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Hedgeweek: Accelerate launches initial suite of alternative ETFs

By May 13, 2019 No Comments
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May 13, 2019 – Accelerate Financial Technologies has launched three zero management fee, performance fee only alternative exchange traded funds (Accelerate Alt ETFs). 

Each Accelerate Alt ETF has closed the initial offering of units, and is now trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX).

“Accelerate was founded with the mission to democratise alternative investments by offering hedge fund and private equity-like strategies in low-cost ETFs accessible by any investor,” says Julian Klymochko, CEO at Accelerate.

The Accelerate Private Equity Alpha Fund (ALFA) seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation and to replicate the returns of private equity funds over the long term by investing primarily in listed equity securities that are expected to outperform the US equity market, while entering into short positions in respect of listed equity securities in this market. ALFA uses derivatives to gain exposure to its short portfolio and borrows cash to increase its long equities portfolio. The amount of all cash borrowed to finance the purchase of equity securities and the aggregate notional amount of derivatives used for non-hedging purposes will not exceed the limits permitted under applicable securities legislation.

The Accelerate Enhanced Canadian Benchmark Alternative Fund (ATSX) seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation and a superior risk-adjusted return relative to the broader Canadian equity market. ATSX seeks to outperform the Canadian equity market over the long term by investing primarily in Canadian and foreign issuers listed on an exchange or marketplace in Canada that represents the broad Canadian listed equity market and using a long-short overlay portfolio to seek to add positive absolute return. ATSX may use derivatives to gain exposure to its long portfolio. The aggregate market value of the securities sold short and the aggregate notional amount of derivatives used for non-hedging purposes will not exceed the limits permitted under applicable securities legislation.

The Accelerate Absolute Return Hedge Fund (HDGE) seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation and a superior risk-adjusted return relative to the broader Canadian equity market. HDGE seeks to outperform the Canadian equity market over the long term with lower volatility by investing primarily in listed equity securities that are expected to outperform this market, while selling short certain listed equity securities that are expected to underperform this market. The aggregate market value of the securities sold short will not exceed the limits permitted under applicable securities legislation.

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