These mutual funds are passively managed to closely track the performance of a broad-based equity or fixed income market index.
Index funds, also known as passively managed funds, offer investors broad exposure to a specific stock market or fixed income market by closely tracking the performance of a recognized market index. Unlike actively managed mutual funds, there is no active selection of individual stocks or securities and the risk and return characteristics of the index fund are limited to those of the particular index it tracks. Equity indices like the S&P/TSX Composite Index or S&P 500 Index will generally have more risk than a broad based fixed income index such as the FTSE Canada Universe Bond Index, but less than a more narrowly defined sector index such as the technology-focused Nasdaq 100 Index.
Distributions may consist of net income, and/or dividends, and/or net realized capital gains and are taxable in the hands of the investor. Monthly distributions are made by the last business day of each month, or the last business day of each calendar quarter for quarterly paying fund series, other than in December. The final distribution in respect of each taxation year will be paid or payable by December 31 of each year or at such other times as may be determined by the fund’s Manager. Generally, any capital gains dividends with respect to corporate class funds are distributed within 60 days following the calendar year end. Distributions are automatically reinvested unless an investor elects to receive them in cash. Investors should not confuse a fund’s distribution rate with its performance, rate of return or yield.
Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses may be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the prospectus before investing. Mutual funds are not guaranteed or insured by the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government deposit insurer, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. The indicated rates of return are the historical annual compounded total returns including changes in unit value and reinvestment of all distributions and does not take into account sales, redemption, distribution or optional charges or income taxes payable by any security holder that would have reduced returns.