Questrade launches six distinctive ETFs, listed on the TSX

TORONTO, March 23, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, Questrade Wealth Management launched Questrade Smart ETFs™ with the listing of six exchange traded funds on the TSX. The six ETFs include four sector ETFs and two U.S. midcap ETFs, all based on Russell Indexes. Questrade Smart ETFs are hedged to the Canadian dollar (CAD), marking the first time investors can access Russell's equal-weight sectors and U.S. midcap equities on the TSX.

Edward Kholodenko, President and CEO of Questrade Financial Group, says: "we entered the ETF space because we saw a gap in ETF offerings for Canadian investors. Our sector ETFs deliver the benefits of diversification with equal-weight strategies. Our U.S. midcap ETFs are designed for exposure to growth and stability. These Smart ETFs are unique in the Canadian marketplace and continue Questrade's commitment to deliver innovative financial products and services to investors."

"In today's marketplace, investors want ETFs that do more than passively track an index," says John Youn, Executive Managing Director, ETFs & Global Structured Products at Questrade Wealth Management Inc. "Questrade Smart ETFs track Russell indices on an equal weight basis. By spreading exposure evenly across the opportunity set, equal-weight indexes avoid the concentration that can occur in market-cap-weighted indexes, giving you the higher upside potential of small cap with the overall stability of large cap. We believe investors, brokers, and investment advisors will find Questrade Smart ETFs can play an important role in a strong, diversified portfolio."

Aligning with the launch, Cabbie Richards interviews James Youn, Senior Portfolio Manager, Questrade Wealth Management, and discover that pro sports and ETFs have a lot in common. Watch video

Questrade Smart ETFs are available to investors through their brokers, investment advisors, as well as Questrade, Inc. clients. The six ETFs launched today include:

  • Questrade Russell US Midcap Value Index ETF Hedged to CAD [QMV]: Invests in mid-sized U.S. companies with good value, while reducing your exposure to U.S. dollar fluctuation.

  • Questrade Russell US Midcap Growth Index ETF Hedged to CAD [QMG]: QMG invests in mid-sized U.S. companies with growth potential.

  • Questrade Russell 1000 Equal Weight US Technology Index ETF Hedged to CAD [QRT]: Allows investors to add large U.S. technology companies to their portfolio (wireless, software, internet software and services, etc.).

  • Questrade Russell 1000 Equal Weight US Health Care Index ETF Hedged to CAD [QRH]: A focus on large U.S. health care companies (pharmaceuticals, bio techs, and healthcare providers and services, etc.).

  • Questrade Russell 1000 Equal Weight US Consumer Discretionary Index ETF Hedged to CAD [QRD]: Invests in large U.S. consumer discretionary companies (retailers, media companies, consumer goods, etc.).

  • Questrade Russell 1000 Equal Weight US Industrials Index ETF Hedged to CAD [QRI]:  A focus on large U.S. companies within the producer durables sector (transportation, defense, heavy equipment etc.).

In November, 2014, Questrade Wealth Management Inc. launched Portfolio IQ™, an online wealth management service. In October, 2014, the firm won the #1 ranking for Brokerage Investor Statements from Dalbar. Also in October, Edward Kholodenko won Entrepreneur of the Year, services category in Ontario. In March, 2014, Questrade was awarded its 3rd consecutive ranking as one of Canada's Best Managed Companies.

This announcement of Questrade Smart ETFs on the TSX completes the initial public offering of units pursuant to a prospectus dated February 10, 2015.

About Russell Indexes
Russell is a pioneer and leader in equity market indexes for investors. Russell Indexes were first introduced in 1984 and, currently, approximately $5.2 trillion in investments assets globally are benchmarked to the Russell family of global indexes. The transparent, rules-based methodology of the Russell family of global indexes offers investors exposure to the true performance of different segments and asset classes of the market. Russell is helping to drive the rapid evolution of the index world, continuing to enhance its market capitalization weighted indexes while creating new "smart beta" indexes that go beyond traditional market capitalization approached while retaining a rules-based and objective composition. Russell's family of global indexes is an important part of Russell's unique set of core capabilities.

About Questrade Financial Group Inc.:
Questrade Financial Group Inc. ("QFG") and its affiliated companies provide financial products and services to Canadians including securities, foreign currency, investment and wealth management. In 2014, Questrade's CEO was named as EY Entrepreneur of the Year (Ontario) in the services category, and since 2011, Questrade has been ranked one of Canada's Best Managed Companies. Questrade Financial Group is headquartered in Toronto.

About Questrade Wealth Management:
Questrade Wealth Management Inc. ("QWM") manages and administers Questrade ETFs and provides professional investment management services through Portfolio IQ. QWM is an investment fund manager and portfolio manager. Commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with exchange traded funds. Please read the prospectus before investing. Exchange traded funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.
QWM is a wholly owned subsidiary of QFG.

Russell 1000® is a registered trademark of Frank Russell Company. The associated trademarks and/or services are used in accordance with a licensing agreement. Smart ETFs is a registered trademark of QWM.

SOURCE Questrade Inc.

Video with caption: "Video - Questrade Smart ETFs™: Cabbie grills Portfolio Manager James Youn; Wondering what Questrade Smart ETFs™ are or how they work? Cabbie Richards (from TSN’s Cabbie Presents) and James Youn (Portfolio Manager at Questrade Wealth Management) are on the case. Can a massive sports fan like Cabbie and an investment expert like James find common ground? Watch the video to find out.". Video available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRVvD9_zOYw&feature=youtu.be

For further information: please contact: Lynn Suderman, Director, Communications, Tel: 416.705.5476

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