CI First Asset MSCI USA Low Risk Weighted ETF (CAD Hedged)

Fund Overview

The Fund has been designed to replicate, to the extent possible, the performance of the MSCI USA Risk Weighted Top 150 Index (CAD Hedged) (the "Index"), net of expenses. The Index is based on a traditional market capitalization weighted parent index, the MSCI USA Index, which includes US large and mid-capitalization stocks. Constructed using a simple, but effective and transparent process, each security of the parent index is reweighted so that stocks with lower risk are given higher index weights. The final constituents of the Index are determined by ranking these security level risk weights and taking the top 150 subset securities. The Index seeks to emphasize stocks with lower historical return variance and tends to have a bias towards lower size and lower risk stocks. Historically, the Index has exhibited lower realized volatility in comparison to its parent index, while maintaining reasonable liquidity and capacity. The Index is hedged to the Canadian dollar by notionally "selling" each foreign currency forward at the one-month forward exchange rate at the end of each month. The investment strategy of the Fund is to invest in and hold the constituent securities of the Index. It is intended that, except as described in the prospectus, at all times at least 90% of the foreign currency denominated assets held by the Fund attributable to the Units will be hedged back to the Canadian dollar.

Investor suitability
For those who:

  • want US equity exposure on a CAD hedged basis
  • are primarily focused on risk mitigation
  • want to receive regular quarterly cash flows (if any)
  • Can tolerate low to medium risk.


RWU 6.21%8.89%-9.05%-6.20%-1.19%6.71%6.95%7.59%8.20%10.24%
As at: 31 Jul 2020 - Benchmark: S&P 500 Index (Total Return) (CAD Hedged)


Historical NAVs

Sector Breakdown

As at July 31, 2020

The indicated rates of return are the historical annual compounded total returns, including changes in unit value and do not take into account sales, redemption or optional charges or income taxes payable by a security holder that would have reduced returns.

The S&P 500 Index (CAD Hedged) tracks 500 large-cap U.S. stocks representing all major industries. The Index is used as a benchmark to help you understand the Fund`s performance relative to the general performance of the broader U.S. equity market on a currency hedged basis.

Key Facts

Index Characteristics

Number of Securities149
Price/Earnings Ratio26.89
Price/Book Ratio3.56
As at 31 Jul, 2020

Index Risk Return Measures

Time period: 12/31/1998 to 07/31/2020IndexBenchmark
Return (% annualized)8.045.93
Std Dev11.9215.10
Sortino Ratio0.680.43
Up Capture47.98100.00
Down Capture30.52100.00
As at 31 Jul, 2020
Index: MSCI USA Risk Weighted Top 150 Index (CAD Hedged)
Benchmark: S&P 500 TR Index (CAD Hedged)


Distribution details (.csv)

Twelve month trailing distribution yield : 1.54% (as at 11 Aug 2020)

RWUTotalCashReinvestedEligible dividendsNon eligible dividendsOther incomeCapital GainsReturn of capitalForeign IncomeForeign tax paid
2020 +$0.14210$0.14210--------
2019 +$0.29240$0.24240$0.05000---$0.15206-$0.16511$0.02478
2018 +$0.26200$0.23600$0.02600----$0.00075$0.30668$0.04543
2017 +$0.18580$0.18580-----$0.08921$0.11368$0.01709
2016 +$0.30600$0.17650$0.12950---$0.13070$0.00007$0.20610$0.03087
2015 +$0.17140$0.17140-----$0.00158$0.20043$0.03061
2014 +$0.48890$0.23390$0.25500---$0.34211$0.00380$0.16823$0.02524

(1) Future distribution dates may be amended at any time. (2) Reinvested distributions are not paid in cash but instead remain invested in the Fund. To recognize that these distributions have been allocated to investors for tax purposes the amounts of these distributions should be added to the adjusted cost base of the units held. (3) The characterization of distributions for tax purposes (such as dividends/other income/capital gains etc.) will not be known for certain until after the Fund's tax year end. Therefore investors will be informed of the characterization of the amounts distributed for tax purposes only for the entire year and not with each distribution. For tax purposes these amounts will be reported by brokers on official tax statements.


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22 Apr, 2020 - ETF Facts

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Proxy voting record for the most recent year:

30 Jun, 2019 - Proxy Voting Record

30 Jun, 2018 - Proxy Voting Record

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