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The Alternative Model Portfolio is designed to provide investors with exposure to alternative investment strategies. Investors can consider incorporating this portfolio into their existing asset allocation to potentially achieve greater risk-reducing diversification and to access alternative avenues for potential profit.

The Alternative Portfolio comprises ETFs providing exposure to institutional-caliber strategies, including hedge-fund index replication, managed futures, broad commodities and seasonal investment rotation. The Alternative Portfolio generally demonstrates historically low correlation to traditional equity and fixed income asset classes.

Risk Rating

PŮR Investing Inc.'s proprietary research assigns a risk number of "18" to this model portfolio. This implies that in any twelve month period their expected maximum negative total return is -18%, with a projected statistical probability of 99%. It also suggests that over an investing time horizon of approximately 18 years, there would be a 95% statistical probability that the lowest expected total return performance of the portfolio would be the return of all capital plus inflation. PUR cannot project the maximum upside total return potential of the portfolio.


(as at December 31, 2018)

  1 Month 3 Months 6 Months Year to Date 1 Year 3 Year Since Inception
Portfolio -1.08% 2.40% 2.33% 1.47% 1.47% 3.57% 1.60%

† Inception date is April 1, 2013

Weighted MER: 0.80%2

Portfolio Allocations

Portfolio Weights as at December 31, 2018*

 Alternative: 100%
Name Weight
 HAC Horizons Seasonal Rotation ETF 17.8%
 HHF Horizons Morningstar Hedge Fund Index ETF 14.5%
 HUG Horizons Gold ETF13.1 20.1%
 HUN Horizons Natural Gas ETF 15.3%
 HGM Horizons Managed Global Opportunities ETF 21.3%
 HRA Horizons Global Risk Parity ETF 11.1%

Portfolio Allocation is dynamically reallocated on a quarterly basis by the investment manager utilizing research by PŮR Investing Inc. The quarterly reallocation is an integral aspect of this model portfolio.

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1 Should you wish to replicate the Aggressive Portfolio, multiple trades would be required to buy each individual ETF at the outset and the quarterly rebalances. The ETFs in the portfolio were selected based on a minimum portfolio of $100,000.

2 The indicated MER is the weighted average management fee of all the ETFs in the model portfolio exclusive of HST. The model portfolio is hypothetical and its performance does not contemplate any direct fees, expenses, commissions, taxes or optional charges.


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The indicated rates of return for the Model Portfolio in the Performance Table are the historical annual compounded total returns of the hypothetical portfolio including changes in per unit value and reinvestment of all dividends and distributions and do not take into account sales, transaction, redemption, distribution or optional charges or income taxes payable by any unitholder that would have reduced returns.

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*The indicated rates of return are the historical annual compounded total returns including changes in per unit value and reinvestment of all dividends or distributions and do not take into account sales, redemption, distribution or optional charges or income taxes payable by any securityholder that would have reduced returns. The rates of return shown in the table are not intended to reflect future values of the ETF or returns on investment in the ETF. Only the returns for periods of one year or greater are annualized returns.