Low Volatility U.S. Equity Income Fund

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Discontinued Fund

Fund Overview

Overview

The Fund is a closed-end investment trust that invests in U.S. equities selected from the S&P 100 Index, with a beta of less than 1.0 and utilizes Strathbridge’s proprietary SSO covered call writing strategy to enhance the income generated by the portfolio and to reduce volatility.

 

Objectives

The Fund’s investment objectives are:

  • to maximize risk adjusted returns for unitholders; and
  • to pay unitholders monthly cash distributions in an amount targeted to be 5.0% per annum on the NAV per unit.

 

Name Ticker Current Yield Recent
Distributions
Most Recent
Distribution Date
Distributions
Since Inception
Low Volatility U.S. Equity Income Fund LVU.UN 5.70% $0.02 2019-10-31 $3.94

Top Holdings Top 10 Holdings as of September 30, 2019

Holding Name % of Fund
The Home Depot, Inc. 8.2%
Walmart Inc. 7.4%
Costco Wholesale Corporation 7.2%
The Walt Disney Company 7.1%
Microsoft Corporation 7.0%
Charter Communications, Inc. 6.9%
Cash and Short-Term Investments 6.1%
U.S. Bancorp 6.0%
Medtronic Public Limited Company 5.9%
Raytheon Company 5.7%
Sector Allocations

Historic Net Asset Value Per Unit

The Fund calculates the net asset value per unit on a daily basis as of the close of business and generally posts the amount prior to the opening of trading the next business day.

 

