David Fingold, vice-president and portfolio manager at Dynamic Funds
Focus: International equities



As bottom-up stock pickers, we don’t make market calls. We have no targets for market averages and do not manage money relative to the indexes. We invest in a concentrated portfolio of high quality companies that we think will do well over the next three to five years. Our most concentrated funds such as the Dynamic Global Discovery Fund own 20 companies, while a more diversified portfolio like the Dynamic Global Dividend Fund owns 25 companies. We also offer actively managed ETFs, including Dynamic iShares Active Global Dividend (DXG) and Dynamic iShares Active US Dividend (DXU) which have up to 25 company portfolios. 

When we own companies that are in cyclical industries, we do have a positive medium-term view of the industry. The industries we presently like include, but are not limited to: banking (JP Morgan), defence (Northrop Grumman, Raytheon), construction (Belimo), semiconductors (Inficon, MKS), automation (Keyence) and composite materials (Schweiter).

Many of the industries we have invested in aren’t deeply cyclical. They include, but are not limited to: natural food ingredients (Frutarom), coffee (Strauss), medtech (Straumann), health insurance (United Health), animal health (Zoetis) and payments (MasterCard).

When we’re negative about an industry, we don’t invest in it at all and assess the impact of negative developments in that industry on our other investments. We’re presently negative about commercial aerospace, automotive, energy and mining and therefore have no investments there at all. We’re also concerned about the extremely high valuation and lack of growth of companies in the utility, REIT and telecom industries and have no investments there.

Investors should consider whether they’re taking appropriate risks with respect to commodity prices, interest rates and currencies. Most investors don’t. They buy the index or use a closet index portfolio manager and take risks they don’t understand.

Simply put, we invest in companies we like and have no exposure to developments in the global economy that concern us.


David Fingold's Top Picks

David Fingold, vice president and portfolio manager at Dynamic Funds, shares his top picks: Keysight Technologies, Keyence Corporation and Hamamatsu Photonics.


Santa Rosa, California-based Keysight provides electronic test equipment. The majority of their business supports wireless network and hardware development and deployment, which will benefit from the rollout of 5G wireless. They also provide equipment used in testing and developing microelectronics.

An important business segment is defence electronics; they’re one of small group of companies that provides equipment to test and design electronics used in defence applications. They also provide some hardware used for signals intelligence.

Originally founded by William Hewlett and David Packard Packard in 1939 as Hewlett-Packard, it spun out of Agilent in 2014.


Keyence is an Osaka, Japan-based manufacturer of sensors and machine vision system used in automation. The demand for automation is being driven by increasing requirements for product quality in excess of what humans are capable of. Also, as labour costs increase and skilled labour becomes increasingly difficult to obtain, the returns to automation investment have increased. While most of their customers are manufacturers, a growing segment includes warehouse automation. They're a fabless semiconductor company and designed many of the chips in their devices.


Based in Hamamatsu City, Japan, this company produces tubes and semiconductor devices that produce and detect light and ionizing radiation. They've a leading market share in production of photomultipliers and scintillators. These products are critical components in life science tools, semiconductor capital equipment, measuring-while-drilling tools and high-energy physics projects. 


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David Fingold's Past Picks

David Fingold, vice president and portfolio manager at Dynamic Funds, reviews his past picks: Schweiter Technologies, Keysight Technologies and Hoya Corporation.


  • Then: 1,297 Swiss francs
  • Now: 1,138 francs
  • Return: -10%
  • Total return: -10%


  • Then: $37.99
  • Now: $52.80
  • Return: 39%
  • Total return: 39%


  • Then: ¥5626
  • Now: ¥5516
  • Return: -2%
  • Total return: -1%


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Dynamic Global Dividend Series F — won a Fundata Canada Inc. FundGrade A+® Awards for 2017
Performance as of: March 31, 2018

  • 1 Month: -1.34% fund, -1.51% index
  • 1 Year: 19.34% fund, 10.40% index
  • 3 Year: 12.33% fund, 9.23% index

* Index: MSCI World C$.Performance is Total Return and net of fees – Series F

Holdings as of: Feb. 28, 2018

  1. Keyence Corp: 5.2%
  2. Frutarom Industries Ltd: 5.0%
  3. Raytheon Company: 4.9%
  4. JPMorgan Chase & Co: 4.9%
  5. UnitedHealth Group Inc: 4.8%

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