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AGF launches quantitative investing and ETF platform

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AGF Investments has launched AGFiQ Asset Management (AGFiQ), a quantitative investment platform powered by a multi-disciplined team that combines investment professionals across AGF and its affiliates from Highstreet Asset Management and FFCM.

"Innovation has always been at the heart of AGF, dating back to our founders 60 years ago. We were built on the principles of creating a company that was innovative, focused on clients and driven by superior investment management," says Blake C Goldring, chairman and chief executive officer, AGF Management. "The launch of AGFiQ and our offering of ETF solutions is yet another milestone in our commitment to meeting the evolving needs of our clients and partners.
 
"Our deep expertise lends itself to the creation of custom solutions, including ETF model portfolios, in a variety of vehicles including mutual funds, exchange traded products and portfolios, and separately managed accounts designed to help investors achieve the full spectrum of investment objectives from capital appreciation to risk management.”
 
"We spent a significant amount of time refining our quantitatively-based investment processes and capabilities to unify them under AGFiQ," says Kevin McCreadie, president and chief investment officer, AGF Investments. "Our team of investment professionals builds portfolios with an emphasis on factor-driven investing and our proprietary multi-factor approach allows for intelligent portfolio construction that provide opportunities for total return while also actively managing risk and the potential for losses."
 
AGF enters the Canadian ETF marketplace with seven new exchange traded funds (ETFs) – four enhanced core options and three multi-asset portfolio solutions designed to deliver better risk-adjusted returns, all of which are actively managed by AGFiQ using quantitative research to deliver a disciplined and repeatable outcome.
 
The QuantShares Enhanced Core Canadian Equity ETF seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation with reduced volatility, over a full market cycle, by investing primarily in equity securities of issuers in Canada.
 
The QuantShares Enhanced Core US Equity ETF seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation with reduced volatility, over a full market cycle, by investing primarily in equity securities of issuers in the US.
 
The QuantShares Enhanced Core International Equity ETF seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation with reduced volatility, over a full market cycle, by investing primarily in equity securities of issuers in Europe, Australasia and the Far East.
 
The QuantShares Enhanced Core Emerging Markets Equity ETF seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation with reduced volatility, over a full market cycle, by investing primarily in equity securities of emerging market issuers.
 
The QuantShares Global Equity Rotation ETF seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation by investing, directly or indirectly, including through exchange-traded funds in global equity securities.
 
The QuantShares MultiAsset Allocation ETF seeks to provide long-term capital appreciation with reduced volatility by investing, directly or indirectly, including through ETFs, in global equity and fixed income securities including securities related to non-traditional asset classes.
 
The QuantShares MultiAsset Income Allocation ETF seeks to generate capital growth and regular income by investing, directly or indirectly, including through ETFs, in global equity and fixed income securities including securities related to non-traditional asset classes.
 
QuantShares ETFs powered by AGFiQ are managed by Highstreet, while the three multi-asset portfolio solutions are sub-advised by FFCM. 

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