Date:   NAV Per
Capital Unit
2019-11-19    $5.02 
2019-11-18    $5.02 
2019-11-15    $5.02 
2019-11-14    $5.02 
2019-11-13    $5.02 
2019-11-12    $5.02 
2019-11-11    $5.00 
2019-11-08    $5.00 
2019-11-07    $4.99 
2019-11-06    $4.99 
2019-11-05    $4.99 
2019-11-04    $4.99 
2019-11-01    $4.99 
2019-10-31    $4.98 
2019-10-30    $5.00 
2019-10-29    $4.97 
2019-10-28    $4.99 
2019-10-25    $4.97 
2019-10-24    $4.95 
2019-10-23    $4.94 
2019-10-22    $4.95 
2019-10-21    $4.97 
2019-10-18    $4.97 
2019-10-17    $4.98 
2019-10-16    $4.98 
2019-10-15    $4.97 
2019-10-11    $4.95 
2019-10-10    $4.98 
2019-10-09    $4.97 
2019-10-08    $4.92 
2019-10-07    $4.96 
2019-10-04    $4.97 
2019-10-03    $4.91 
2019-10-02    $4.88 
2019-10-01    $4.93 
2019-09-30    $4.98 
2019-09-27    $4.97 
2019-09-26    $4.99 
2019-09-25    $5.01 
2019-09-24    $4.99 
2019-09-23    $5.01 
2019-09-20    $4.99 
2019-09-19    $5.03 
2019-09-18    $5.04 
2019-09-17    $5.03 
2019-09-16    $5.01 
2019-09-13    $5.04 
2019-09-12    $5.04 
2019-09-11    $5.02 
2019-09-10    $5.02 
2019-09-09    $5.06 
2019-09-06    $5.08 
2019-09-05    $5.08 
2019-09-04    $5.07 
2019-09-03    $5.05 
2019-08-30    $5.06 
2019-08-29    $5.07 
2019-08-28    $5.03 
2019-08-27    $5.01 
2019-08-26    $5.00 
2019-08-23    $4.94 
2019-08-22    $5.05 
2019-08-21    $5.04 
2019-08-20    $5.03 
2019-08-19    $5.03 
2019-08-16    $5.00 
2019-08-15    $4.96 
2019-08-14    $4.91 
2019-08-13    $5.02 
2019-08-12    $4.96 
2019-08-09    $5.02 
2019-08-08    $5.04 
2019-08-07    $4.99 
2019-08-06    $4.99 
2019-08-02    $5.06 
2019-08-01    $5.08 
2019-07-31    $5.08 
2019-07-30    $5.16 
2019-07-29    $5.18 
2019-07-26    $5.20 
2019-07-25    $5.14 
2019-07-24    $5.15 
2019-07-23    $5.14 
2019-07-22    $5.12 
2019-07-19    $5.11 
2019-07-18    $5.15 
2019-07-17    $5.12 
2019-07-16    $5.15 
2019-07-15    $5.17 
2019-07-12    $5.16 
2019-07-11    $5.17 
2019-07-10    $5.16 
2019-07-09    $5.14 
2019-07-08    $5.13 
2019-07-05    $5.13 
2019-07-04    $5.13 
2019-07-03    $5.14 
2019-07-02    $5.12 
2019-06-28    $5.05 
2019-06-27    $5.05 
2019-06-26    $5.04 
2019-06-25    $5.06 
2019-06-24    $5.08 
2019-06-21    $5.09 
2019-06-20    $5.12 
2019-06-19    $5.11 
2019-06-18    $5.10 
2019-06-17    $5.08 
2019-06-14    $5.09 
2019-06-13    $5.07 
2019-06-12    $5.07 
2019-06-11    $5.07 
2019-06-10    $5.07 
2019-06-07    $5.07 
2019-06-06    $5.05 
2019-06-05    $5.02 
2019-06-04    $4.98 
2019-06-03    $4.92 
2019-05-31    $4.94 
2019-05-30    $4.97 
2019-05-29    $4.95 
2019-05-28    $4.98 
2019-05-27    $5.00 
2019-05-24    $5.01 
2019-05-23    $5.01 
2019-05-22    $5.04 
2019-05-21    $5.04 
2019-05-17    $5.06 
2019-05-16    $5.06 
2019-05-15    $5.02 
2019-05-14    $5.00 
2019-05-13    $4.98 
2019-05-10    $5.07 
2019-05-09    $5.05 
2019-05-08    $5.05 
2019-05-07    $5.05 
2019-05-06    $5.11 
2019-05-03    $5.11 
2019-05-02    $5.08 
2019-05-01    $5.09 
2019-04-30    $5.14 
2019-04-29    $5.13 
2019-04-26    $5.13 
2019-04-25    $5.12 
2019-04-24    $5.10 
2019-04-23    $5.07 
2019-04-22    $5.04 
2019-04-18    $5.06 
2019-04-17    $5.02 
2019-04-16    $5.03 
2019-04-15    $5.04 
2019-04-12    $5.01 
2019-04-11    $4.98 
2019-04-10    $4.98 
2019-04-09    $4.97 
2019-04-08    $4.98 
2019-04-05    $4.99 
2019-04-04    $4.97 
2019-04-03    $4.96 
2019-04-02    $4.97 
2019-04-01    $4.98 
2019-03-29    $4.95 
2019-03-28    $4.94 
2019-03-27    $4.93 
2019-03-26    $4.95 
2019-03-25    $4.92 
2019-03-22    $4.92 
2019-03-21    $4.98 
2019-03-20    $4.97 
2019-03-19    $4.98 
2019-03-18    $5.01 
2019-03-15    $5.01 
2019-03-14    $4.99 
2019-03-13    $5.01 
2019-03-12    $5.00 
2019-03-11    $5.01 
2019-03-08    $4.99 
2019-03-07    $5.00 
2019-03-06    $5.02 
2019-03-05    $5.01 
2019-03-04    $5.00 
2019-03-01    $5.01 
2019-02-28    $4.98 
2019-02-27    $4.97 
2019-02-26    $4.99 
2019-02-25    $4.98 
2019-02-22    $4.99 
2019-02-21    $4.97 
2019-02-20    $4.97 
2019-02-19    $4.99 
2019-02-15    $4.99 
2019-02-14    $4.96 
2019-02-13    $4.98 
2019-02-12    $4.97 
2019-02-11    $4.95 
2019-02-08    $4.94 
2019-02-07    $4.93 
2019-02-06    $4.94 
2019-02-05    $4.94 
2019-02-04    $4.91 
2019-02-01    $4.90 
2019-01-31    $4.91 
2019-01-30    $4.90 
2019-01-29    $4.89 
2019-01-28    $4.89 
2019-01-25    $4.93 
2019-01-24    $4.95 
2019-01-23    $4.99 
2019-01-22    $4.96 
2019-01-21    $4.98 
2019-01-18    $4.97 
2019-01-17    $4.95 
2019-01-16    $4.91 
2019-01-15    $4.93 
2019-01-14    $4.90 
2019-01-11    $4.95 
2019-01-10    $4.93 
2019-01-09    $4.93 
2019-01-08    $4.94 
2019-01-07    $4.91 
2019-01-04    $4.91 
2019-01-03    $4.83 
2019-01-02    $4.93 

