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First Asset Funds Inc. Announces August, 2006 Distributions

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 21, 2006) - First Asset Funds Inc. announces the following confirmed distributions for the month ending August 31, 2006. In all cases, the distribution will be paid on or before September 15, 2006 to unitholders of record on August 31, 2006.

First Asset Fund Inc. also announces that the August distribution will be the last distribution for First Asset Equal Weight Small-Cap Income Fund (the "Small-Cap Fund") prior to its scheduled merger with First Asset Equal Weight REIT Income Fund (the "REIT Fund"). As announced earlier this month, upon the merger the former unitholders of the Small-Cap Fund will become unitholders of the REIT Fund and in that capacity they will be eligible to receive any distribution announced by the REIT Fund for the month ended September 30, 2006, provided they are a unitholder of record of the REIT Fund on September 29, 2006.

Name TSX
Symbol
Distribution
Amount
(per unit)
TSX
trading
price per
(Aug. 18/06)
Annualized
Yield(a)
Pre-Tax
Interest
Equivalent(b)
First Asset Yield Opportunity FAY.UN $0.1458 $23.00 7.61% 8.92%
Preferred Securities Income Fund PFS.UN $0.12 $19.70 7.31% 10.48%
Preferred Securities Limited Duration Fund - Series A PLD.UN $0.1042 $19.90 6.28% 9.00%
Preferred Securities Limited Duration - Series B PLD.U US
$0.0417
US
$7.90
6.33% 9.08%
Global 45 Split Corp. - Class A GFV $0.10 $12.70 9.45% 13.54%
First Asset Equal Weight REIT Income Fund RIT.UN $0.0625 $11.10 6.76% 8.51%
First Asset Pipes & Power Income Fund EWP.UN $0.05833 $8.59 8.15% 9.56%
First Asset Equal Weight Small-Cap Income Fund FAS.UN $0.06042 $8.28 8.76% 11.03%
First Asset/BlackRock North American Dividend Achievers™ Trust BDA.UN $0.05 $9.00 6.67% 9.55%
Payout Performers™ Income Fund PPF.UN $0.05 $9.00 6.67% 9.55%
Split REIT Opportunity Trust - Capital Units SOT.UN $0.07813 $14.52 6.46% 9.25%
(a) Based on trading price as at close on August 18, 2006 (b) Estimated. Based on Ontario tax rates

For further information, please call Rob MacNiven, Investor Relations, First Asset Funds Inc. at 416-642-1289 or 1-877-642-1289, or visit www.firstassetfunds.com.