‘ Horizons ’

CI First Asset debuts first ESG ETF with global impact fund

Dec 9th, 2019 | By
Rohit Mehta, President of CI First Asset ETFs

Canadian ETF issuer CI First Asset has launched its first fund aimed at environmental, social, and governance (ESG) conscious investors: the CI First Asset MSCI World ESG Impact ETF (CESG CN) on NEO Exchange. Rohit Mehta, President of CI First Asset ETFs, said the fund provides “a meaningful way for investors to diversify their portfolios while allocating capital towards some of today’s most pressing global issues.”


Horizons lowers fees on Canadian banks, REITs, and preferred shares ETFs

Dec 2nd, 2019 | By
Steve Hawkins, President and CEO of Horizons ETFs.

Horizons ETFs has lowered the management fees on three Toronto-listed ETFs providing exposure to Canadian banking stocks, REITs, and preferred shares. Steve Hawkins, President and CEO of Horizons ETFs, said, “Not only will these ETFs be offered at lower fees than most other similar competitor products, but these ETFs also have the added value of offering low potential for tracking error, which can be an issue, particularly with income-generating ETFs like preferred shares.”


Horizons cuts fees on three thematic technology ETFs

Nov 6th, 2019 | By
Steve Hawkins, President and CEO of Horizons ETFs.

Horizons ETFs Canada has reduced the management fee on ETFs providing exposure to blockchain technology, industry 4.0, and robotics and automation. Steve Hawkins, President and CEO of Horizons ETFs, commented, “We have implemented significant management fee reductions to align the ETFs in our line-up and to further enhance their appeal for investors seeking to invest in the long-term growth potential of these technologies.”


Horizons launches equity growth ETF portfolio

Sep 16th, 2019 | By
Steve Hawkins, President and CEO of Horizons ETFs.

Horizons ETFs has expanded its suite of asset allocation solutions with the launch of a new ETF portfolio on Toronto Stock Exchange. The Horizons Growth TRI ETF Portfolio (HGRO CN) is structured as an ETF of ETFs and provides 100% developed market equity exposure by investing in other Horizons ETFs. Steve Hawkins, President and CEO of Horizons ETFs, commented, “While mutual funds may have historically dominated the one-ticket-solution investing space…today’s Canadian marketplace is seeing significant demand from retail and institutional investors for one-ticket ETF solutions.”


RBC iShares launches three new asset allocation ETFs in Canada

Aug 14th, 2019 | By
Pat Chiefalo, Head of Canada, Invesco ETFs & Indexed Strategies

RBC iShares, the brand name for the joint venture between RBC Global Asset Management and BlackRock Canada, has introduced three new asset allocation ETFs on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Pat Chiefalo, Managing Director, Head of iShares, BlackRock Canada, commented, “Since launching our iShares Core ETF Portfolios, Canadian investors and advisors have shown tremendous enthusiasm for our one-ticket multi-asset ETF solutions…We’re excited to add three ETFs to the suite, to help meet the range of investors’ goals and risk profiles.”


ETF strategists threatened by competition from issuers, finds Cerulli

Jul 22nd, 2019 | By
Non-transparent ETFs provide issuers and asset managers with renewed optimism

Over three-quarters (77%) of ETF strategists have rated competition from ETF issuers as the most significant challenge to their businesses, up significantly from 33% in 2016, according to financial research firm Cerulli Associates. The survey results reflect the proliferation of ETF managed portfolios offered by issuers that leverage the cost synergies of using their own ETFs in the portfolio construction process. Daniil Shapiro, Associate Director at Cerulli Associates, commented, “The fees that strategists charge for their asset allocations can appear excessive when compared with the zero-cost allocations frequently available from issuers that generate revenue from the expense ratios of their underlying ETFs.”


Horizons introduces world’s first inverse and leveraged marijuana ETFs

May 23rd, 2019 | By
Steve Hawkins, President and CEO of Horizons ETFs.

Horizons ETFs Canada has launched two new ETFs on Toronto Stock Exchange which are the world’s first to provide inverse and leveraged exposure to marijuana-related stocks. The funds provide twice the daily return and inverse daily return, respectively, of the North American MOC Marijuana Index of North American publicly listed companies with significant business activities in the marijuana industry. Steve Hawkins, President and CEO at Horizons ETFs, said, “[The ETFs] will give Canadian marijuana equity investors the opportunity to potentially generate returns in both positive and negative markets in the marijuana sector.”


Horizons launches Canada’s first uranium ETF

May 20th, 2019 | By
Nick Piquard, Portfolio Manager and Options Strategist at Horizons ETFs.

Horizons ETFs has launched Canada’s first ETF to provide pure-play thematic exposure to the global uranium sector. The Horizons Global Uranium Index ETF (HURA CN) has listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and comes with a management fee of 0.75%. The fund is linked to the Solactive Global Uranium Pure-Play Index which covers relevant developed market companies globally that have market capitalizations greater than C$40m. Nick Piquard, Portfolio Manager at Horizons ETFs, commented, “Nuclear is the only viable solution to supply zero-emission-base-load-power, and currently, there is not enough uranium being mined to meet planned growth. These factors combined make for a very positive opportunity for the uranium mining sector.”


Horizons launches passive US marijuana industry ETF

Apr 18th, 2019 | By
Global X joins the cannabis party with new thematic ETF

Horizons ETFs Canada has launched the first passive ETF worldwide to provide targeted exposure to the US marijuana industry. The Horizons US Marijuana Index ETF has listed on NEO Exchange and is offered with a management fee of 0.85%. Steve Hawkins, President, and CEO of Horizons ETFs, commented, “As the global market leader in cannabis funds, we have the experience and expertise to deliver sought-after passive exposure to this early-stage and complex sector.”


Horizons launches tax-efficient Canadian preferred share ETF

Feb 27th, 2019 | By
Steve Hawkins, President and CEO of Horizons ETFs.

Horizons ETFs Canada has launched a new fund which provides tax-efficient exposure to Canadian preferred shares. The Horizons Laddered Canadian Preferred Share Index ETF (HLPR CN) has listed on Toronto Stock Exchange and comes with a management fee of 0.40%. Steve Hawkins, President and CEO of Horizons ETFs, commented, “ETFs have been a popular strategy for investors seeking access to preferred shares because they offer a one-ticket solution to the complexities and illiquidity of investing in this asset class.”