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AGF Announces New Partnership with U.S. Advisory Firm FFCM, LLC

August 25, 2015 • Announcements

AGF Investments Inc. (AGF) today announced a new partnership with FFCM, LLC (FFCM), a Boston-based advisor who currently manages a family of market and sector neutral ETFs and a number of ETF managed strategies.

“We are excited to announce this new strategic partnership. It reinforces our commitment to innovative solutions that focus on risk mitigation, while offering broad market exposure,” said Blake C. Goldring, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AGF Management Limited. “FFCM’s expertise builds on our core competency in managing quantitative solutions for investors.”

FFCM and Highstreet Asset Management Inc. (Highstreet) will take over portfolio advisor duties relating to AGF U.S. AlphaSector Class, effective August 31, 2015. At the same time, the Fund’s name will change to AGF U.S. Sector Class.

Following the portfolio advisor change, AGF U.S. Sector Class will employ a combination of FFCM’s sector model with Highstreet’s market risk model to provide U.S. equity market exposure in a dynamic, risk aware manner that focuses on limiting downside volatility for investors.

Both Highstreet and FFCM share a common philosophy that there are fundamental factors that drive returns in the market and through a quantitative approach, these factors can be analyzed and employed to drive alpha.

“The combination of FFCM and Highstreet offers investors all the opportunities of market participation with the assurance of a proven approach to managing volatility,” said Kevin McCreadie, President and Chief Investment Officer, AGF Investments Inc. “We will continue to look for ways to optimize the strengths of these two firms for the benefit of our clients.”


Founded in 2009, FFCM, LLC is a Boston-based investor advisory firm founded with a vision to provide investors efficient and inexpensive exposure to investment factors through a family of ETFs and investment strategies otherwise limited to institutional investors. The leadership team at FFCM has extensive experience in ETF structuring, operations and management.


Founded in 1998 and based in London, Ontario, Highstreet Asset Management Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of AGF Management Limited. Highstreet provides discretionary money management services to high-net-worth investors, individual investors and their families, foundations, pension plans, and institutional investors. At Highstreet’s foundation lies empirically based research and the combination of quantitative and fundamental investing. The investment process incorporates ongoing monitoring and risk management through Highstreet’s proprietary risk system.


AGF Management Limited is one of Canada's premier independent investment management firms with offices across Canada and subsidiaries around the world. AGF's products include a diversified family of mutual funds, mutual fund wrap programs and pooled funds. AGF also manages assets on behalf of institutional investors including pension plans, foundations and endowments as well as for private clients. With over $35 billion in total assets under management, AGF serves more than one million investors. AGF trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol AGF.B.


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