How are your Funds managed?

AGF ETFs are designed to track specific Dow Jones custom indices.

What types of stocks are in the Funds?

Reflecting the composition of the index, AGF will buy and sell baskets of stocks within a specific market index such as the Dow Jones U.S. Market Index.

What are Factors?

Factors are drivers of equity returns that are common across securities. Our ETFs track the Dow Jones indices that use commonly known quantitative factors such as price momentum, value, and quality, beta, and market capitalization.

What are the advantages of using Factors?

Factors have been demonstrated historically to be an uncorrelated source of equity returns that have the potential to enhance the risk-adjusted returns of a portfolio.

What does market neutral mean?

Market neutral means an equal overall dollar exposure to long and short securities. Returns are generated by the performance spread between the long and short positions. A market neutral fund allows for the driver of the fund's performance to be the exposure to individual factors, and therefore returns are not dependent upon market performance.

Why are your funds equal weighted?

Equal weighted portfolios have the same exposure to each stock regardless of the market capitalization of any particular security. For example, AGF U.S. Market Neutral Funds will have approximately a 0.50% weight in each long and short position when it rebalances monthly. This allows the Fund to maximize its factor exposure and minimize stock specific exposure. We use an equal weight approach because a market capitalization approach could lead to outsized weightings in stocks that rank less favorably due solely to their market cap.

Why are your funds sector neutral?

Sector neutral means equal weighting of long and short positions within a fund by sector. This eliminates exposures to any individual sector and allows the specific factors to generate the spread returns.

What are the costs of AGF ETFs?

AGF market neutral ETFs trade on NYSE Arca and may be purchased and sold through a broker similar to any other stock trade. Brokers typically charge a commission to execute these trades. The ETFs are generally comprised of an equal amount of long stock positions and short stock positions. In order to offer an investor a market neutral product, the portfolio managers will engage in short selling trades which incur an additional cost to the Fund. Details of the Funds operating fees may be found in the Fund's prospectus.

Can I short AGFiQ ETFs?

Yes. AGF ETFs may be sold short subject to the terms of your individual brokerage account.

Can AGF ETFs be bought on margin?

Yes. AGF ETFs can be purchased on margin through your brokerage account. Check with your broker for details specific to your account.

How can AGF ETFs be used?

AGF ETFs can be used to potentially 1) increase portfolio diversification, 2) hedge risks in existing portfolios, 3) be part of an asset allocation program and 4) gain factor exposure.

How should I think about combining these funds with more traditional long-only ETFs?

Combining some of AGF ETFs with the market exposure from traditional long only ETFs has the potential to provide stronger risk adjusted returns than that achieved by long only ETFs alone.

Are the Funds tax efficient?

The structural differences between ETFs and mutual funds can materially affect taxable capital gain distributions. Shareholders of AGF ETFs can expect to defer some of their capital gains until they sell their shares. This is different than long-short mutual funds where the managers trading activity in the fund generates capital gains and losses. Further, ETFs may create and redeem shares with in-kind transactions which are not taxable events. It should be noted the create and redeem process is only relevant to long positions and therefore the tax benefits applies only to the long positions.

What is the best source of information to read up on factors?

Most major sell-side firms have quantitative research groups that publish regular pieces on factor investing.

What is the experience of the Funds' portfolio managers?

Our portfolio managers have successfully managed active quantitative equity funds collectively for more than 30 years. These funds include long-only, 130/30, market neutral and enhanced index strategies for both institutional and retail investors.

Are redemption fees charges on AGF ETFs?

There are no redemption fees when AGF ETFs are sold on the exchange. Only customary brokerage fees and other transactional fees apply. When AGF ETFs are redeemed directly from a fund certain fees apply. See the individual AGF ETFs fund prospectuses for details. Because investors will generally be able to sell AGF ETFs at the market price on the exchange through a registered broker or dealer, subject only to customary brokerage commissions and no redemption fees, investors are advised to consult their brokers, dealers or investment advisors before redeeming AGF ETFs.

What are Spread Returns?

Our market neutral ETFs seek to generate positive returns when after expenses, the basket of approximately 200 names that the fund buys(long positions) outperform the basket of approximately 200 names that we sell (short positions). Our ETFs combine bullish and bearish positions within one ETF. The spread return generated between the buys and sells is what is important, not the absolute return of the market.

If the long positions rise more than the short positions the ETFs will generate positive returns. Additionally, if the long positions fall less than the short positions the spread return will be positive. Therefore, regardless of the direction of the overall stock market, up, down or sideways, as long as the long positions outperform the short positions the Fund will have a positive return. Alternatively, the fund will have a negative return when the long positions underperform the short positions regardless of the direction of the market. The performance of the Fund will depend on the differences in the rate of return between these long and short positions. 

Before investing you should carefully consider each Fund's investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other information is in the Fund's prospectus. Please read the prospectus carefully before you invest. Click here for prospectus.

Risks: There is no guarantee that the Funds will achieve their objective. An investment in the Funds is subject to risk including the possible loss of principal amount invested. The risks associated with each Fund are detailed in the prospectus and include, but not limited to, tracking error risk, mid-cap risk, industry concentration risk, market neutral style risk, short sale risk and specific risks related to exchange traded funds. There is a risk that during a “bull” market, when most equity securities and long only ETFs are increasing in value, the Funds’ short positions will likely cause the Fund to underperform the overall U.S. equity market and such ETFs. The Fund may not be suitable for all investors.

AGF U.S. Market Neutral Anti-Beta Fund (“BTAL”) performance may deviate from the Dow Jones U.S. Thematic Market Neutral Low Beta Index (the “Index”) performance and should not be expected to track (or perform in tandem to) the Index in all market conditions. From its inception on September 12, 2011 through February 13, 2022, BTAL’s investment objective was to track the Index. Effective February 14, 2022, BTAL changed from a passive index-tracking strategy to an active, rules-based strategy that seeks to provide a consistent negative beta exposure to the U.S. equity market. Performance prior to February 14, 2022 would have been different had the current investment objectives been in effect. 

AGF Global Infrastructure ETF (GLIF) specific risks: The Fund’s investments in infrastructure-related securities will expose the Fund to potential adverse economic, regulatory, political, legal and other changes affecting such investments. Rising interest rates could lead to higher financing costs and reduced earnings for infrastructure companies. Investments in foreign securities involve risks that differ from investments in securities of U.S. issuers because of unique political, economic and market conditions. Investments in securities of issuers located in emerging market economies (including frontier market economies) are generally riskier than investments in securities of issuers from more developed economies. Investing in securities that trade in and receive revenues in foreign currencies creates risk because foreign currencies may decline relative to the U.S. dollar, resulting in a potential loss to the Fund.

Shares are not individually redeemable and can be redeemed only in Creation Units. The market price of shares can be at, below or above the NAV. Brokerage commissions will reduce returns. Market Price returns are determined based on the midpoint of the bid/ask spread calculated based on a price within the range of the highest bid and lowest offer on the principal U.S. market on which the Fund’s shares are traded during a regular trading session. Fund returns assume that dividends and capital gains distributions have been reinvested in the Fund at NAV. Some performance results reflect expense subsidies and waivers in effect during certain periods shown. Absent these waivers, results would have been less favorable.

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