Distributions & Tax

The Fund intends to pay monthly cash distributions in Canadian dollars on the last day of each month in an amount targeted to be 5.0% per annum on the NAV per Unit. The Fund has determined to base the distributions it pays on the NAV per Unit in order to better facilitate the preservation and enhancement of the Fund’s NAV and to enable Unitholders to benefit from any increases in the NAV of the Fund through the resulting increased distributions. The monthly distributions will be determined using the last NAV per Unit prior to the declaration date for the distribution. The first distribution will be for the month of April 2013.

 

 

Tax and Distribution Summary Year Selection:  

 

  Regular Distribution Special Distribution Total Distribution Capital Gains
per Unit
Div. Income per Unit Return of Capital Other Income Foreign Dividend Income Witholding Taxes Paid
October 2019 0.022600 0.000000 0.022600 0.000000 0.000000 0.022600 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
September 2019 0.023150 0.000000 0.023150 0.000000 0.000000 0.023150 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
August 2019 0.023190 0.000000 0.023190 0.000000 0.000000 0.023190 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
July 2019 0.023470 0.000000 0.023470 0.000000 0.000000 0.023470 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
June 2019 0.022550 0.000000 0.022550 0.000000 0.000000 0.022550 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
May 2019 0.023420 0.000000 0.023420 0.000000 0.000000 0.023420 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
April 2019 0.022780 0.000000 0.022780 0.000000 0.000000 0.022780 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
March 2019 0.022920 0.000000 0.022920 0.000000 0.000000 0.022920 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
February 2019 0.022640 0.000000 0.022640 0.000000 0.000000 0.022640 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
January 2019 0.022730 0.000000 0.022730 0.000000 0.000000 0.022730 0.000000 0.000000 0.000000
Total for 2019     $0.229450 $0.000000 $0.000000 $0.229450 $0.000000 $0.000000 $0.000000
Percent (%)       0.00% 0.00% 100.00% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Total Distributions
to Date
    $3.942960            

 

Portfolio Manager Updates

 

PM Updates - September 2019

As of September 30, 2019, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per unit of LVU.UN was $4.98 versus $5.05 on June 28, 2019. Unitholders received regular distributions totaling $0.06981 per unit during the quarter. The unit’s closed on September 30, 2019 at a price of $4.66 per unit which represents a 6.4% discount to its underlying NAV.

