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NEI Investments

Head office:
Toronto, ON
Assets Managed:
$7.4 Billion (2018-02-28)

"No one knows our network of independent sub-advisors quite like the NEI Investment Team, which allows us to see the world through multiple lenses. This unique perspective enables them to tactically and strategically manage our asset allocation solutions in varying market cycles."

- Fred Pinto, SVP, Head of Asset Management

Company Profile

NEI Investments is 100% Canadian owned—50% by Desjardins Group and 50% by the Provincial Credit Union Centrals. NEI Investments exclusively partners with both global leaders and boutique investment management firms to operate its lineup of mutual funds; managing over $7.4 billion in assets for individual investors.

NEI focuses on true active management and a disciplined risk management process. Through its portfolio manager section and monitoring process, offers a comprehensive breadth of product line-up and strategies; that are typically reserved to pension funds and high net worth clients—offering investments as solutions that are designed to meet the needs of investors today.


Investment Approach

The NEI Investment Team uses a top-down asset allocation approach to manage the active underlying components of the investments they oversee. The Team regularly collaborates to discuss a broad range of economic, valuation and market sentiment viewpoints. These inputs along with a deep familiarity with each sub advisors strategy style and bias help them determine asset allocation decisions – whether they be for strategic or more tactical investment objectives.

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Funds Managed icon Funds Managed

Name Lead Managers Inception Date Category Morningstar Profile
NEI Balanced RS Fund John Bai
Yufei Man
1989-06-01 Canadian Equity Balanced A F
NEI Balanced Yield Portfolio John Bai
Yufei Man
2014-12-17 Global Neutral Balanced A F P PF T
NEI Conservative Yield Portfolio John Bai
Yufei Man
2016-01-11 Global Fixed Income Balanced A F P PF
NEI Jantzi Social Index Fund John Bai 2001-03-30
2008-02-28
Canadian Focused Equity A F
NEI Tactical Yield Portfolio John Bai
Yufei Man
2010-09-01 Tactical Balanced A F P PF T

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John Bai, CFA

VP & Chief Investment Officer, Aviso Wealth and NEI Investments

John joined NEI in May of 2019 and is responsible for the firm’s asset allocation and investment strategy, sub-advisor research and due diligence, and is a key partner in building strong relationships with our advisor community in both the Credit Union and Intermediary channels.

John brings more than 25 years of investment industry experience, having worked for some of Canada’s top financial institutions. Prior to joining NEI, John led product and investment teams at Merrill Lynch Canada, TD, Dynamic Mutual Funds and HollisWealth. There he founded and chaired asset allocation and investment portfolio committees, led manager oversight activities and was responsible for research teams that covered equities, fixed income, mutual funds, ETFs and alternative products.

John holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Toronto and is a CFA Charter holder.

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Yufei Man, CFA, CAIA

Director & Portfolio Manager

Yufei Man is a portfolio manager and a member of the NEI Asset Allocation Committee. He joined NEI Investments in 2013. Previously, he was an Associate at Orchard Asset Management. Yufei has been in the financial industry since 2011. He received a BASc in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto and holds both the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation.