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Global X Funds launches first Canada Preferred ETF

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Global X Funds has launched the Global X Canada Preferred ETF (CNPF), the first ETF to target Canadian companies that issue preferred stock.

For investors seeking income, preferred shares are an asset class worth considering due to their unique combination of bond and equity characteristics. Like bonds, preferred shares generally pay stable dividends with more frequent distributions than common shares. Like equity, preferred shares trade on an exchange and have the potential to appreciate in value, offering additional income growth potential for investors. Moreover, preferred shareholders have priority over common shareholders with regard to claims on company earnings and assets, which provide some downside protection.

In addition, preferred shares of Canadian companies offer investors an opportunity to diversify outside the US and increase their international issuer and currency exposure, which may help reduce overall portfolio risk. A shrinking budget deficit paired with strong economic growth and higher commodity prices make Canada a strong contender for investment dollars when compared to the current budget and debt issues of its southern neighbour (Wall Street Journal, 2011).

"CNPF provides a relatively efficient way for investors to reap the benefits of this hybrid asset class as well as receive international exposure via the Canadian issuers traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange," says Bruno del Ama (pictured), chief executive officer of Global X Funds. "We are pleased to expand our global offering to income generating asset classes."

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