North American equity markets continued their impressive rally from the first half of 2019, as markets in the third quarter continued to price in expectations that central banks around the world would be more accommodative with interest rate cuts. The S&P/TSX Index rose 2.5% while the S&P 500 Index rose 1.7%. In Canada, 9 of 11 sectors were positive for the quarter, with the defensive TSX Utilities Index leading the way up 10.1%, while Health Care lagged for the second consecutive quarter, down 30%, weighed down significantly by Cannabis stocks. The U.S. market saw 8 of 11 sectors generate positive performance, with the defensive S&P 500 utilities sector leading the way, up 9.3%, while the Energy sector remained the laggard during the quarter, down 6.3%.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index, measured in CAD dollars, rose to a new monthly high during the period ending September 30, 2019 at 3,597.38 vs. 3,490.55 on June 30, 2019. Stocks within the portfolio had varying returns led by Medtronic, PLC, which rose 12.7%, during the period. Meanwhile, IBM Corporation was the laggard during the period with a total return of negative 12.2% while held within the portfolio.

Volatility levels as measured by the CBOE SPX Volatility Index (“VIX”) remained low for most of the period other than the brief spike in early August as equity markets pulled back on trade war concerns and the potential effect on the economy. The manager was opportunistic with the Strathbridge Selective Overwriting (“SSO”) strategy as the Fund had on average 19.7% of portfolio written during the period vs. 19.9% on average during the previous quarter.

The Manager reduced the cash position slightly during the period with cash averaging 9% for the quarter vs. 10.1% during the previous quarter. The Fund ended the 3rd quarter with a cash position of 6.1%. The U.S. dollar exposure was actively hedged throughout the period and ended the quarter 50% hedged back into Canadian dollars.

PM Updates - June 2019

As of June 28, 2019, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per unit of LVU.UN was $5.05 versus $4.95 on March 29, 2019. Unitholders received regular distributions totaling $0.06875 per unit during the quarter.

The unit’s closed on June 28, 2019 at a bid price of $4.86 per unit which represents a 3.8% discount to its underlying NAV.

North American equity markets continued their impressive rally from the first quarter of 2019, albeit volatile as markets rose in April, declined significantly in May and advanced strongly in June. Markets have priced in expectations that central banks around the world would be more accommodative with interest rate cuts. The S&P/TSX Index rose 1.7% while the S&P 500 Index rose 3.8%. In Canada, 7 of 10 sectors were positive for the quarter, with Information Technology leading the way up 14.2%, while Health Care lagged, down 9.4%. The U.S. market saw 10 of 11 sectors generate positive performance, with the Financials sector leading the way, up 7.4%, while Energy was the lone sector to be in the red during the quarter, down 3.7%.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index, measured in CAD dollars, rose during the period ending June 28, 2019 at 3,490.55 vs. 3,419.76 on March 31, 2019. Stocks within the portfolio had varying returns led by Starbucks Corp., which rose 7.1%, during the period. Meanwhile, NextEra Energy, Inc. was the laggard during the period but still posted a positive return of 1.4% while held within the portfolio.

Volatility levels as measured by the CBOE SPX Volatility Index (“VIX”) remained low for most of the period other than the brief spike in early May as equity markets pulled back on trade war concerns and the effect on the economy. The manager was opportunistic with the Strathbridge Selective Overwriting (“SSO”) strategy as the Fund had on average 19.9% of portfolio written during the period vs. 24.1% on average during the previous quarter.

The Manager reduced the cash position slightly during the period with cash averaging 10.0% for the quarter vs. 13.1% during the previous quarter. The Fund ended the 2nd quarter with a cash position of 4.8%. The U.S. dollar exposure was actively hedged throughout the period and ended the quarter 50% hedged back into Canadian dollars.

PM Updates - March 2019

As of March 29, 2019, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per unit of LVU.UN was $4.95 versus $4.96 on December 31, 2018. Unitholders received regular distributions totaling $0.06829 per unit during the quarter.

The market price of the unit’s closed on March 29, 2019 at $4.75 per unit which represents a 4.0 percent discount to its underlying NAV.

