A More Efficient Way to Express a Negative View on the Markets

What are Inverse ETFs?

Inverse ETFs are investments that deliver the opposite performance of their reference index on a daily basis. Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. offers inverse ETFs based on three of the most widely followed market indices in Canada and the United States:

Who Uses Inverse ETFs?

Ideal for investors seeking to profit or protect during market declines or periods of increased volatility.

How an Inverse ETF Works

Inverse ETFs are similar to holding short positions to hedge against, or profit from, falling prices.

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The Inverse ETF strives to return the opposite of its reference index* on a daily basis

*Before fees and expenses.

Example: An investor who owns a broadly diversified portfolio of Canadian large-cap stocks believes that the Canadian large-cap market will decline over the next quarter. The investor could hedge their portfolio against a decline by buying the BetaPro S&P/TSX 60™ Daily Inverse ETF to hedge against it. By buying an inverse ETF, the investor can avoid selling stock from their existing portfolio, which may incur a capital gain/loss, while continuing to benefit from the dividends paid by those stocks.

Benefits of Inverse ETFs

  • • No margin account required (no borrow/margin calls to worry about)
  • • Eligible for non-margin accounts such as RRSPs, RESPs and TFSAs
  • • Risk is limited to the capital invested (short selling, on the other hand, is subject to potentially unlimited loss)
  • • Can reduce risk without having to sell existing stocks and incur a capital gain/loss
  • • Allows investors to continue receiving any dividends paid by the stocks they are hedging in their portfolio
BetaPro S&P/TSX 60™ Daily Inverse ETF (HIX)
The BetaPro S&P/TSX 60 Daily Inverse ETF (HBP S&P/TSX 60 Inverse ETF) seeks daily investment results, before fees, expenses, distributions, brokerage commissions and other transaction costs, that endeavour to correspond to one times (100%) the inverse (opposite) of the daily performance of the S&P/TSX 60 Index™.

BetaPro S&P 500® Daily Inverse ETF (HIU)
The  BetaPro S&P 500® Daily Inverse ETF seeks daily investment results, before fees, expenses, distributions, brokerage commissions and other transaction costs, that endeavour to correspond to one times (100%) the inverse (opposite) of the daily performance of the S&P 500®. Any U.S. dollar gains or losses as a result of the ETF’s investment will be hedged back to the Canadian dollar to the best of its ability.
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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.