AGF Leverages Its Quants Team to Offer Three Liquid Alternative Funds in Canada

October 11, 2019 | Liquid Alternatives, News
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Three new liquid alternative funds from AGF Investments Inc. provide better risk-adjusted returns.

AGF has just launched three liquid alt funds in Canada.

These are the (AGFiQ) US Market Neutral Anti-Beta CAD-Hedged ETF (QBTL), US Long/Short Dividend Income CAD-Hedged ETF (QUDV) and the US Long/Short Dividend Income CAD-Hedged Fund.

“These offerings build on AGF’s long history of managing long/short, market-neutral and derivative-based strategies in liquid investment vehicles in the US,” said Florence Narine, Senior Vice-President and Head of Product, AGF Investments Inc.

These liquid alt funds have also benefited from the experience and skills of AGFiQ, the quant investment team at AGF.

Advantage: Liquid Alt Funds

According to Narine, alternative investments are an essential component of efficiently structured portfolios. They help to diversify both return and risk and reduce volatility. Overall, they enhance long-term risk-adjusted returns.

Liquid Alt Funds USPs:

The AGFiQ US Market Neutral Anti-Beta CAD-Hedged ETF (QBTL) – Features unique long/short structures. It provides an effective hedge against US equity market volatility.

The AGFiQ US Long/Short Dividend Income CAD-Hedged ETF(QUDF) and Fund – Both these funds are unique income offerings that offer the twin benefits of income and growth potential. Compared to corporate bond funds, these funds have lower levels of interest risk and credit risk.

According to Bill DeRoche, CIO, AGF US, and Head of AGFiQ Alternative Strategies, investment strategies must address the risk from an equity market that was long in the tooth. Investors, therefore, seek shelter from looming market volatility through diversification and non-correlated returns.

“However, in the current market environment, traditional diversifiers like fixed income are unlikely to provide the returns and yield investors need to achieve their goals,” he added.

[Related Story:  Waratah Capital Advisors’ New Liquid Alternative Mutual Fund   ]

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