For nearly six decades, AGF has been providing asset management services to institutions and individuals around the globe.
AGF began as a single innovative idea: to pool the funds of Canadian investors to provide greater access to the U.S. market. The American Growth Fund, created in 1957, was the first mutual fund in Canada to invest solely in U.S. equities and its initials, AGF, became the company's namesake.
Our founders, C. Warren Goldring and Allan Manford, set out to build a company that was innovative, focused on clients and driven by superior investment management. Under the leadership of Blake Goldring, Chairman and CEO, we continue our commitment to these ideals.
AGF is a signatory to the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), a global, collaborative network of investors in recognition of the increasing relevance of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues within the investment process. As one of the pioneers in the development of sustainable investing and a sustaining member of the Responsible Investment Association, AGF is committed to responsible investing and considers the investment implications of ESG issues within our portfolio management and investment decision-making processes.
1957 – AGF launches first U.S. equity fund for Canadians, American Growth Fund
1964 – Launch of AGF Canadian Growth Equity Fund
1969 – AGF launches first Japanese equity fund in Canada
1976 – AGF launches first Canadian money market fund
1986 – AGF brings first global government bond fund to Canadians
1991 – AGF extends its reach into Europe with the opening of its Dublin investment office
1994 – AGF opens first Chinese equity fund in Canada
1997 – AGF launches Harmony, the first fee-based wrap program for Canadians
2005 – AGF Elements Portfolios are launched
2006 – AGF acquires 80% of Highstreet Asset Management Inc.
2007 - AGF celebrates the 50 th anniversary of American Growth Fund
2008 – AGF opens Boston office to enhance services to U.S. institutional clients
2009 – AGF circles the globe with a presence in Hong Kong
2010 – AGF offers Emerging Market bond and balanced funds to Canadian retail investors
2011 – AGF acquires Acuity Investment Management Inc.
2012 – AGF launches floating-rate fund in Canada
2013 – AGF offers funds on UCITS platform and opens office in London, England
2013 – AGF launches AGF U.S. AlphaSector Class
2014 – AGF launches InstarAGF Asset Management to offer infrastructure investments to institutional clients
AGF has deep Canadian roots, providing investment advisors and their clients with a wide range of award-winning mutual funds and managed assets programs. Our diversified family of mutual funds features AGF's seasoned investment professionals and includes investment strategies that span the globe within balanced, fixed income, equity and specialty asset categories. AGF Elements provides investors with the essentials of successful investing in one simple solution, through five strategic portfolios. Harmony offers investors independently managed bundled portfolios and pools.
Our Retail Sales team is located in seven offices across Canada and provides regional service to individual advisors and their clients while our Strategic Accounts team serves our corporate distribution partners.
AGF offers a broad spectrum of strategies tailored specifically to the needs of institutional investors including pension plans, foundations and corporate investors. Institutional clients benefit from the depth and breadth of an experienced team of multi-disciplined investment managers. Through sales and service offices strategically situated in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia, AGF is able to provide investment and service excellence to a broad range of clients worldwide.
AGF also includes three independent investment counsel firms: Cypress Capital Management Ltd., Highstreet Asset Management Inc. and Doherty & Associates Ltd. These firms serve private clients in their local regions and provide specialized investment management services. AGF Management Limited also has a 32% interest in Smith and Williamson Holdings Limited in the United Kingdom.
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