After a dreadful fourth quarter of 2018, North American equity markets staged an impressive recovery in the first quarter of 2019 with the S&P/TSX Index advancing 13.3 percent while the S&P 500 Index rose 13.6 percent. As fears of a trade war between the United States and China subsided and central banks around the globe changed to a more accommodative stance on forward looking interest rates, risk assets rallied strongly. In Canada, all 11 sectors were positive for the quarter, with Health Care, the worst performing sector in Q4 leading the way, producing a 49.1 percent return, mostly due to strength in the Cannabis sector. The U.S. market also saw all 11 sectors generate positive performance, with the Information Technology sector leading the way, up 19.9 percent, while the defensive U.S. Health Care sector lagged, up 6.6 percent.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index, measured in CAD dollars, rose during the period ending March 29, 2019 at 3,419.76 vs. 3,085.48 on December 31, 2018. Stocks within the portfolio had varying returns led by Cisco Systems, which rose 25.6 percent, during the period. Meanwhile, Fox Corp. Class A shares, Inc. was the laggard during the period as it declined 12 percent while held within the portfolio.

As equity markets rallied, volatility declined, as measured by the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index. (“VIX”) After starting the year above 25, the VIX declined for most of the period ending the quarter just under 14. The manager was opportunistic with the Strathbridge Selective Overwriting (“SSO”) strategy and the Fund had on average 24.1 percent of portfolio written during the period vs. 21.5 percent on average during the previous quarter.

The Manager remained conservative during the period with the Fund’s average cash position at 13.1 percent for the quarter vs. 10.6 percent during the previous quarter. The U.S. dollar exposure was actively hedged throughout the period and ended the quarter 50 percent hedged back into Canadian dollars.

PM Updates - December 2018

As of December 31, 2018, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per unit of LVU.UN was $4.96 ($9.92 pre-2-for-1 stock split) versus $11.09 on September 28, 2018. Unitholders received regular distributions totaling $0.12279 per unit during the quarter.

The unit’s closed on December 31, 2018 with at $4.50 per unit which represents a 9.3% discount to its underlying NAV.

North American markets were dreadful in the 4th quarter of 2018, with the S&P/TSX Index declining 10.1% while the S&P 500 Index declined 13.5%, weighed down by the implications of tighter global monetary policy, trades wars, soaring valuations along with heightened geopolitical risks. In Canada, 8 of 11 sectors were negative for the quarter, with Health Care leading the way down, producing a negative 35.3% return, mostly due to weakness in the Cannabis sector. The U.S. market saw 10 of 11 sectors generate negative performance, with Energy leading all declines down 23.8%, while the defensive Utilities sector was the lone sector with a positive return in the quarter, up 1.4%.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index, measured in CAD dollars, declined during the period ending December 31, 2018 to 3,085.48 vs. 3,386.45 on September 28, 2018. Stocks within the portfolio had varying returns led by Eli Lilly and Company, for the second consecutive quarter, which rose 8.4%, during the period. Meanwhile, Amazon, Inc. was the laggard during the period as it declined 24.5% while held within the portfolio.

Equity volatility, as measured by the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (“VIX”), started the quarter around 12 and accelerated into year-end, closing above 25. The rise in volatility created more opportunities to utilize the Strathbridge Selective Overwriting (“SSO”) strategy. The Fund had on average 21.5% of portfolio written during the period vs. 7.8% on average during the previous quarter.

The Manager became more cautious during the period and increased the Fund’s average cash position to 10.7% for the quarter vs. 6.0% during the previous quarter. The U.S. dollar exposure was actively hedged throughout the period and ended the year 50% hedged back into Canadian dollars.

PM Updates - September 2018

As of September 28, 2018, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per unit of LVU.UN was $11.09 versus $10.70 on June 29, 2018. Unitholders received regular distributions totaling $0.14937 per unit during the quarter.

The unit’s closed on September 28, 2018 with a bid price of $10.56 per unit which represents a 4.8% discount to its underlying NAV.

