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Horizons ETFs launches Horizons Intl Developed Markets Equity Index ETF

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Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc has launched the Horizons Intl Developed Markets Equity Index ETF (HXDM), which aims to provide tax-efficient, low-cost indirect exposure to the MSCI EAFE Index – a widely followed index for developed market stocks outside of North America.

Units of the exchange traded fund (ETF) are now trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the ticker symbol HXDM.
 
Horizons HXDM seeks to replicate, to the extent possible, the performance of the Horizons EAFE Futures Roll Index (Total Return)  net of expenses. The Index reflects the returns generated over time of notional investments that represent a long position in a series of futures contracts on the MSCI EAFE Index. The MSCI EAFE Index is designed to measure the performance of large- and mid-cap securities across 21 developed markets outside of North America, which include major markets such as Australia, Continental Europe, Japan and the UK.
 
With 924 constituents as at September 2017, the MSCI EAFE Index covers approximately 85 per cent of the free-float-adjusted market capitalisation in each country. As at September 2017, the total free-float market capitalisation of the MSCI EAFE Index was USD14.0 trillion.
 
HXDM uses Horizons ETFs’ innovative total return index (“TRI”) structure to replicate the returns of the Index. This structure is designed to enhance the after-tax performance benefits of the ETF.
Unlike physically-replicated ETFs, no distributions are expected to be paid by the HXDM. Instead, the value of any dividend or interest income is directly reflected in the performance of the ETF. This leads to greater tax efficiency for investors who hold the ETF in non-registered investment accounts. In addition, tracking error is also reduced with the TRI structure since there are no physical replication trading costs.
 
“International developed market equity exposure, i.e. outside of North America, has been the number one asset class for ETF inflows in 2017,” says Steve Hawkins, President and Co-CEO of Horizons ETFs. “With HXDM, investors can access exposure to the returns of big international names like Unilever, Nestle and Shell without taxation eroding returns. This is the advantage of the TRI structure.”

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