AGF Investments has launched two new ETFs – the AGFiQ Enhanced Global ESG Factors ETF (QEF) and AGFiQ Enhanced Global Infrastructure ETF (QIF). Both QIF and QEF are now trading on NEO Exchange and have a management fee of 0.45 per cent.
“Our new ETFs utilise the expertise of our in-house AGFiQ team and their quantitative, factor-based investment process, while providing investors with differentiated access to two growing segments of the market often reserved for the largest institutions– ESG and Infrastructure – to build their global equity portfolios,” says Kevin McCreadie, President and Chief Investment Officer, AGF Investments Inc.
The new ETFs deliver on the AGFiQ objective to provide better risk-adjusted returns for investors utilising proprietary factor and risk models.
“This objective was developed to help ensure the AGFiQ ETF suite can weather market highs and lows,” adds McCreadie.
The AGFiQ Enhanced Global ESG Factors ETF is a global equity product that utilises a quantitative, active investment approach to invest in companies with strong ESG profiles bringing the additional benefits of individual company leadership to a global allocation.
“With a growing number of global companies prioritising ESG initiatives within their business framework to drive positive outcomes, investors are in turn incorporating ESG into their portfolios to avoid risk with the inclusion of sound company fundamentals,” says Florence Narine, Senior Vice-President, Product, AGF Investments Inc. “This product aims to provide investors with long-term capital growth, with reduced volatility, over a full market cycle.”
The AGFiQ Enhanced Global Infrastructure ETF uses a quantitative, multi-factor investment approach to provide investors with access to the diversification and benefits of this high growth area by investing primarily in global equity securities of issuers in the infrastructure industry and related sectors including telecom, utilities, energy and transportation.
“AGFiQ Enhanced Global Infrastructure ETF provides access to the infrastructure industry with a flexible product that offers higher dividend yield due to greater predictability of long-term cash flows,” adds Narine. “With a continued need to find income, this product can provide that income while acting as a global diversifier to traditional asset classes in an investor’s portfolio.”