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Horizons ETFs announces December 2018 distributions for certain ETFs (INOC)

TORONTODec. 20, 2018 /CNW/ – Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. (“Horizons ETFs“) is pleased to announce the distribution amounts per unit (the “Distributions“) for certain of its exchange traded funds (the “ETFs“), for the 2018 tax year end, as indicated in the table below.

Each ETF is required to distribute any net income and capital gains that they have earned in the year. All of the Distributions indicated as “Cash Distribution per Unit” in the table (the “Cash Distributions”) will be paid in cash unless the unitholder has enrolled in the dividend reinvestment plan (“DRIP”) of the respective ETF.

The annual non-cash Distributions, indicated as “Reinvested Annual Non-Cash Distributions per Unit (Est.)” in the table (the “Non-Cash Distributions”), will not be paid in cash but will be reinvested and reported as taxable Distributions and will be used to increase each unitholder’s adjusted cost base of their units of the respective ETF. The Non-Cash Distributions will be reinvested automatically in additional units of the respective ETFs and immediately consolidated so that the number of units held by the unitholder, the units outstanding of the ETFs and the net asset value of the ETFs will not change as a result of the Non-Cash Distributions. The annual Non-Cash Distribution rates in the table below are presented on an estimated basis. A press release confirming the final annual Non-Cash Distribution rates will be disseminated on or about the record date of the Distributions.

The ex-dividend date for the Distributions is anticipated to be December 28, 2018, for all unitholders of record on December 31, 2018. The Distributions for units of each ETF will be paid in cash or, if the unitholder has enrolled in the respective ETF’s dividend reinvestment plan (“DRIP”), reinvested in additional units of the applicable ETF, on or about January 11, 2019.

Horizons ETFs has made an additional announcement regarding the December distributions for its family of covered call ETFs in a separate press release.

 

View the Press Release

 

ETF Name

Ticker

Symbol

Cash

Distribution

per Unit

Annualized

Yield*

Frequency

Reinvested

Annual Non-

Cash

Distribution

per Unit

(Est.)

Horizons Blockchain Technology & Hardware Index ETF(1)

BKCH

$0.11908

0.68%

Annually

BKCH.U

$0.11908

0.68%

Annually

Horizons Global Sustainability Leaders Index ETF(2)

ETHI

$ 0.01050

0.35%

Quarterly

Horizons Active Corporate Bond ETF

HAB

$ 0.02872

3.28 %

Monthly

Horizons Seasonal Rotation ETF

HAC

Annually

$1.33911

Horizons Active Cdn Bond ETF

HAD

$ 0.02109

2.56 %

Monthly

Horizons Active Intl Developed Markets Equity ETF

HADM

$0.04488

2.01%

Quarterly

Horizons Active Global Fixed Income ETF

HAF

$ 0.02339

3.64 %

Monthly

Horizons Active Emerging Markets Dividend ETF

HAJ

$0.06248

2.01%

Quarterly

$0.11797

Horizons Active Cdn Dividend ETF

HAL

$0.12519

3.39%

Quarterly

Horizons Active US Dividend ETF(3)

HAU

$0.05879

2.03%

Quarterly

$0.08652

HAU.U

$0.05879

2.03%

Quarterly

$0.08652

Horizons Active Global Dividend ETF

HAZ

$0.11939

2.40%

Quarterly

$0.17347

Horizons China High Dividend Yield Index ETF

HCN

$0.40990

6.62%

Quarterly

$1.64109

Horizons Active Emerging Markets Bond ETF

HEMB

$ 0.03543

4.36%

Monthly

Horizons S&P/TSX 60 Equal Weight Index ETF

HEW

$0.07421

2.31%

Quarterly

Horizons Active Floating Rate Preferred Share ETF

HFP

$ 0.03014

4.41%

Monthly

Horizons Active Floating Rate Bond ETF

HFR

$ 0.02054

2.48%

Monthly

Horizons Managed Global Opportunities ETF

HGM

$0.06669

1.30%

Semi-Annual

Horizons Cdn Insider Index ETF

HII

$0.07320

2.96%

Quarterly

Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF(4)