North American markets were mixed in the 3rd quarter, with the Canadian S&P/TSX Index declining 0.6% and the U.S. S&P 500 Index gaining 7.7%. In the Canadian market, 6 of 11 sectors were positive for the quarter, with Health Care leading the way up 31.1% due to strength in the Cannabis sector. The U.S. market saw 8 of 11 sectors with positive performance, also led by Health Care up 14.1%, while the Real Estate, Energy and Materials sectors lagged the broader market with negative returns.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index, measured in CAD dollars, rose during the period ending September 28, 2018 to 3,386.45 vs. 3,158.92 on June 29, 2018. Stocks within the portfolio had varying returns led by Eli Lilly and Company, which rose 26.5%, during the period. Meanwhile, Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. was the laggard during the period as it declined 7.4% while held within the portfolio.

Equity volatility, as measured by the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (“VIX”), remained low and traded in a narrow range between 10 and 16 for most of the quarter. The Fund opportunistically wrote call options during the period as the Fund on average had 7.8% of portfolio written during the period vs. 9.2% on average during the previous quarter.

The Fund held an average cash position of 6.0% during the period vs. 6.4% during the previous quarter. The U.S. dollar exposure was actively hedged throughout the period and ended the third quarter 75% hedged back into Canadian dollars.

PM Updates - June 2018

As of June 29, 2018, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per unit of LVU.UN was $10.70 versus $10.67 on March 29, 2018. Unitholders received regular distributions totaling $0.14434 per unit during the quarter.

The unit’s closed on June 29, 2018 with a price of $10.56 per unit which represents a 1.3% discount to its underlying NAV.

After a tumultuous first quarter of 2018, North American equities were more constructive in the second quarter with some indices moving to new all-time highs. After lagging most other global indices in the first quarter, the S&P/TSX Composite Index was one of the strongest markets in the second quarter with a total return of 6.75%, while in the U.S., the S&P 500 Index was up 3.43% and the NASDAQ Composite Index was up 6.6%. Meanwhile the MSCI EAFE Index was flat and the MSCI Emerging Markets Index was down during the period on concerns surrounding trade and tariffs.

The Energy sector led all other sectors in the S&P 500 Index in the second quarter, with a total return of 12.7%. Meanwhile, the Industrials sector lagged, with a total return of -3.7% during the quarter.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index, measured in CAD dollars, rose during the period ending June 29, 2018 to 3,1578.92 vs. 2,988.46 on March 29, 2018. Stocks within the portfolio had varying returns led by Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., which rose 30.6%, during the period. Meanwhile, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company was the laggard during the period as it declined 19.0% while held within the portfolio.

After spiking above 50 in early February, volatility, as measured by the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (“VIX”) drifted back towards the low levels witnessed over the past few years. The Fund still opportunistically wrote call options during the period as the Fund on average had 9.2% of portfolio written during the period vs. 8.5% on average during the previous quarter.

The Fund held an average cash position of 6.4% during the period vs. 6.0% during the previous quarter. The U.S. dollar exposure was 50% hedged back into Canadian dollars throughout the period.

PM Updates - March 2018

As of March 29, 2018, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per unit of LVU.UN was $10.67 versus $11.01 on December 29, 2017. Unitholders received regular distributions totaling $0.15405 per unit during the quarter.

The unit’s closed on March 29, 2018 with a bid price of $10.35 per unit which represents a 3.0% discount to its underlying NAV.

Global equity markets experienced heightened volatility in the first quarter of 2018, on fears surrounding rising interest rates, trade policy and market valuations. The S&P/TSX Composite Index lagged most other indices losing -4.5%, while in the U.S., the S&P 500 Index was down 0.76% and the international MSCI EAFE Index was down 1.58%.

The Information Technology sector led all other sectors in the S&P 500 Index in the first quarter, with a total return of 3.5%. Meanwhile, the Telecom Services sector was the worst performing sector, with a total return of -7.5% during the quarter.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index, measured in CAD $, rose during the period ending March 29, 2018 to 2,988.46 vs. 2,951.34 on December 29, 2017. Stocks within the portfolio had varying returns led by Amazon.com, Inc., which rose 23.8%, during the period. Meanwhile, Charter Communications, Inc. was the laggard during the period as it declined 15.7% while held within the portfolio.

