TORONTO, September 13, 2016 - First Asset Investment Management Inc. ("First Asset") is pleased to announce the launch of First Asset Canadian Buyback Index ETF (TSX: FBE) and First Asset U.S. Buyback Index ETF (TSX:FBU). Both will commence trading today on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
"For the first time, CIBC's Proprietary Equity Index Strategies will be available to retail investors through ETFs. First Asset Canadian Buyback Index ETF and First Asset U.S. Buyback Index ETF represent an excellent opportunity to invest with a unique strategy that favours high quality firms, while also enjoying the benefits of the ETF structure, including transparency, tax efficiency, liquidity and low cost."
President and Chief Executive Officer
First Asset Investment Management Inc.
Access to Quality Companies with Low Share Price Volatility and Tax Efficiency
FBE and FBU are the only ETFs in Canada that provide access to a portfolio of equity securities of quality companies with active share buyback programs that have significantly and consistently reduced their issued and outstanding share count. Companies selected for inclusion in these indexes typically demonstrate strong cash flows and lower share price volatility. Additionally, share buybacks are typically a more tax efficient method of returning value to shareholders than dividends. FBE is designed to replicate, to the extent possible, the performance of the CIBC Canadian Buyback Index and FBU is designed to replicate, to the extent possible, the performance of the CIBC U.S. Buyback Index, in each case net of expenses.
CIBC Share Buyback Indexes
The CIBC Canadian Buyback Index and the CIBC U.S. Buyback Index were developed by CIBC World Markets Inc. based on empirical evidence that shows that highly profitable companies with excellent core business models often have cash flows that exceed the required re-investment needed to support intrinsic growth and such cash flows are frequently used to implement share buyback programs. Each Index uses a proprietary rules-based methodology to select its constituent securities. In order for stocks to be included in the Canadian & U.S. buyback indices, companies must demonstrate both sufficient buyback activity and frequency in reducing their shares outstanding.
CIBC is a Canadian Schedule I bank that, among other things is a leading provider of quantitative index strategies in Canada and the United States with solutions offered across multiple asset classes (equities, commodities, FX and rates). CIBC's index clients include retail investors, asset managers, pension plans and insurance companies. CIBC's index family provides factor, trend, curve, hedging and thematic based investing. CIBC indices facilitate exposure to various asset classes in a systematic, transparent and cost-efficient manner.
First Asset - Smart SolutionsTM First Asset, a CI Financial Company, is a Canadian investment firm delivering a comprehensive suite of smart ETF solutions. 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:
First Asset Investor Relations, 416-642-1289 or 1-877-642-1289 or www.firstasset.com
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