HMMJ

$ 0.28760

7.70%

Quarterly

HMMJ.U

$ 0.28760

7.70%

Quarterly

Horizons Active Cdn Municipal Bond ETF

HMP

$ 0.01700

2.09%

Monthly

Horizons Emerging Marijuana Growers Index ETF(5)

HMJR

$0.01168

0.84%

Horizons Canadian Midstream Oil & Gas Index ETF

HOG

$ 0.10848

5.66%

Quarterly

Horizons Active Preferred Share ETF

HPR

$ 0.03142

4.63%

Monthly

Horizons Global Risk Parity ETF

HRA

$0.06502

0.66%

Annually

Horizons Active Floating Rate Senior Loan ETF

HSL

$ 0.04155

5.32 %

Monthly

Horizons Active US Floating Rate Bond (USD) ETF(6)

HUF.U

$ 0.11758

14.13%

Monthly

HUF

$ 0.11758

14.13%

Monthly

Horizons Active High Yield Bond ETF

HYI

$ 0.05918

7.68%

Monthly

Horizons Inovestor Canadian Equity Index ETF

INOC

$ 0.04090

1.81%

Quarterly

Horizons Active A.I. Global Equity ETF

MIND

$0.03185

0.14%

Annually

Horizons Robotics and Automation Index ETF(7)

RBOT

$0.02643

0.15%

Annually

RBOT.U

$0.02643

0.15%

Annually

Canadian ETFs: December’s launches and terminations

In this research report created this week for The Globe And Mail, we look at Canadian ETFs: December’s launches and terminations

Despite December’s volatility spike and stock-market gains for the year completely wiped out, the industry’s AUM grew from $147.1-billion at the end of 2017 to $156.8-billion at the end of 2018, according to data from the Canadian ETF Association (CETFA). 2018 has been a hectic year and we saw trends that contributed to the ascending of the Canadian ETF market:

EXPANDING PRODUCT RANGE

More than a hundred ETFs were launched in 2018, including some innovative products like Vanguard’s ETF suite that provides a single-fund portfolio solution to investors according to their risk tolerance. Thematic ETFs were also among the popular products launched last year. They cover themes such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and environmental, social and governance (ESG). These new ETFs make investing more accessible, whether it is through a one-stop fund or through themes that investors believe in.

LOWER MANAGEMENT FEES

The competitive market drove down fees. In 2018, 35 ETFs had their management fee reduced by two to 35 basis points (bps). Horizons even launched zero-per-cent-management-fee ETF portfolio solutions. In Canada, exchange-traded funds remain considerably cheaper than their mutual fund counterparts. Investors slowly turn to these cheaper solutions as they become aware of the impact of fees on their return.

JUMP IN THE NUMBER OF ETF PROVIDERS

Last year, nine ETF issuers joined the market, bringing the total count of providers to 33. The new players include Scotiabank, one of the five largest banks in Canada, and iA Clarington, whose parent company is Canada’s fourth-largest life and health insurance company. Asset managers are joining the ETF bandwagon at a time when asset flows are moving away from traditional mutual funds toward ETFs. Unfortunately, not all of them are able to make the transition. Five sponsors exited the industry, which were mostly through acquisition by bigger players. For instance, WisdomTree Investments acquired Questrade ETFs, Evolve Funds took over Sphere Investments’ ETFs, Redwood Asset Management was amalgamated into Purpose Investments and Sun Life Global Investments acquired Excel Funds before exiting the market altogether.


While we expect some of the above trends to persist into the new year, the following catalysts will likely have an impact on the industry in 2019:

LIQUID ALTERNATIVES

Liquid alternatives are available to retail investors as of Jan 3, 2019. Liquid alternatives (or liquid alts) are funds that aim to provide diversification and downside protection through exposure to alternative investments. Up until now, alternative strategies were limited to institutional or high-net-worth individuals due to their complex nature. Several liquid-alts ETFs – for example, NBI Liquid Alternatives ETF and Desjardins Alt Long/Short Equity Market Neutral ETF – are waiting to be approved by regulators.