Volatility, as measured by the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (“VIX”) picked up in the first quarter of 2018 after touching new all-time lows in late November 2017. As a result, the call writing activity picked up as the Fund on average had 8.5% of portfolio written during the period vs. 1% on average during the previous quarter.

The Fund ended the quarter with a cash position of 11.3% vs. 3.7% at the end of the previous quarter. The U.S. dollar exposure was 50% hedged back into Canadian dollars throughout the period.

PM Updates - December 2017

As of December 29, 2017, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per unit of LVU.UN was $11.01 versus $10.61 on September 29, 2017. Unitholders received regular distributions totaling $0.14864 per unit during the quarter.

The unit’s closed on December 29, 2017 with a bid price of $10.55 per unit which represents a 4.2% discount to its underlying NAV.

Global equity markets rallied strongly in the fourth quarter of 2017, with many indices closing the year at or near new all-time highs. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was one of the strongest performing indices in the fourth quarter with a total return of 11.0%, while the NASDAQ Composite Index in the U.S. was up 7.3%. Here in Canada, the S&P/TSX Composite Index which had lagged most other indices in the first three quarters of 2017, generated a total return of 4.4% in the fourth quarter.

The Consumer Discretionary sector led all other sectors in the S&P 500 Index in the fourth quarter, with a total return of 9.5%. Meanwhile, the Utilities sector was the worst performing sector, with a total return of -0.6% during the quarter.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index rose during the period ending December 29, 2017 to 2,951.34 vs. 2,750.30 on September 30, 2017. Stocks within the portfolio had varying returns led by home improvement retailers Lowe’s Companies, Inc. and The Home Depot, Inc., which rose 16.9% and 16.5%, respectively, during the period. Meanwhile, Amgen Inc. was the laggard during the period as it declined 8.8% while held within the portfolio due to reporting third quarter drug sales that missed analyst’s estimates.

Volatility levels, as measure by the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (“VIX”) remained at the lower end of its historical range, touch new all-time lows in late November, which adds to the challenge of overwriting. However, this low level of volatility and the manager’s favourable view on the market provided an opportunity to purchase calls options on select names while limiting the call writing activity over the period. The Fund on average had 1% of portfolio written during the period vs. 3.4% on average during the previous quarter while it ended the period with 0.2% of the NAV invested in calls pos.

The Fund maintained an average cash position of 5.1% during the period, but ended the quarter at 3.7% vs. 5.9% at the end of the previous quarter.

The U.S. dollar was mostly hedged back into Canadian dollars throughout the period and ended December with approximately 100% of the U.S. dollar exposure hedged.

PM Updates - September 2017

As of September 29, 2017, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per unit of LVU.UN was $10.61 versus $10.37 on June 30, 2017. Unitholders received regular distributions totaling $0.14382 per unit during the quarter.

The unit’s closing price on September 29, 2017 was $10.11 which represents a 4.7% discount to its underlying NAV.

Global equity markets for the most part maintained or continued their strong first half rally through the third quarter of 2017. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index was again one of the strongest performing indices in the third quarter with a total return of 8.0%, while the S&P 500 Index in the U.S. was up 4.5%. Here in Canada, the S&P/TSX Composite Index bounced back, rising 4.1 % after declining by 1.6% in the second quarter.

The Information Technology sector led all other sectors in the S&P 500 Index in the third quarter, with a total return of 8.6%. Meanwhile, the Consumer Staples was the worst performing sector, with a total return of -1.3% during the quarter.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index rose during the period ending September 29, 2017 to 2,203.06 vs. 2,103.35 on June 30, 2017. Stocks within the portfolio had varying returns led by The Boeing Company, which rose 29.3% during the period on the back of better than expected second quarter earnings along with boosting it guidance for the full year. Nike, Inc. was the laggard during the period as it declined 6.6% while held within the portfolio with most of the decline coming on August 18th, when its competitor Foot Locker shares plunged over 26% after missing revenue and earnings expectations.

