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First Asset Investment Management Inc. Announces Launch of Core ETFs: Smart Solutions that Provide Comprehensive Market Coverage

Toronto, January 20, 2015 - First Asset Investment Management Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of two of our new "Core" ETFs designed to give exposure to optimized portfolios that incorporate value, momentum, volatility and dividend factor construction in single solutions that address Canadians' real world investment needs in a simple, yet comprehensive way.

"First Asset Core Canadian Equity ETF and First Asset Core U.S. Equity ETF will provide broad and diversified exposure to their target markets. Advisors have asked us for a comprehensive solution that incorporates all of our smart-beta methodologies to use as core holdings in portfolios, and these ETFs are the result."
Barry Gordon, President and CEO, First Asset Investment Management Inc.

First Asset Core Canadian Equity ETF
The First Asset Core Canadian Equity ETF's investment objective is to seek to provide holders of its units with: (i) long term capital appreciation with an attractive risk-adjusted rate of return; and (ii) consistent dividend income; through investing the First Asset ETF's portfolio to gain exposure to equity securities of primarily large capitalization Canadian issuers.

First Asset Core U.S. Equity ETF
The First Asset Core U.S. Equity ETF's investment objective is to seek to provide holders of its units with: (i) long term capital appreciation with an attractive risk-adjusted rate of return; and (ii) consistent dividend income; through investing the First Asset ETF's portfolio to gain exposure to equity securities of primarily large and mid-capitalization U.S. issuers.

First Asset will use a proprietary multi-factor portfolio optimization strategy to allocate the assets of the Core ETFs in order to try to create well-diversified portfolios with strong fundamentals.

First Asset Core ETFs

TSX Ticker Symbols


Common Units

Advisor Units

First Asset Core Canadian Equity ETF

 

CED

 

CED.A




First Asset Core U.S. Equity ETF




Hedged Units

CES

CES.A


Unhedged Units

CES.B

CES.D


Unhedged USD$ Units

CES.U

CES.V

The First Asset Core Canadian Equity ETF will be denominated in Canadian dollars. First Asset Core U.S. Equity ETF will be offered in hedged and unhedged CAD$ and USD$ versions to provide investors with the flexibility to choose whether they want exposure to the underlying currencies. An advisor series of each class will also be offered.

First Asset Core Canadian Equity ETF and First Asset Core U.S. Equity ETF have closed the initial offering of their units, and the common class units will begin trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") today.

First Asset - Smart SolutionsTM
First Asset is an independent investment firm, focused on providing smart, low cost solutions that address the real-world investment needs of Canadians - capital appreciation, income generation and risk mitigation. Rooted in strong fundamentals, First Asset’s smart solutions strive to deliver better risk-adjusted returns than the broad market while helping investors achieve their personal financial goals.

For further information, please call Investor Relations, First Asset at 416-642-1289 or 1-877-642-1289 or visit www.firstasset.com.

This communication is intended for informational purposes only. This offering is made only by prospectus. The prospectus contains important detailed information about the ETF and its units. A copy of the prospectus may be obtained from your investment advisor, First Asset or at www.sedar.com. Investors should read the prospectus before making an investment decision. Commissions, trailing fees, management fees and expenses all may be associated with investments in the ETF. The ETF is managed by First Asset Investment Management Inc.

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