A WAVE OF CLOSURES IS ANTICIPATED

The Canadian ETF product lineup has increased significantly over the past few years. Some of the new ETFs have been very lucrative, attracting more than $300-million in AUM in less than a year of existence, while others did not attract enough assets to break even. Profit to an issuer is determined as a percentage of assets invested in the ETF. ETFs without enough AUM to cover costs will presumably be terminated.

SHIFTS IN MARKET SHARE

While the industry remains heavily concentrated, the market share of the three largest ETF sponsors plunged from 86.8 per cent to 78.2 per cent over a three-year period in December. In 2019, the arrival of new entrants like National Bank Investments and CIBC will cause even more disruption. We are also anticipating consolidations and exits during the year. BlackRock Canada and RBC Global Asset Management, the first and fifth largest ETF providers, already announced that they are being brought together under one new brand – RBC iShares.

Read the full report here.

This article is written by Kimberly Yip Woon Sun, ETF Analyst for Inovestor Inc. 

 

Nasdaq launches Nasdaq Inovestor Global Index

 

Nasdaq launches Nasdaq Inovestor Global Index 

Due to your constant support with regards to the INOC ETF, the Inovestor team is proud to announce the launch of the Nasdaq Inovestor Global Index (NQIGLO) which will be replicating the strategy used in our US and ADR model portfolios. The index is composed of 50 stocks, half of the holdings are US and the rest are international.

Due to the launch of the INOC ETF and the NQIGLO index, we are implementing a conflict of interest policy in relation to our various customers, suppliers and partners. We will now announce trades in our portfolios on the second Friday of the month after markets close.
For more details on the rebalancements, do not hesitate to refer to this article in our support platform.

Dates for the upcoming rebalancements:

US and ADR portfolios 9/03/2018
Canadian portfolio 13/04/2018

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us at service@inovestor.com or by phone on 514-287-0011 ext. 2, it will be a pleasure to respond to your questions.

The Inovestor Team

John Hood’s Top Picks: November 20, 2017 (BNN (Online))

John Hood, president and portfolio manager at J.C. Hood Investment Counsel Inc.
FOCUS: Options and ETFs

_______________________________________________________________

MARKET OUTLOOK

Markets are preoccupied with Keystone, NAFTA and the possibility of Trump’s tax reform going through. Fortunately, Keystone received approval this morning, but this will still be subject to legal skirmishing, so it’s not a done deal. A positive sign, in any sense. My sense is that if tax reform is stalemated, then the “Trump Bump” will be largely wiped off the market, but only temporarily. The fact is that markets have been rising because U.S. companies are making money, so any decline would, in my view, be a buying opportunity. In Canada, even if NAFTA were junked, trade would not stop, but negotiations would persist for months if not years amid much uncertainty. Nevertheless, I like the industrial sectors in Canada and the U.S.

TOP PICKS

John Hood’s Top Picks
John Hood, president and portfolio manager at J.C. Hood Investment Counsel, discusses his top picks: the BMO Equal Weight Industrials ETF, the Horizons Inovestor Canadian Equity Index ETF and the Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund.
John Hood’s Top Picks

John Hood, president and portfolio manager at J.C. Hood Investment Counsel, discusses his top picks: the BMO Equal Weight Industrials ETF, the Horizons Inovestor Canadian Equity Index ETF and the Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund.

I have been complaining on previous shows that there was too much redundancy among Canadian ETFs; most were 65 to 70 per cent financial, energy and materials. However, I had overlooked a small ETF from BMO (ZIN).This search was prompted by Horizons having just launched INOC, which includes industrials with consumer goods and services, some financials and tech. These two ETFs will fill in the blanks for those wanting ETFs that are not so overweight financials and energy.

