How It Works
Funds are ranked against their peers based on IFSC fund category. You can read more about a fund category by using the Fund Lookup Tool. Choose a Fund Category on the left and a description of each category will be shown with your results.
Mutual funds and segregated funds, which offer a guaranteed rate of return at maturity, are rated independently. As well, funds that focus on a unique strategy that is not comparable to other funds in a category are not rated. The IFSC calls these the miscellaneous fund category.
Funds often offer different series, corporate classes and foreign-currency versions. All of these variations share the same rating as the core fund. To qualify for a rating the core fund must be at least two-years old and there must be at least six core funds in the fund category for any of the funds in that category to receive a rating.
Funds compete with each other in terms of the best score and hence the best rating. A fund's score is a combination of return and regret and is determined as follows.
On a monthly basis, for each fund, we compute month-by-month returns and subtract from these the return of the 90-day Government of Canada Treasury bill to get what is known as the risk-free return for each month. If this result is positive for any one month, it contributes to the fund's return. If it is negative, it contributes to the fund's regret.
We then use an averaging method across each of these returns and regrets, with increasing weight on the most recent data, to derive a final measure for return and regret for each fund. The final score for a fund is then computed as the return score minus an adjusted regret score, where the adjustment factor for the regret component is unique for each fund category.
Using the final scores for each of the core funds in an asset class, we rank them and then allocate a star rating for each. The top 10 per cent of funds receive a five-star rating, the next 22.5 per cent a four-star rating, the middle 35 per cent a three-star rating, the next 22.5 per cent a two-star rating and the bottom 10 percent of funds a one-star rating.
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