Toronto, December 12, 2007 – Criterion Investments Limited (“Criterion”) announced today that it has called a special meeting of unitholders of the Criterion Diversified Commodities Currency Hedged Fund (the “Trust”) to consider an enhancement to the investment strategy of the Trust. The meeting will be held in Toronto on January 7, 2008.
Index Proposal: With a view to strengthening value for unitholders, Criterion Investments is recommending that the Fund switch its investment in notes linked to the Dow Jones-AIG Commodity Index Total ReturnSM to notes linked to the AIG Basis Select Strategy Total ReturnSM.
The Basis Select Strategy (“BSS”) has been developed recently by AIG Financial Products and is used by some of its institutional clients. Criterion believes that the BSS is a superior approach for investors seeking broad commodities exposure. Investors are encouraged to review the meeting circular, which provides greater background on the BSS. Aside from the change in index, the Fund would continue to have the same investment objectives, the same investment structure and the same fee load.
Future Investment Strategy Change Proposal: The Manager is also recommending a change to the Fund’s Declaration of Trust to give the Manager greater flexibility to make changes to the investment strategy of the Fund. Most mutual fund managers have the ability to make changes to investment strategy without unitholder approval as long as they do not change the Fund’s fundamental investment objectives.
A management information circular describing the proposals in greater detail has been mailed to unitholders and filed on SEDAR. Unitholders of record at the close of business on November 30, 2007 will be entitled to receive notice of and vote at the special meeting. The proposals remain subject to receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals.
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