BMO EQUAL WEIGHT INDUSTRIALS ETF (ZIN.TO)

HORIZONS INOVESTOR CANADIAN EQUITY INDEX ETF (INOC.TO) – financials 24 per cent, consumer goods/services 27 per cent, industrials 32 per cent, tech 8 per cent

INDUSTRIAL SELECT SECTOR SPDR FUND (XLI.US)

 

DISCLOSURE PERSONAL FAMILY PORTFOLIO/FUND
ZIN N N N
INOC N N N
XLI N N N

PAST PICKS: MAY 11, 2017

John Hood’s Past Picks
John Hood, president and portfolio manager at J.C. Hood Investment Counsel, discusses his past picks: the Questrade Russell 1000 Equal Weight U.S. Health Care Index ETF, the BMO European High Dividend Covered Call Hedged to CAD ETF and the Energy Select Sector SPDR.
John Hood’s Past Picks

John Hood, president and portfolio manager at J.C. Hood Investment Counsel, discusses his past picks: the Questrade Russell 1000 Equal Weight U.S. Health Care Index ETF, the BMO European High Dividend Covered Call Hedged to CAD ETF and the Energy Select Sector SPDR.

UPDATE:
I sold the Questrade Fixed Income Core Plus ETF (QCP.TO), which was being merged into a Wisdom Tree bond ETF with overly long duration.

QUESTRADE RUSSELL 1000 EQUAL WEIGHT U.S. HEALTH CARE INDEX ETF HCAD (QRH.TO)
Since Wisdom Tree acquired Questrades ETFs, it is unclear whether this ETF will continue or be substantially changed. I did not own any but had recommended it. I do not like the uncertainty.

  • Then: $21.22
  • Now: $22.35
  • Return: 5.32%
  • Total return: 5.32%

BMO EUROPEAN HIGH DIVIDEND COVERED CALL HEDGED TO CAD ETF (ZWE.TO)

  • Then: $22.54
  • Now: $21.92
  • Return: -2.75%
  • Total return: 0.47%

ENERGY SELECT SECTOR SPDR ETF (XLE.US)

  • Then: $67.98
  • Now: $67.27
  • Return: -1.04%
  • Total return: 0.93%

TOTAL RETURN AVERAGE: 2.24%

DISCLOSURE PERSONAL FAMILY PORTFOLIO/FUND
QRH N N N
ZWE N N Y
XLE Y Y Y

WEBSITE: www.jchood.com

The week in a row (Conseiller.ca (Online))

• PwC Canada acquiert Quotient Juricomptables

La branche canadienne du cabinet d’expertise comptable devient ainsi la plus grande force en juricomptabilité sur le marché québécois. PwC souhaite prendre de l’expansion dans un contexte de besoins grandissants et de plus en plus spécifiques de la part des clients. Tous les détails ici.

• Six prix Lipper 2017 pour les fonds de Placements CI

Le fonds Catégorie de société sciences et technologies mondiales Signature a remporté trois prix, pour s’être classé en tête de liste, sur trois, cinq et dix ans, dans la catégorie Actions mondiales. Les gestionnaires de portefeuille de ce fonds sont Malcolm White et Jeremy Yeung, de l’équipe Signature Gestion mondiale d’actifs. Plus d’informations ici.

• Manuvie, première société d’assurance vie à offrir des obligations vertes

Un montant égal au produit net du fonds doit servir à financer ou à refinancer, en totalité ou en partie, des éléments d’actifs admissibles, nouveaux ou existants, conformes au cadre de référence pour les obligations vertes de Manuvie qui vient d’être publié. Tous les détails ici.

• HSBC : changements importants sur la plateforme de négociation en ligne

L’utilisateur peut désormais remplir automatiquement des fiches d’ordre pour les transactions. Grâce à l’affichage du portefeuille sous forme de graphique, il peut également rapidement voir les gains ou les pertes pour un titre individuel ainsi que pour l’ensemble du portefeuille et comparer et analyser le rendement de ses titres par rapport à d’autres actifs et aux indices de référence du marché. Plus d’informations ici.

• IGM propose des initiatives visant à améliorer son efficacité opérationnelle

La Société a décidé d’abandonner la conception d’un nouveau système de comptabilité des fonds d’investissement. Après avoir procédé à un examen complet de la situation, elle opte plutôt pour une mise à niveau de son système existant, ce qui lui fera réaliser des économies substantielles, entre autres avantages. Tous les détails ici.

