AGF's Award-Winning Funds Recognized at 2012 Lipper Awards

TORONTO, Feb. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - AGF Emerging Markets Fund extended its award-winning streak at the 2012 Canadian Lipper Awards ceremony in Toronto last night winning the best 3-year and 5-year returns in the Emerging Markets Equity category. AGF Global Resources Class was also awarded for having the best 5-year returns in the Natural Resources category.

Managed by Patricia Perez-Coutts and AGF's Global Equity Team, this latest honour builds on a winning record for AGF Emerging Markets Fund, which includes:

  • 2010 Canadian Lipper Awards - Best 3-year and 5-year returns in the Emerging Markets Equity category
  • 2011 Canadian Lipper Awards - Best 10-year returns in the Emerging Markets Equity category
  • Morningstar® Canadian Investment Awards - Six-time winner for Best Emerging Markets Equity Fund
  • 2011 Fundata "A" FundGrade Award

The five-star Morningstar rated AGF Emerging Markets Fund is ideal for investors looking to benefit from the long-term growth potential of developing nations. The seven-member team of portfolio managers and analysts hail from four different continents and speak a total of 10 languages. They have all had experience living or working in an emerging markets country.

"These wins are a testament to the strength, depth and quality of our investment management team and reflect our commitment to excellence in money management," said Martin Hubbes, AGF's Executive Vice-President, Investments and Chief Investment Officer. "We are pleased that Lipper has recognized the impressive track records of both AGF Emerging Markets Fund and AGF Global Resources Class."

Managed by Robert Lyon and AGF's Resources Team, AGF Global Resources Class also continued its reign of success earning a trophy for best 5-year returns in the Natural Resources Equity category. This win builds on the recognition Lyon and the AGF Resources Team have received over the last year, including:

  • Investment Week Fund Manager of the Year 2011 Awards - United Kingdom
  • The Mining Journal - Fund Management Award for Outstanding Achievement 2011- United Kingdom
  • Brendan Wood International - 50 TopGun Investment Minds in Canada
  • 2011 Fundata "A" FundGrade Award

The four-star Morningstar rated AGF Global Resources Class is a specialty equity fund that provides exposure to the global resource market, including gold, oil and precious metals. Lyon provides leadership for all of AGF's resource-focused portfolios and works closely with the AGF research teams to combine a global top-down view with detailed bottom-up analysis.

"At AGF we are proud of a strong product line-up that offers something for every investment style and life stage. The latest accolades in the emerging markets equity and natural resources categories emphasize the choice and diversity of our award-winning funds," said Gordon Forrester, Executive Vice-President, Product and Marketing and Head of Retail.

The Lipper Awards honour the funds, hedge funds, and fund management firms that have delivered stronger and more consistent performance than their peers. Lipper's proprietary fund rating methodology is used to determine the winners. This quantitative approach ensures that the Lipper Awards are performance-based and objective.

Learn more about AGF's Award Winning History.

About the Lipper Fund Awards

The Lipper Fund Awards, which recognize funds with at least 36 months of performance history that have excelled in delivering consistently strong risk-adjusted performance relative to peers and use the Lipper Leader for Consistent Return methodology to designate award winning funds, 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 on the Thomson Reuters Awards, please contact market.awards@thomsonreuters.com or visit excellence.thomsonreuters.com and for detailed information on the Lipper Fund Award, please visit www.lipperweb.com.

About AGF Management Limited

AGF Management Limited is one of Canada's premier independent investment management firms with offices across Canada and subsidiaries around the world. AGF's products include a diversified family of award-winning mutual funds, mutual fund wrap programs and pooled funds. 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 over $47 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.

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