Funds are offered by RBC Global Asset Management Inc. and distributed through authorized dealers. RBC iShares ETFs are comprised of RBC ETFs managed by RBC Global Asset Management Inc. and iShares ETFs managed by BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited ("BlackRock Canada"). iShares is a registered trademark of BlackRock, Inc., or its subsidiaries in the United States and elsewhere. Used under licence.