TORONTO, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - BMO Investments Inc., the manager of BMO Mutual
Funds, today announced proposed changes to the Declarations of Trust of all of
the Funds organized as trusts, other than the LifeStage Plus Funds.
BMO Investments Inc. is proposing to amend and restate the Declaration of
Trust of each of the Funds in the form of a Master Declaration of Trust to
simplify and update the administration of the Funds.
"We believe that an updated Master Declaration of Trust will allow for
greater uniformity in the administration of the Funds and will allow the Funds
to more efficiently meet the regulatory standards and industry best practices
of today and tomorrow," said Ed Legzdins, President and CEO, BMO Investments
The Funds have an Independent Review Committee (the "IRC") that provides
independent oversight and advice to the manager. BMO Investments Inc. referred
this change to the IRC for its review and input as required by securities
regulation. The IRC was of the opinion that the proposed change will achieve a
fair and reasonable result for the Funds and provided a positive
recommendation to BMO Investments Inc.
Certain Funds require unitholder approval to implement this change.
These funds include:
BMO T-Bill Fund BMO International Index Fund
BMO Money Market Fund BMO International Equity Fund
BMO AIR MILES(R)+ BMO European Fund
Money Market Fund BMO Japanese Fund
BMO Premium Money Market Fund BMO Special Equity Fund
BMO Bond Fund BMO U.S. Special Equity Fund
BMO Monthly Income Fund BMO Resource Fund
BMO Asset Allocation Fund BMO Precious Metals Fund
BMO Dividend Fund BMO Global Science & Technology Fund
BMO Equity Index Fund BMO Emerging Markets Fund
BMO Equity Fund BMO U.S. Dollar Money Market Fund
BMO U.S. Equity Index Fund BMO U.S. Dollar Equity Index Fund
BMO U.S. Growth Fund
BMO U.S. Equity Fund
If the move to a Master Declaration of Trust is approved by unitholders,
certain Funds intend to offer a multi-series structure which will enable the
Funds to offer additional investment options that will help investors more
effectively meet their objectives.
If approved, it is anticipated that the changes will become effective
shortly after the unitholder meetings on or about October 22, 2007.
About BMO Investments Inc.
BMO Investments Inc. is a member of the BMO Financial Group and part of
the organization's Private Client Group. The Private Client Group provides
integrated wealth management services in Canada and the United States and had
total assets under management and administration and term investments of
$277.19 billion as at July 31, 2007.
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