HORIZONS ETFS RECEIVES EIGHT FUNDATA FUNDGRADE A+® AWARDS

TORONTO – January 26, 2022 – Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. (“Horizons ETFs”) is proud to announce that seven of its exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) have been awarded a total of eight Fundata FundGrade A+® Awards (“Fundata Awards”) for 2021 – the most Fundata Awards that Horizons ETFs has won in a single year:

ETF Name Fundata Category Category Size
Horizons Global Sustainability Leaders Index ETF (“ETHI”) Global Equity 1127
Horizons Global Sustainability Leaders Index ETF (“ETHI”) RI – Equity 287
Horizons Balanced TRI ETF Portfolio (“HBAL”) Global Equity Balanced 722
Horizons Conservative TRI ETF Portfolio (“HCON”) Global Neutral Balanced 893
Horizons NASDAQ-100® Index ETF (“HXQ”) U.S. Equity 833
Horizons S&P/TSX 60™ Index ETF (“HXT”) Canadian Equity 379
Horizons Pipelines & Energy Services Index ETF (“HOG”) Energy Equity 33
Horizons Active Cdn Municipal Bond ETF (“HMP”) Canadian Short Term Fixed Income 169

Created by Fundata Canada Inc., the FundGrade rating system uses risk-adjusted performance figures to rank and grade Canadian investment funds, which include ETFs. Based on up to 10 years of performance data, the ‘A+ Grade’ is strictly a quantitative calculation conducted on an annual basis, which results in a grade score ranking, according to the fund classification standards defined by the Canadian Investment Funds Standards Committee (“CIFSC”).

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Global X Launches ETF to Invest in Disruptive Materials

Thematic ETF provider Global X ETFs announced the launch of the Global X Disruptive Materials ETF (DMAT). Formerly known as the Global X Advanced Materials ETF, the fund trades on the Nasdaq and offers investors targeted exposure to global companies that drive long-term, paradigm-shifting themes.

DMAT seeks to invest in companies that produce metals and other raw or composite materials that have been identified as essential to disruptive technologies as identified by the underlying index, the Solactive Disruptive Materials Index. The fund will join Global X’s suite of 34 Thematic Growth ETFs.

From alternative energy sources such as solar panels and wind turbines to evolving technology like lithium batteries and electric vehicles, disruption is rapidly changing how our world looks. These advancements can help slow climate change, improve productivity, or connect millions of people around the world.

But behind these complex technologies are many essential raw inputs like certain metals, minerals, and materials, including carbon fiber, cobalt, copper, graphene & graphite, lithium, manganese, nickel, platinum & palladium, rare earth elements, and zinc — collectively known as “disruptive materials.” Just as fossil fuels were critical commodities for the 20th century economy, disruptive materials could be the essential inputs for the 21st century economy.

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Case Study: Mirae Asset Global Investments Investor Climate Action Plan

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Mirae Asset Global Investments (Mirae Asset) was founded in Asia and now operates worldwide across 12 markets, where it takes a collaborative approach in managing a fully diversified investment platform. Mirae Asset invests in multiple asset classes through exchange-traded funds (“ETF”), mutual funds and alternatives and currently invest over US$218bn on behalf of clients, giving it the scale and experience to identify opportunities in a changing world (AUM as of September 2021).

Decarbonisation of global economies is no longer old news; this low carbon trajectory needs to accelerate in order to keep global warming to 1.5C as re-emphasised at the latest COP26. The financial implications of climate change - those that arise from risks due to extreme climate events or stranded assets as well as those that arise from low carbon opportunities – need to be considered as part of investment decisions. Mirae Asset is a supporter of the Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and also participates in collaborative climate engagement through Climate Action 100+.

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Introduction of China’s Logistics Industry

Logistics is the backbone of the fast-growing e-commerce industry in China, improving the connectivity of businesses across the globe. The industry is also an important enabler for more complex supply chains and value-added services in China. For instance, air transportation, pick-up lockers and cold chain capabilities for temperature-sensitive packages are now part and parcel of the fast-growing logistics industry.

As online shopping penetration continues to rise in China, delivery services are critical to online businesses that require timely and cost-effective ways to deliver products. On average over 200 million express parcels are shipped every day across China, with around 70% derived from e-commerce transactions.1 The express delivery industry in China has expanded over the past decade, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 43% during 2010-2020.2 This is broadly consistent with China’s e-commerce gross merchandise value’s (GMV’s) compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 37% during the same period.3

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