Horizons ETFs' rapid pivot spurred major growth in 2020

November 11, 2020
The surge in investor demand for tax-efficient funds has put Horizons ETFs back on the industry leaderboard, with more than $5.7 billion in sales for 2020 as of Oct. 31.

Read more from The Globe and Mail’s “behind-the-scenes” look at what’s driving Horizons ETFs sales success in 2020

Inside ETFs Canada - Exchange Traded Funds Event

November 10, 2020
📅 TODAY at 1.55 PM ET⏰

Joining a panel of other experts at Inside ETFs, Mark Noble, EVP of ETF Strategy at Horizons ETFs, discusses the strongest themes that may drive portfolios forward in 2020, and how much they’re expected to drive returns over the next 10 years.

Sign up 👉 https://informaconnect.com/inside-etfs-canada/

What every investor needs to know about ETFs

November 10, 2020
Stephanie Wolfe, AFCC®, of Wolfe Collective Wealth, believes that whether one is new to investing or have been at it for years, there is likely an ETF that’s right for your portfolio. We couldn’t agree more; which is why, as part of our #FinancialLiteracy initiative, we have Stephanie on our blog to explain to investors what ETFs are, how they work and the benefits of ETFs.

Learn more about why she thinks ETFs should be a part of your portfolio

Inside ETFs Canada- Exchange Traded Funds Event

November 09, 2020
 📅 Today, at Inside ETFs Canada 2020, watch Steve Hawkins, CEO of Horizons ETFs, explain:
  • How Canadian investors embraced ETFs in 2020
  • Reasons to consider greater equity allocation in a portfolio
Sign up here: https://informaconnect.com/inside-etfs-canada/

The Rob Snow Show – 1310 News

November 06, 2020
🎧 Listen to Hans Albrecht, CIM, FCSI, PM at Horizons ETFs, talk to Rob Snow about the U.S. presidential election, markets and stimulus. Rob asks him why the market does not seem particularly concerned about the election outcome.

According to Hans, investors might be cheering an unexpected outcome to the election drama – a Biden win combined with a divided congress could mean some of the positives that people wanted, and fewer of the negatives they worried about with a Blue Sweep.

Canada’s Premier Virtual Investor Conference

November 04, 2020
Join Brooke Thackray, RA at Horizons ETFs, as he explores the historical seasonal investing trends surrounding U.S. presidential elections, including potential impacts on U.S. and Canadian markets

Taxes, energy, trade and Trump: A Canadian investor's guide to the U.S. election

November 03, 2020
For Canadian investors, a Trump presidential win could be beneficial for the energy sector, while some market watchers expect the U.S. dollar to depreciate with a Biden victory. The latter means gold stocks could rally. Six experts provide possible scenarios for the markets following the U.S. presidential election.

According to Nicolas Piquard, PM at Horizons ETFs, it may not matter who finally wins because, in his view, the U.S. Fed has substantially more influence on the markets than either candidate.

What could the U.S. election mean for pot sector?

October 30, 2020
In a conversation with Wealth Professional’s James Burton, Mark Noble, EVP of ETF Strategy at Horizons ETFs, shares his views on how the U.S. marijuana sector could receive a boost in the event of a Biden-Harris administration, what that means for Canadian LPs and the potential for the global marijuana industry. He also discusses how investors can get broad market exposure to U.S. marijuana through ETF solutions like Horizons US Marijuana Index ETF (HMUS- https://www.horizonsetfs.com/etf/HMUS).

Cannabis ETFs have crumbled since legalization – is now the time to buy in?

October 29, 2020
Despite years of growing pains, some market watchers believe the cannabis sector is still nascent. They argue that the next several years could be promising as the industry consolidates, more retail stores are added and consumption rises. According to Tina Normann, a principal at Eight Capital, 2021 looks promising for the industry. She puts the U.S.-focused Horizons U.S. Marijuana ETF (HMUS-https://www.horizonsetfs.com/etf/HMUS) within “the leadership group” in terms of relative price performance, with HMUS seeing an uptrend since March. She believes that the Canadian sector is down more than the U.S. but is “starting to play catch-up,” citing the Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences ETF (HMMJ-https://www.horizonsetfs.com/ETF/HMMJ) as her top Canadian choice for liquidity.

U.S. Marijuana Sector Takes The Lead

October 28, 2020
Q3 2020 highlighted the stark difference between the Canadian and U.S. marijuana sectors. While Canada is on pace for record cannabis sales, the entire country’s adult-use marijuana sales are still less than that of the state of California. Can the Canadian marijuana sector catch up with a fast-growing U.S. marijuana market?

