TORONTO, Feb. 9 /CNW/ - BetaPro Management Inc. ("BetaPro"), the manager of the Horizons BetaPro exchange traded funds ("ETFs"), is pleased to announce the listing of North America's first
non-leveraged ETF that offers exposure to the daily price performance
of copper futures contracts. The Horizons BetaPro COMEX® Copper ETF
(the "Copper ETF" or "HUK") will begin trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") today under the ticker symbol HUK.
HUK is BetaPro's third offering that offers investors the opportunity to
gain exposure to market changes in copper futures contracts.
"Back in June of 2010, we launched the first leveraged copper futures
ETFs in North America, listed on the TSX as HKU and HKD. Since then,
copper prices have reached record highs and global interest in this
important metal has increased. With HUK we are expanding our ETF line
up to give investors more choice to gain exposure to copper prices," said Howard Atkinson, President of BetaPro.
Mr. Atkinson pointed out that, outside of going directly to the futures
markets, the only way investors can get access to copper through an ETF
structure is indirectly through ETFs that track base metal equities.
"In our view, using an ETF linked to the return of copper futures is the
most direct and efficient way to invest in copper," Mr. Atkinson said. "While past performance is not indicative of future performance, investors who have bought copper over the last six months have been
well-rewarded, as it is generally viewed that the economic recovery in
the emerging markets such as China has led to increases in demand for
this metal, which is an essential commodity for industrialization and
The Copper ETF seeks investment results, before fees, expenses,
distributions, brokerage commissions and other transaction costs, that
endeavour to correspond to the performance of the COMEX® copper futures
contract for a subsequent delivery month. The Copper ETF is denominated
in Canadian dollars. Any U.S. dollar gains or losses as a result of the
Copper ETF's investment will be hedged back to the Canadian dollar to
the best of its ability.
HUK has closed the initial offering of its units and will begin trading
on the TSX today, when the market opens this morning.
About BetaPro Management Inc. (www.betapro.ca)
BetaPro manages the Horizons BetaPro family of exchange traded funds
(the "Horizons BetaPro ETFs"), a broadly diversified range of investment tools with solutions for
investors of all experience levels to meet their investment objectives
in a variety of market conditions. The Horizons BetaPro
ETFs include several types of structures: single, inverse, leveraged
and spread ETFs. BetaPro is a subsidiary of Jovian Capital Corporation
(JOV:TSX), with assets under management ("AUM") of approximately $2.3 billion as of January 31, 2011, amongst 47
ETFs. Its subsidiary, AlphaPro Management Inc., Canada's largest
provider of actively-managed ETFs, has approximately $560 million of
AUM as of January 31, 2011. Together under the Horizons ETFs brand, the
two companies offer more than 60 ETF solutions with almost
$2.9 billion of AUM as of January 31, 2011.
Horizons BetaPro Bull Plus and Bear Plus ETFs ("HBP Plus ETFs") use leveraged investment
techniques that magnify gains and losses and result in greater
volatility in value. HBP Plus ETFs are subject to leverage risk and,
along with Horizons BetaPro Single exchange traded funds ("HBP Single
ETFs", collectively "HBP ETFs"), are subject to aggressive investment
risk and price volatility risk, which are described in the HBP ETFs'
prospectuses. Each HBP Plus ETF seeks a return, before fees and
expenses, that is either 200% or -200% of the performance of a
specified underlying index, commodity or benchmark (the "Target") for a single day. Each HBP Single ETF seeks a return that is 100% of the performance of
a Target. Due to the compounding of daily returns, an HBP Plus ETF's returns over periods other than one
day will likely differ in amount and possibly direction from the
performance of their respective Target(s) for the same period.
Investors should monitor their holdings, as frequently as daily, to
ensure that they remain consistent with their investment strategies.
Commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with
the HBP ETFs. HBP ETFs are not guaranteed, their values change
frequently and past performance may not be repeated. All
trademarks/service marks are registered by their respective owners and
licensed for use by BetaPro Management Inc. and none of the owners
thereof or any of their affiliates sponsor, endorse, sell, promote or
make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in the
HBP ETFs. Complete trademark and service-mark information is available
at www.hbpetfs.com/pub/en/Trademark.aspx. Please read the prospectus before investing.
SOURCE BetaPro Management Inc.
For further information:
Howard Atkinson, President, BetaPro Management Inc., (416) 777-5167