BMO Investments Inc. Introduces Two New International Funds to Help Canadians Invest Globally

  • BMO International Equity Fund and BMO Japan Fund provide access/exposure to equity markets with different return drivers than Canadian markets
  • International markets can add value based on different political, economic, and monetary stimulus
  • International investing improves home-biased Canadian portfolios, as they may be overly exposed to cyclical resource-based investments

TORONTO, Aug. 17, 2017 /CNW/ - BMO Investments Inc. (BMOII) has launched two new funds designed to help Canadian investors diversify sector exposures and offset Canadian market concentration by adding international exposure to their portfolios.

BMO International Equity Fund: provides exposure to international equity markets, which are expected to continue to rebound based on accommodative monetary policy and lessening political risks. International economies are more diversified by sector and have limited exposure to resource companies compared to Canada.

BMO Japan Fund: provides access to Japanese equity markets, which are expected to benefit from stronger export-stimulated economic growth. The Japanese economy has more exposure to industrial and consumer companies and has limited exposure to resource companies compared to Canada.

"Many Canadian investors have a large portion of their portfolio invested in their home market, yet Canada represents only four per cent of global equity markets," said Kevin Gopaul, Head of BMO Global Asset Management Canada. "BMO International Equity Fund and BMO Japan Fund help build better portfolios by adding exposure to international markets that have different return drivers than Canadian markets."

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Forward-Looking Statements
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About BMO Financial Group
Established in 1817, and currently marking its 200th year of operations, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services provider based in North America. With total assets of $719 billion as of April 30, 2017, and more than 45,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.

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For further information: Media Contacts: Alicia Skrinjar, Toronto, alicia.skrinjar@bmo.com, (416) 867-3996; Valérie Doucet, Montreal, valerie.doucet@bmo.com, (514) 877-8224


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