• Appel de candidatures : édition 2018 du Prix PDG de l’année Investissement Québec

Ce prix se base sur le caractère innovateur des initiatives et des réalisations des PDG et les retombées de l’administration sur l’organisation ainsi que sur sa contribution au rayonnement de l’industrie des technologies. Tous les PDG de PME en technologies sont invités à soumettre leur candidature avant le 8 janvier 2018 à minuit afin de faire reconnaître leurs réalisations ayant eu un impact significatif pour leur organisation. Plus d’informations ici.

• Gestion de Placements TD modifie ses frais

GPTD a reçu les approbations requises des porteurs de parts pour mettre en place la proposition sur les frais d’administration annoncée précédemment. Ces nouveaux frais d’administration seront payables par chaque Fonds à GPTD qui, en échange, paiera certains frais d’exploitation. Les modifications entreront en vigueur le 1er janvier prochain. Tous les détails ici.

• L’OSBI lance un nouveau site web

Le site offre une convivialité améliorée, une conception adaptée et un processus de plainte simplifié pour les consommateurs dans les deux langues officielles, ainsi que de nouvelles fonctionnalités pour les firmes participantes. Plus d’informations ici.

• Vous voulez vérifier les soldes de vos garanties de Manuvie? Demandez-le à Alexa!

Manuvie lance la fonctionnalité Manulife Benefits conçue pour l’assistant Alexa, d’Amazon. Pour faire le suivi du solde de leurs garanties de soins de la vue, de soins dentaires et d’autres comptes de soins médicaux, les participants à un régime d’assurance collective de Manuvie pourront poser des questions depuis tout appareil connecté à Alexa au Canada, et ce, à compter de décembre 2017. Tous les détails ici.

• FNB Horizons lance un FNB indiciel d’actions canadiennes innovateur

Il a conclu pour cela un partenariat avec Inovestor. Le FNB Horizons Indice d’actions canadiennes Inovestor (INOC) est le premier fonds négocié en Bourse au Canada à offrir une exposition à l’indice Nasdaq Inovestor Canada à un coût avantageux. Plus d’informations ici.

• Fiera Capital présente ses résultats du troisième trimestre de 2017

L’actif sous gestion a atteint 123 milliards de dollars, soit une croissance de 9 % sur douze mois. Les produits ont augmenté de 31 % sur la même période. Quant au résultat net ajusté par action, il s’élève à 0,27 $ au troisième trimestre, contre 0,25 $ sur douze mois. Tous les détails ici.

• Kronos Technologies devient membre entreprise privilégié du CDPSF

Un partenariat qui intervient alors que l’industrie cherche plus de standardisation et de simplicité dans les outils technologiques utilisées par les conseillers. Kronos et ses logiciels sont nés et développés au Canada et sont spécifiquement conçus pour répondre aux besoins de l’industrie ici. Le CDPSF souhaite ainsi offrir à ses membres des services personnalisés, afin qu’ils puissent continuellement développer leurs pratiques. Plus d’informations ici.

A new Horizons ETF composed of Canadian companies (Investment Executive (Online))

Le FNB Horizons Indice d’actions canadiennes Inovestor (symbole INOC), détenant un portefeuille équipondéré de 25 sociétés canadiennes de grande capitalisation soumises à un filtre de croissance positive et d’attributs de valeur, a été lancé aujourd’hui à la Bourse de Toronto.

Le point de repère sous-jacent de ce fonds négocié en bourse est l’indice NASDAQ Inovestor Canada, dont la discipline quantitative ascendante est décrite comme la qualité à un prix raisonnable. L’indice a été conçu par Inovestor Inc., société affiliée au sous-conseiller montréalais Gestion de placements Inovestor.Reposant sur une approche multifactorielle, le processus de filtrage d’Inovestor cherche à identifier les sociétés canadiennes qui affichent un niveau élevé de « profit économique » et qui se négocient à des évaluations attrayantes.

