AGF Launches Quantitative Investing and ETF Platform -- AGFiQ

And introduces a suite of 7 new QuantShares ETFs to the Canadian market designed to balance risk while providing investors with the opportunity for growth

Listing: TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange)
Symbols: QCD, QUS, QIE, QEM, QGL, QMA, QMY

TORONTO, Jan. 30, 2017 /CNW/ - AGF Investments Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of AGFiQ Asset Management (AGFiQ) – the quantitative investment platform for AGF powered by an intellectually diverse, multi-disciplined team that combines the complementary strengths of investment professionals across AGF and its affiliates from Highstreet Asset Management Inc. (Highstreet) and FFCM, LLC (FFCM) to deliver innovative product solutions around specific client needs and outcomes.

"Innovation has always been at the heart of AGF, dating back to our founders 60 years ago. We were built on the principles of creating a company that was innovative, focused on clients and driven by superior investment management," said Blake C. Goldring, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AGF Management Limited. "The launch of AGFiQ and our offering of ETF solutions is yet another milestone in our commitment to meeting the evolving needs of our clients and partners."

"Our deep expertise lends itself to the creation of custom solutions, including ETF model portfolios, in a variety of vehicles including mutual funds, exchange traded products and portfolios, and separately managed accounts designed to help investors achieve the full spectrum of investment objectives from capital appreciation to risk management," added Goldring.

"We spent a significant amount of time refining our quantitatively-based investment processes and capabilities to unify them under AGFiQ," said Kevin McCreadie, President and Chief Investment Officer, AGF Investments Inc. "Our team of investment professionals builds portfolios with an emphasis on factor-driven investing and our proprietary multi-factor approach allows for intelligent portfolio construction that provide opportunities for total return while also actively managing risk and the potential for losses."

AGF enters the Canadian ETF marketplace with seven new exchange traded funds (ETFs) – four enhanced core options and three multi-asset portfolio solutions designed to deliver better risk-adjusted returns, all of which are actively managed by AGFiQ1 using quantitative research to deliver a disciplined and repeatable outcome.

The new suite of QuantShares ETFs introduced today includes:

Ticker

Fund Name and Objective

Management Fee

QCD

The QuantShares Enhanced Core Canadian Equity ETF seeks to
provide long-term capital appreciation with reduced volatility, over a full
market cycle, by investing primarily in equity securities of issuers in
Canada.

0.45%

QUS

The QuantShares Enhanced Core US Equity ETF seeks to provide
long-term capital appreciation with reduced volatility, over a full market
cycle, by investing primarily in equity securities of issuers in the United
States.

0.45%

QIE

The QuantShares Enhanced Core International Equity ETF seeks
to provide long-term capital appreciation with reduced volatility, over a
full market cycle, by investing primarily in equity securities of issuers in
Europe, Australasia and the Far East.

0.45%

QEM

The QuantShares Enhanced Core Emerging Markets Equity ETF
seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation with reduced volatility,
over a full market cycle, by investing primarily in equity securities of
emerging market issuers.

0.45%

QGL

The QuantShares Global Equity Rotation ETF seeks to provide long-
term capital appreciation by investing, directly or indirectly, including
through exchange-traded funds ("ETFs"), in global equity securities.

0.55%

QMA

The QuantShares MultiAsset Allocation ETF seeks to provide long-
term capital appreciation with reduced volatility by investing, directly or
indirectly, including through ETFs, in global equity and fixed income
securities including securities related to non-traditional asset classes.

0.55%

QMY

The QuantShares MultiAsset Income Allocation ETF seeks to
generate capital growth and regular income by investing, directly or
indirectly, including through ETFs, in global equity and fixed income
securities including securities related to non-traditional asset classes.

0.55%

1. QuantShares ETFs powered by AGFiQ are managed by Highstreet, while the three multi-asset portfolio solutions are sub-advised by FFCM.

 

The initial public offering of each of the QuantShares ETFs has closed and the units of the QuantShares ETFs will commence trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange today under the above-mentioned tickers respectively.

Further information about the new QuantShares funds can be found at AGFiQ.com

About AGF

Founded in 1957, AGF Management Limited (AGF) is a diversified global asset management firm with retail, institutional, alternative and high-net-worth businesses. As an independent firm, we strive to help investors succeed by delivering excellence in investment management and providing an exceptional client experience. Our suite of diverse investment solutions extends globally to a wide range of clients, from financial advisors and individual investors to institutional investors including pension plans, corporate plans, sovereign wealth funds and endowments and foundations.

AGF has investment operations and client servicing teams on the ground in North America, Europe and Asia. With over $34 billion (as at December 31, 2016) in total assets under management, AGF serves more than one million investors. AGF trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol AGF.B.

Commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with an investment in exchange-traded funds. Please read the prospectus or relevant ETF summary document(s) before investing. Exchange-traded funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.

SOURCE AGF

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For further information: Media Contact: Amanda Marchment, Corporate Communications, 416-865-4169, amanda.marchment@agf.com

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