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First Asset Announces Update on Merger of Preferred Share Investment Trust

Toronto, October 26, 2016 - Further to its press release dated August 15, 2016, First Asset Investment Management Inc. ("First Asset"), the manager of Preferred Share Investment Trust (the "Fund") (TSX: PSF.UN), announces that the Fund will merge into First Asset Preferred Share ETF (TSX: FPR) (the "ETF") after the close of business on Tuesday, November 1, 2016.

Unitholders will not be required to take any action in connection with the merger. After the merger, former unitholders of the Fund will become unitholders of the ETF. The merger will be completed on the basis of an exchange ratio determined with reference to the net asset value per unit of the Fund and of the ETF as at the close of business on November 1, 2016. First Asset will confirm the exchange ratio and completion of the merger by way of a press release.

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

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