Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. has launched the Horizons Conservative TRI ETF Portfolio (HCON) and the Horizons Balanced TRI ETF Portfolio (HBAL), Canada’s first exchange traded funds with no direct management fees or operating expenses as part of its innovative suite of Total Return Index ("TRI") ETFs2. HCON and HBAL are subject to the fees of their underlying ETF holdings. Horizons ETFs currently anticipates that the management expense ratio (“MER”) of HCON and HBAL will be approximately 0.15% and 0.16% and will not exceed 0.17% and 0.18%, respectively, while the aggregate trading expense ratio (“TER”) of the portfolio of Horizons TRI ETFs held by HCON and HBAL will be approximately 0.18% and 0.20%, respectively. As trading expense ratios include expenses outside of the Manager’s control, the trading expense ratio of HCON and HBAL is subject to change at any time.

Horizons ETFs’ suite of TRI ETFs use an innovative total return swap investment structure designed to deliver index returns in a low-cost and tax-efficient manner. HCON and HBAL provide access to that same TRI advantage, but now with no direct management fees or operating costs – a first for any ETF product in Canada.

Both HCON and HBAL employ an asset allocation strategy that is rebalanced semi-annually by the Horizons ETFs’ portfolio management team.

  Horizons Conservative
TRI ETF Portfolio
Horizons Balanced
TRI ETF Portfolio
Management Fee &
Operating Expenses:
0.00% (ETF is subject to fees of
underlying ETFs - maximum MER
will not exceed 0.17%)
0.00% (ETF is subject to fees of
underlying ETFs - maximum MER
will not exceed 0.18%)
To seek moderate long-term capital growth using a conservative portfolio of exchange traded funds. To seek long-term capital growth using a balanced portfolio of exchange traded funds.
Approximately 50% equity securities and 50% fixed income securities through investment in underlying low-cost, tax-efficient family of Horizons'
Approximately 70% equity securities and 30% fixed income securities through investment in underlying low-cost, tax-efficient family of Horizons' TRI ETFs.
For Investors Who: • Are seeking steady returns and moderate long-term growth
• Want some growth potential but with less exposure to stock market risk
• Are seeking more growth potential and accept added exposure to stock market risk
Risk Rating:3 Low to Medium Low to Medium
Distribution Frequency: Annually, if any Annually, if any
Strategic Allocation:

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Target Allocation to Underlying ETF*:
Canadian Equity HXT 7.1% HXT 10.0%
U.S. Equity HXS 16.4%
HXQ 12.1%
HXS 23.0%
HXQ 17.0%
European Equity HXX 3.6%
HXDM 10.7%
HXX 5.0%
HXDM 15.0%
Canadian Fixed Income HBB 33.3% HBB 20.0%
U.S. Fixed Income HTB 16.7% HTB 10.0%
Regional Equity Allocation:
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*as at July 31, 2018

1Low-cost compared to other equivalent investment products 
2Horizons Total Return Index ETFs (“Horizons TRI ETFs”) are index-tracking ETFs that use an innovative investment structure known as a Total Return Swap to deliver index returns in a low-cost and tax-efficient manner. Unlike a physical replication ETF that typically purchases the securities found in the relevant index in the same proportions as the index, a Horizons TRI ETF is a synthetic structure that never buys the securities of an index directly. Instead, the Horizons TRI ETF provides the investor with the total return of the index through entering a Total Return Swap agreement with one or more counterparties, typically large financial institutions, which will provide the ETF with the total return of the index in exchange for the interest earned on the cash held by the ETF. Any distributions which are paid by the Index constituents are reflected automatically in the net asset value (NAV) of the ETF. As a result, the investor only receives the total return of the index, which is reflected in the ETF’s unit price, and is not expected to receive any taxable distributions directly. This means that an investor is only expected to be taxed on any capital gain that is realized if, and when, holdings are sold.
3Risk ratings are determined based on the historical volatility of a Horizons ETF as measured by the standard deviation of its performance against its mean. The risk categorization of a Horizons ETF may change over time and historical volatility is not indicative of future volatility. Generally, a risk rating is assigned to a Horizons ETF based on the historical rolling 10-year standard deviation of its return, the return of its underlying index, or of an applicable proxy index. In cases where the Manager believes that this methodology produces a result that is not indicative of the ETF’s future volatility, the risk rating may be determined by the ETF’s category. The risk rating of each Horizons ETF is reviewed at least annually, as well as when there is a material change in the ETF’s investment objective or investment strategies. Risk ratings are not intended for use as a substitute for undertaking a proper and complete suitability or financial assessment by an investment advisor.

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Horizons ETFs is a Member of Mirae Asset Global Investments. Commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with an investment in exchange traded products managed by Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. (the "Horizons Exchange Traded Products"). The Horizons Exchange Traded Products are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. The prospectus contains important detailed information about the Horizons Exchange Traded Products. Please read the relevant prospectus before investing.

The Horizons Exchange Traded Products include our BetaPro Products which consist of our 2x Daily Bull and 2x Daily Bear ETFs ("2x Daily ETFs"), Inverse ETFs ("Inverse ETFs") and our VIX ETF (defined below). The 2x Daily ETFs and certain other BetaPro Products use leveraged investment techniques that can magnify gains and losses and may result in greater volatility of returns. These BetaPro Products are subject to leverage risk and may be subject to aggressive investment risk and price volatility risk, which, where applicable, are described in their respective prospectuses. Each 2x Daily ETF seeks a return, before fees and expenses, that is either 200% or -200% of the performance of a specified underlying index, commodity or benchmark (the "Target") for a single day. Each Inverse ETF seeks a return that is -100% of the performance of a Target. Due to the compounding of daily returns, a 2x Daily ETF's or Inverse ETF's returns over periods other than one day will likely differ in amount and, for the 2x Daily ETFs, possibly direction from the performance of their respective Target(s) for the same period. The BetaPro Product whose Target is the S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Index™ (the "VIX ETF"), which is a (1x) VIX ETF, as described in the prospectus, is a speculative investment tool that is not a conventional investment. The VIX ETF’s Target is highly volatile. As a result, the VIX ETF is not generally viewed as stand-alone long-term investment. Historically, the VIX ETF’s Target has tended to revert to a historical mean. As a result, the performance of the VIX ETFs' Target is expected to be negative over the longer term and neither the VIX ETF nor its Target is expected to have positive long term performance. Investors should monitor their holdings, as frequently as daily, to ensure that they remain consistent with their investment strategies.

*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.