Find out more about why the growing use of cannabis products in the U.S. could be the most important factor driving valuations in the North American marijuana sector.

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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 value changes frequently and past performance may not be repeated. Certain ETFs may have exposure to leveraged investment techniques that magnify gains and losses and which may result in greater volatility in value and could be subject to aggressive investment risk and price volatility risk. Such risks are described in the prospectus. The prospectus contains important detailed information about the ETF. Please read the relevant prospectus before investing.

The Horizons Exchange Traded Products include our BetaPro products (the “BetaPro Products”). The BetaPro Products are alternative mutual funds within the meaning of National Instrument 81-102 Investment Funds, and are permitted to use strategies generally prohibited by conventional mutual funds: the ability to invest more than 10% of their net asset value in securities of a single issuer, to employ leverage, and engage in short selling to a greater extent than is permitted in conventional mutual funds. While these strategies will only be used in accordance with the investment objectives and strategies of the BetaPro Products, during certain market conditions they may accelerate the risk that an investment in shares of a BetaPro Product decreases in value. The BetaPro Products consist of our Daily Bull and Daily Bear ETFs (“Leveraged and Inverse Leveraged ETFs”), Inverse ETFs (“Inverse ETFs”) and our BetaPro S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures™ ETF (the “VIX ETF”). Included in the Leveraged and Inverse Leveraged ETFs and the Inverse ETFs are the BetaPro Marijuana Companies 2x Daily Bull ETF (“HMJU”) and BetaPro Marijuana Companies Inverse ETF (“HMJI”), which track the North American MOC Marijuana Index (NTR) and North American MOC Marijuana Index (TR), respectively. The Leveraged and Inverse Leveraged 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, among other risks, which are described in their respective prospectuses. Each Leveraged and Inverse Leveraged ETF seeks a return, before fees and expenses, that is either up to, or equal to, either 200% or –200% of the performance of a specified underlying index, commodity futures index or benchmark (the “Target”) for a single day. Each Inverse ETF seeks a return that is –100% of the performance of its Target. Due to the compounding of daily returns a Leveraged and Inverse Leveraged ETF’s or Inverse ETF’s returns over periods other than one day will likely differ in amount and, particularly in the case of the Leveraged and Inverse Leveraged ETFs, possibly direction from the performance of their respective Target(s) for the same period. For certain Leveraged and Inverse Leveraged ETFs that seek up to 200% or up to or -200% leveraged exposure, the Manager anticipates, under normal market conditions, managing the leverage ratio as close to two times (200%) as practicable however, the Manager may, at its sole discretion, change the leverage ratio based on its assessment of the current market conditions and negotiations with the respective ETF’s counterparties at that time. Hedging costs charged to BetaPro Products reduce the value of the forward price payable to that ETF. Due to the high cost of borrowing the securities of marijuana companies in particular, the hedging costs charged to HMJI are expected to be material and are expected to materially reduce the returns of HMJI to unitholders and materially impair the ability of HMJI to meet its investment objectives. Currently, the manager expects the hedging costs to be charged to HMJI and borne by unitholders will be between 10.00% and 45.00% per annum of the aggregate notional exposure of HMJI’s forward documents. The hedging costs may increase above this range. The manager publishes on its website, the updated monthly fixed hedging cost for HMJI for the upcoming month as negotiated with the counterparty to the forward documents, based on the then current market conditions. The VIX ETF, which is a 1x 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 intended as a 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 ETF’s 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 in BetaPro Products and their performance at least as frequently as daily to ensure such investment(s) remain consistent with their investment strategies.

Horizons Total Return Index ETFs (“Horizons TRI ETFs”) are generally 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, most Horizons TRI ETFs use a synthetic structure that never buys the securities of an index directly. Instead, the ETF receives the total return of the index through entering into 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 Horizons TRI ETF receives the total return of the index (before fees), which is reflected in the ETF’s share price, and investors are not expected to receive any taxable distributions. Certain Horizons TRI ETFs (Horizons Nasdaq-100 ® Index ETF and Horizons US Large Cap Index ETF) use physical replication instead of a total return swap. The Horizons Cash Maximizer ETF and Horizons USD Cash Maximizer ETF use cash accounts and do not track an index but rather a compounding rate of interest paid on the cash deposits that can change over time.

*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.