Desjardins launches four new funds and one new portfolio

In response to market volatility, a weak Canadian dollar and stagnant interest rates

LÉVIS, QC, May 2, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - "The four new funds and the portfolio we are launching give advisors a wider range of options so they can better meet the needs of their members and clients who want more personalized investment solutions," says Éric Landry, Vice-President of Investment Solutions with Desjardins Wealth Management. "Given the market volatility we are seeing, the low Canadian dollar and stagnant interest rates, investors should take advantage of their advisors guidance to optimize their investment strategies so they can plan for the future."

The new Desjardins American Equity Growth Currency Neutral Fund is a fund that uses Canadian dollars to invest in American companies. This currency hedging minimizes the effects of exchange rate fluctuations on investment returns. 

The Desjardins IBrix Global Bond Fund can be used to increase income potential so investors can benefit from global economic diversity. The Fund uses a systematic and transparent approach to optimize investors' investment strategies.

The Desjardins IBrix Low Volatility Emerging Markets Fund takes an innovative approach to minimizing portfolio fluctuations while benefiting from the growth of companies in emerging economies.

The Desjardins Canadian Preferred Share Fund is designed to provide investors with dividend income to optimize net returns from the fixed income portion of non-registered portfolios, while offering access to the preferred share market.

Finally, the Melodia 100% Equity Growth Portfolio is being added to the Melodia family of portfolios, which offer turnkey solutions to growth-hungry investors. This portfolio offers exposure to Canadian, U.S. and international markets.

About Desjardins Group

Desjardins Group the leading cooperative financial group in Canada and the sixth largest cooperative in the world, with assets of $248.1 billion. It has been rated one of the Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt. To meet the diverse needs of its members and clients, Desjardins offers a full range of products and services to individuals and businesses through its extensive distribution network, online platforms and subsidiaries across Canada. Considered North America's strongest bank according to Bloomberg News, Desjardins has one of the highest capital ratios and credit ratings in the industry.

Desjardins Funds are not guaranteed, their value fluctuates frequently and their past performance is not indicative of their future returns. Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses may all be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the prospectus before investing.  Desjardins Funds are offered by such registered dealers as Desjardins Financial Services Firm, a mutual fund dealer belonging to Desjardins Group that distributes the Funds in caisses throughout Quebec and Ontario, as well as through Desjardins Business centres.


SOURCE Desjardins Group

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