Conformément au prospectus, le profit économique d’une société est estimé en soustrayant son coût du capital de son profit d’exploitation net après impôt. Le premier filtre identifie les 100 premiers titres en fonction de leur profit économique.

Ensuite, on calcule les pondérations sectorielles des 100 premiers titres. Ces pondérations sont appliquées de manière à sélectionner le portefeuille final de 25 titres. Un système de notation employant des critères à la fois de croissance et de valeur repère les meilleurs titres dans chaque secteur.

Cet indice est rééquilibré chaque trimestre. À ce moment-là, de nouveaux titres peuvent être ajoutés au portefeuille et des titres existants peuvent être exclus, aboutissant à un nouveau portefeuille équipondéré. Entre les rééquilibrages, les pondérations de chaque titre peuvent varier.

Les frais de gestion facturés par Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) sont de 0,5 %, sans compter les dépenses d’exploitation.

Horizons launches Canadian equity smart beta ETF (ETF Strategy (Online))

Horizons ETFs has launched the Horizons Inovestor Canadian Equity Index ETF (INOC CN) on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). The ETF gives access to Canadian equities that offer high exposure to the value and quality factors.

The fund, listed on TSX, offers exposure to high-quality companies with attractive valuations.

The ETF tracks the Nasdaq Inovestor CanadaIndex, which was jointly designed by Nasdaq and Inovestor.

The index provides exposure to 25 high-quality Canadian large-cap equities that are reasonably priced and receive the best rankings using Inovestor’s proprietary stock selection model.

Index constituents are equally weighted and rebalanced quarterly.

Steve Hawkins, president and CEO of Horizons ETFs, commented: “As Canadian equities continue to rise, investors are increasingly looking for new ways to search for quality issuers at reasonable prices. INOC harnesses the stock selection power of Inovestor’s StockPointer, which has been one of Canada’s largest stock selection software services for financial advisors during the past two decades.”

INOC uses a six-step investment process that begins with screening the Canadian universe of stocks based on economic profit – a form of residual wealth that occurs when a company pays back its cost of capital from operating profit, adjusted for tax. Economic profit is one way of determining whether capital invested in a company has generated value for investors.

Once the top 100 securities by economic profit are selected, sectors are weighted and the top 25 securities are selected using their StockPointer scores – a 50/50 combination of performance and risk metrics.

Pascal LeFrancois, president and CEO of Inovestor, commented: “Having spent decades perfecting our technique of selecting and ranking equities within our software for advisors and firms, we are excited to be relaying our expertise in investment metrics within an ETF that our clients and the broader public can invest in. Many investors have struggled to determine the true value of various Canadian securities and we believe our investment process helps choose quality stocks at a reasonable price.”

INOC has annual charges of 0.50%.

Horizons launches new Canadian equity ETF (Investment Executive (Online))

Toronto-based Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. has announced the launch of the Horizons Inovestor Canadian Equity Index ETF, which offers low-cost exposure to the Nasdaq Inovestor Canada index (NICI).

Units of the ETF began trading Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol INOC.

INOC has a Canadian-focused equity mandate of holding high-quality Canadian stocks and seeking to replicate the performance of the NICI, which was jointly designed by Montreal-based software company Inovestor Inc. and Nasdaq.

The index consists of 25 equal-weighted large-capitalization, Canadian-listed companies, which are high-quality firms that trade at a reasonable price with the best rankings in Inovestor’s StockPointer stock selection model.

“As Canadian equities continue to rise, investors are increasingly looking for new ways to search for quality issuers at reasonable prices,” says Steve Hawkins, president and co-CEO of Horizons ETFs, in a statement. “INOC harnesses the stock selection power of Inovestor’s StockPointer, which has been one of Canada’s largest stock selection software services for financial advisors during the past two decades.”

“Having spent decades perfecting our technique of selecting and ranking equities within our software for advisors and firms, we are excited to be relaying our expertise in investment metrics within an ETF that our clients and the broader public can invest,” adds Pascal Lefrancois, president and CEO of Inovestor. “Many investors have struggled to determine the true value of various Canadian securities, and we believe our investment process helps choose quality stocks at a reasonable price.”

