TORONTO, Monday, April 8, 2013 - Further to its press release on March 26, 2013, First Asset Investment Management Inc. ("First Asset") announces that effective immediately it will temporarily close First Asset Morningstar Emerging Markets Composite Bond Index ETF (TSX: EXM and EXM.A) (the "Fund") to new subscriptions. Though no new units of the Fund will be issued at this time, previously issued units will continue to trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
The decision to temporarily close the Fund to new subscriptions results from the "character conversion" measures in the 2013 Federal Budget which effectively prevent the Fund from investing new subscription proceeds indirectly through the existing forward agreement.
First Asset intends to reopen the Fund to new subscriptions once it has implemented changes that will permit the Fund to pursue its investment objectives both directly and indirectly, through the continued use of the existing forward agreement until it expires in September, 2015.
First Asset anticipates that the changes will be implemented before the end of May, 2013, and will provide more details in a notice that it will send to unitholders as soon as possible and in any event not later than 30 days before such changes are implemented.
For further information, please call Rob MacNiven, Investor Relations, First Asset Investment Management Inc. at 416-642-1289 or 1-877-642-1289 or visit www.firstasset.com.
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