NEW: First Asset Enhanced Short Duration Bond ETF (TSX: FSB) - Actively managed by Marret Asset Management
TORONTO, September 12, 2017 - First Asset Investment Management Inc. ("First Asset") is pleased to announce that First Asset Enhanced Short Duration Bond ETF (the "ETF") has closed the initial offering of its units (the "Units") and the Units will commence trading today on the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") under the ticker symbol FSB. The ETF anticipates launching a class of US dollar denominated units (the "US$ Units") in October, 2017. The US$ Units will trade on the TSX under the ticker symbol FSB.U.
The ETF will be co-managed by Barry Allan, President and Chief Investment Officer and Paul Sandhu, Vice President and Portfolio Manager of Marret Asset Management Inc.
The ETF’s investment objective is to provide absolute returns through interest income and capital gains and its risk objective is to have very low volatility and positive returns over any twelve month period. FSB will primarily invest in debt instruments across the credit spectrum including cash, government debt, investment-grade corporate debt, high-yield corporate debt, government debt futures, convertible debentures and credit derivatives. FSB's strategy will primarily focus on US and Canadian corporate bonds and will include the use of government bond futures to manage the duration of the fund according to the volatility objectives. To minimize interest rate volatility, the ETF would typically target an overall portfolio duration of less than 2 years. It is intended that at all times (i) at least 90% of the non-Canadian currency exposure attributable to the Units will be hedged to the Canadian dollar and (ii) at least 90% of the non-U.S. currency exposure attributable to the US$ Units will be hedged to the U.S. dollar.
"We are excited to expand our current partnership with First Asset with today's launch. First Asset Enhanced Short Duration Bond ETF is designed to generate positive returns in any interest rate environment while also maintaining very low volatility."
Barry Allan, President and Chief Investment Officer, Marret Investment Management Inc.
About Marret Asset Management Inc.
Marret Asset Management Inc. is a Toronto-based alternative asset manager specializing in global and Canadian income investing. The firm was founded in 2001 by Barry Allan. Mr. Allan is backed by a highly experienced team of portfolio managers and research analysts. Marret has established particular expertise in investing in investment-grade and high yield corporate debt, and alternative strategies on behalf of institutional, high net worth and retail clients.
For further information, please call First Asset at 416-642-1289 or 1-877-642-1289 or visit www.firstasset.com.
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