Horizons ETFs Launches an Innovative Canadian Equity Index ETF (Cision (Online))

New ETF offers an inventive way to screen for quality Canadian equities

TORONTONov. 14, 2017 /CNW/ – Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. (“Horizons ETFs“) is pleased to announce its partnership with Inovestor Inc. (“Inovestor“) on the launch of the Horizons Inovestor Canadian Equity Index ETF (“INOC“). INOC is the first exchange traded fund (“ETF“) in Canada to offer low-cost exposure to the Nasdaq Inovestor Canada Index (“the Index“).

Units of the ETF will begin trading today on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX“) under the ticker symbol INOC.

ETF Name

Ticker

Management Fee

Horizons Inovestor Canadian Equity Index
ETF

INOC

0.50%
(plus applicable sales taxes)

INOC has a Canadian-focused equity mandate of holding high-quality Canadian stocks and seeking to replicate the performance of the Index. The Index was jointly designed by Inovestor and Nasdaq.

The Index is comprised of 25 equal-weighted large-capitalization, Canadian-listed companies, which are high-quality firms that trade at a reasonable price with the best rankings in Inovestor’s StockPointer stock selection model.

“As Canadian equities continue to rise, investors are increasingly looking for new ways to search for quality issuers at reasonable prices,” said Steve Hawkins, President and Co-CEO of Horizons ETFs. “INOC harnesses the stock selection power of Inovestor’s StockPointer, which has been one of Canada’s largest stock selection software services for financial advisors during the past two decades.”

INOC uses a six-step investment process within the ETF that begins with screening the Canadian universe of stocks based on a metric called Economic Profit – a form of residual wealth that occurs when a company pays back its cost of capital from its operating profit, adjusted for tax. Economic Profit is one way of viewing whether capital invested in a company has generated value for investors.

Once the top-100 securities are selected with the Economic Performance Indicator, sectors are weighted and the top-25 securities are selected using a StockPointer score – a 50/50 combination of performance and risk metrics. The ETF is rebalanced quarterly to ensure diversification among the top-25 securities selected and avoid concentration risk.

Inovestor’s StockPointer is regarded as a leading stock selection software among Canadian financial advisors. “Having spent decades perfecting our technique of selecting and ranking equities within our software for advisors and firms, we are excited to be relaying our expertise in investment metrics within an ETF that our clients and the broader public can invest,” said Pascal Lefrancois, President and CEO of Inovestor. “Many investors have struggled to determine the true value of various Canadian securities, and we believe our investment process helps choose quality stocks at a reasonable price.”

INOC has closed its initial offering of units and will begin trading on the TSX when the market opens this morning.

About Inovestor (www.inovestor.com)

Founded in 1999, Inovestor is a leading provider of professional digital financial platforms and services such as the software platforms StockGuide and StockPointer. Leading Canadian investment advisors, banks, insurance companies and exchanges have been relying on Inovestor’s fundamental data and analytics to make optimal investment decisions. Inovestor has offices in Montreal and Toronto in Canada and Greenwich in the U.S.

About Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. (www.HorizonsETFs.com)

Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. is an innovative financial services company and offers one of the largest suites of exchange traded funds in Canada. The Horizons ETFs product suite includes a broadly diversified range of solutions for investors of all experience levels to meet their investment objectives in a variety of market conditions. Horizons ETFs currently has more than $8.9 billion of assets under management and 80 ETFs listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. is a member of the Mirae Asset Global Investments Group.

Horizons ETFs is a member of Mirae Asset Global Investments. Commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with an investment in the Horizons Inovestor Canadian Equity Index ETF managed by Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. (the “ETF”). The ETF is not guaranteed, its values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. The prospectus contains important detailed information about the ETF. Please read the prospectus before investing.

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For further information: Olivia Fazekas, Manager, Content Marketing, PR and Social, Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc., (416) 601-2502, ofazekas@horizonsetfs.com

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