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Redwood Asset Management (Redwood), a wholly owned subsidiary of Purpose Investments, has launched the Marijuana Opportunities Fund, an actively managed, marijuana-focused ETF.

Redwood has completed the initial public offering of ETF shares and the Fund is trading on the Aequitas NEO Exchange under the ticker symbol “MJJ”. The Fund is also available in mutual fund Series A (RAM1420) and Series F (RAM2420) through Fundserv.
 
“We are thrilled to be able to offer Canadians the first actively managed ETF with an exclusive focus on the burgeoning cannabis industry,” says Peter Shippen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Redwood Asset Management. “The marijuana market is growing quickly, particularly with the expected legalisation of recreational use in Canada this year. While passive funds to date have provided investors with broad access to the market, the significant volatility of the sector and the ongoing evolution of the regulatory environment of cannabis space have made active management the preferable way to invest.” 
 
Marijuana Opportunities Fund will be managed by leading Portfolio Manager Greg Taylor, CFA, and will benefit significantly from the breadth and depth of expertise of the broader team at Purpose, both as ETF pioneers and as innovative investment managers focused on building products designed to help Canadians achieve their investment goals.
 
“MJJ represents another important new frontier for investors,” says Taylor. “We strongly believe the Fund’s institutional-style active approach – which will include fundamental and technical analysis, the ability to sell short, and tactical management of cash to take advantage of volatility in valuations – offers a better way to participate in the significant growth potential of the cannabis market.”

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