TORONTO, May 18, 2016 - Marret Investment Grade Bond Fund (the "Fund") (TSX: MIG.UN) announced that at a special meeting held today, unitholders approved the conversion of the Fund from a closed-end fund to an actively managed exchange-traded fund (the "ETF Conversion"). The Fund will modify its investment objectives, strategies and restrictions, fee structure and make certain other organizational changes in connection with the ETF Conversion. After the implementation of the ETF Conversion, Marret Asset Management Inc. ("Marret") will continue to provide portfolio advisory services to the Fund. Marret's affiliate, First Asset Investment Management Inc., will assume responsibility as manager of the day-to-day administration of the Fund.
The implementation of the ETF Conversion is subject to certain third-party and regulatory approvals, including obtaining a receipt for the final prospectus of the exchange-traded fund. Marret will issue a press release announcing the effective date of the ETF Conversion after the required approvals have been obtained.
The details of the ETF Conversion are described in a management information circular that was mailed to unitholders of record as of April 18, 2016.
About Marret Asset Management Inc.
Marret Asset Management Inc. specializes in fixed income and particularly in high-yield debt strategies. The experienced team of investment professionals is led by Barry Allan, President and Chief Investment Officer. He founded Marret in 2000, following a career at Altamira, Nesbitt Thomson and a Canadian chartered bank, and has over 30 years of experience in credit and fixed-income markets.
About First Asset Investment Management Inc.
First Asset, a CI Financial Company, is a Canadian investment firm delivering a comprehensive suite of smart ETF solutions. As at March 31, 2016, First Asset is the investment fund manager, portfolio advisor and trustee for 36 TSX-listed exchange-traded funds.
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