AGF Emerging Markets Fund Wins Lipper Award for best 10-year returns

AGF Elements Yield Portfolio also awarded trophy for best three-year performance

TORONTO, Feb. 4 /CNW/ - AGF Emerging Markets Fund continued its reign of success at the 2011 Canadian Lipper Awards ceremony in Toronto winning the award for best 10-year returns in its category. In addition, AGF Elements Yield Portfolio was rewarded for having the best three-year returns in the Global Fixed Income Balanced category.

This win by AGF Emerging Markets Fund, managed by AGF's Global Equity Team, builds on its recognition as having the best three-year and five-year returns among direct competitors at the 2010 Canadian Lipper Awards. In addition, last December, the Fund won its fifth Emerging Markets Equity Fund Award at the 2010 Canadian Investment Awards.

"We are pleased that Lipper has once again recognized the impressive track record of AGF Emerging Markets Fund and the talent of Portfolio Manager Patricia Perez-Coutts and the AGF Global Equity Team," said Martin Hubbes, Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer with AGF Investments. "The team brings a wealth of diversity and experience to money management and continues to deliver solid returns for investors."

Working with approximately $1.7 billion in assets as of December 31, 2010, AGF Emerging Markets Fund is five-star rated by Morningstar for risk adjusted returns. The team seeks to uncover long-term investment opportunities trading at attractive valuations with strong earnings growth dynamics and employs a disciplined bottom up stock selection process to provide consistent, long-term growth for investors.

AGF Elements Yield Portfolio also won a trophy for the best three-year returns in the Global Fixed Income Balanced category, managed by AGF Investment Inc. This is the Portfolio's second Canadian Lipper award.

"In today's markets, people are looking for investments that can offer stable monthly income, which is precisely what this award-winning managed asset product provides," said Gordon Forrester, Executive Vice-President, Marketing and Product Strategy and Development. "AGF Elements Yield Portfolio is popular with clients looking for a diversified portfolio of income, bond and equity funds while preserving capital and offering long-term growth."

With approximately $225.4 million in assets as of December 31, 2010, AGF Elements Yield Portfolio has a five-star rating from Morningstar.

The Lipper Fund Awards recognize funds that have excelled in delivering consistently strong risk-adjusted performance, relative to peers.

About the Lipper Fund Awards
The Lipper Fund Awards are part of the Thomson Reuters Awards for Excellence, a global family of awards that celebrate exceptional performance throughout the professional investment community. The Thomson Reuters Awards for Excellence recognize the world's top funds, fund management firms, sell-side firms, research analysts, and investor relations teams. The Thomson Reuters Awards for Excellence also include the Extel Survey Awards, the StarMine Analyst Awards, and the StarMine Broker Rankings. For more information, please contact market.awards@thomsonreuters.com or visit excellence.thomsonreuters.com.

About AGF Management Limited
AGF Management Limited is one of Canada's premier independent investment solutions firms with offices across Canada and subsidiaries around the world. AGF's products include a diversified family of award-winning mutual funds, AGF Elements portfolios, the Harmony asset management program, Acuity's Alpha wrap program as well as pooled funds, closed end funds, separately managed accounts and Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) products managed by Acuity. AGF also manages assets on behalf of institutional investors including pension plans, foundations and endowments as well as for private clients. In addition, AGF Trust is a complementary business that offers GICs, loans and mortgages through the financial advisor and mortgage broker channels. With approximately $52 billion in total assets under management, AGF serves more than one million investors. AGF trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol AGF.B.

SOURCE AGF

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For media inquiries, contact AGF Public Relations & Public Affairs:

Allie Kelly
416-367-1900, Ext. 2112
allie.kelly@agf.com
  Amanda Marchment
416-865-4160
amanda.marchment@AGF.com


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