BTAL

AGFiQ US Market Neutral Anti-Beta Fund

Important information: The investment objective and Principal Investment Strategies of the AGFiQ U.S. Market Neutral Anti-Beta Fund were changed on February 14, 2022. Performance prior to this date would have differed had the new investment objective been in effect. Please see the Prospectus Sticker dated November 30, 2021 in the “Documents” section below.

Key Reasons to Invest

  • Provides exposure to the spread return between low and high beta stocks.
  • Potential to generate positive returns regardless of the direction of the general market, so long as low beta stocks outperform high beta stocks.
  • Provides consistent negative beta exposure and can be used as an effective equity hedge to lower portfolio volatility and reduce the impact of drawdowns.
  • May be an effective alternative to buying Treasuries, volatility products and low-volatility funds if seeking to reduce overall portfolio risk.

Overview

BTAL’s objective is to provide a consistent negative beta exposure to the U.S. equity market. BTAL strives to achieve this objective by investing primarily in long positions in low beta U.S. equities and short positions in high beta U.S. equities on a dollar neutral basis, within sectors.

*The Fund’s investment adviser, AGF Investments LLC (“Adviser”), has contractually agreed to waive the fees and reimburse expenses of the so that the total annual operating expenses (excluding interest, taxes, brokerage commissions and other expenses that are capitalized in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, dividend, interest and brokerage expenses for short positions, acquired fund fees and expenses, and extraordinary expenses) (“Operating Expenses”) of the Fund are limited to 0.45% of average net assets. In addition, the Adviser has contractually agreed to reduce its management fees to the extent of any acquired fund fees and expenses incurred by the Fund that are attributable to the management fee paid to the Adviser (or an affiliated person of the Adviser) by an underlying fund in which the Fund invests. This undertaking can only be changed with the approval of the Board. The Fund has agreed that it will repay the Adviser for fees and expenses forgone or reimbursed during the last 36 months, provided that repayment does not cause the Operating Expenses to exceed the lower of 0.45% of the Fund’s average net assets and the expense cap in place at the time of the Adviser’s waiver or reimbursement. This agreement will remain in effect until November 1, 2024, and shall renew automatically for one-year terms unless the Adviser provides written notice of termination prior to the start of the next term or upon approval of the Board of Trustees of the Fund.

Performance data quoted represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. Investment and principal value will fluctuate so that an investors shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than original cost. Returns less than one year are not annualized. For the most recent month end performance, please call collect 617-292-9801.

Short-term performance, in particular, is not a good indication of the fund’s future performance, and an investment should not be made based solely on returns. Because of ongoing market volatility, fund performance may be subject to substantial short-term changes

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 13, 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.

ETF Characteristics

Sector Weightings

Characteristics

Premium/Discount

The above chart presents information about the difference between the daily market price for shares of the Fund and the Fund’s net asset value. The vertical axis of the graph shows the premium or discount expressed as a percentage of the NAV in basis points. The horizontal axis indicates the trading period covered by the graph. Each point in the graph shows the days in which the Fund traded within the premium/discount range indicated.


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.

AGFiQ US Market Neutral Anti-Beta ETF (“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. 

AGFiQ 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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DEFINITIONS:

Prem/Disc
Premium and discount is calculated as the difference between the closing price and the previous day’s NAV. When a closing price is not available, then the midpoint of the NBBO bid-offer quote at the market closing time is used.

Prem/Disc %
Premium and discount expressed as a percentage of the NAV is calculated using the closing price, and when a closing price is not available, then the midpoint of the NBBO bid-offer quote at the market closing time is used.

Median Bid-Ask Spread
The median bid-ask spread is calculated by identifying national best bid and national best offer (“NBBO”) as of the end of each 10 second interval during each trading day of the last 30 calendar days and dividing the difference between each such bid and offer by the midpoint of the NBBO. The median of those values is identified and posted on each business day.

Dow Jones U.S. Thematic Market Neutral Low Beta Index
The Dow Jones U.S. Thematic Market Neutral Low Beta Index is designed to measure the performance of a long/short strategy utilizing long positions in low beta companies and short positions in high beta companies. Beta is calculated using weekly returns for the previous 52 weeks. The index is calculated using long and short indices as its basis. It is designed to be market- and sector-neutral.

S&P 500 Index
The S&P 500 Index is widely regarded as the best single gauge of large-cap U.S. equities. According to Annual Survey of Assets, an estimated USD 13.5 trillion is indexed or benchmarked to the index, with indexed assets comprising approximately USD 5.4 trillion of this total (as of Dec. 31, 2020). The index includes 500 leading companies and covers approximately 80% of available market capitalization.

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