Volatility remained subdued overall during the period with only a few days where it spiked towards 16. Due to our favourable view on the market as well as the low level of volatility, the call writing activity was limited over the period. The Fund on average had 3.4% of portfolio written during the period vs. 4.4% on average during the previous quarter.

Due to the Fund having an annual retraction privilege at the end of August, the Fund maintained an above average cash position of 9.8% during the period, but ended the quarter at 6.3% vs. 5.9% at the end of the previous quarter.

The U.S. dollar was mostly hedged back into Canadian dollars throughout the period and ended September with approximately 100% of the U.S. dollar exposure hedged, helping negate some of the negative impact of the 3.9% decline in the U.S. dollar vs. the Canadian dollar during the quarter.

PM Updates - June 2017

As of June 30, 2017, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per unit of LVU.UN was $10.37 versus $10.27 on March 31, 2017. Unitholders received regular distributions totaling $0.14318 per unit during the quarter.

The unit’s closing price on June 30, 2017 was $10.20 which represents a 1.6% discount to its underlying NAV.

Global equity markets for the most part maintained or continued their strong first quarter rally through the second quarter of 2017. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index was one of the strongest performing indices in the second quarter with a total return of 6.4%, while the S&P 500 Index in the U.S. was up 3.1%. Here in Canada, the S&P/TSX Composite Index declined 1.6% as weakness in the energy and materials sectors dragged down the performance.

The Health Care sector was by far the best performing sector in Canada and the U.S. in the second quarter of 2017 with returns of 13.4% and 7.1% respectively. Meanwhile the Energy sector remained the worst performing sector in Canada in the second quarter with a total return of -8.3% while the Telecommunication Services sector was the worst performing sector in the U.S. with a total return of -7.1%.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index rose during the period ending June 30, 2017 to 2,103.35 vs. 2,049.30 on March 31, 2017. Stocks within the portfolio had varying returns led by Paypal Holdings Inc., which rose 21.2% during the period on the back strong first quarter earnings along with announcing a new $5 billion share buyback. Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. was the laggard during the period as it declined 5.6% while held within the portfolio with most of the decline coming after it was reported that Amazon was buying health-focused grocery chain Whole Foods for US$13.7 billion.

While volatility remained subdued overall, it spiked for a brief period in the middle in April and May before drifting back toward historically low levels. The call writing activity was opportunistic over the period and took advantage of signals generated by the Strathbridge Selective Overwriting (“SSO”) strategy. The Fund ended June 30, 2017 with 5.0 percent of the Fund subject to covered calls, the same amount as at the end of the previous quarter.

The Fund maintained an average cash position of 5.0% during the period and ended the quarter at 5.9% vs. 5.2% at the end of the previous quarter.

The U.S. dollar was mostly hedged back into Canadian dollars throughout the period and ended June with approximately 100% of the U.S. dollar exposure hedged, helping negate some of the negative impact of the 3.5% decline in the U.S. dollar vs. the Canadian dollar during the quarter.

PM Updates - March 2017

As of March 31, 2017, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per unit of LVU.UN was $10.27 versus $10.16 on December 30, 2016. Unitholders received regular distributions totaling $0.1414 per unit during the quarter.

The unit’s closing price on March 31, 2017 was $10.00 which represents a 2.6% discount to its underlying NAV.

Global equity markets for the most part continued their strong post-Trump election rally into the first quarter of 2017. The Nasdaq Composite Index was one of the strongest performing indices in the first quarter with a total return of 10.1 %, while the S&P 500 Index in the U.S. was up 3.8%. Here in Canada, the S&P/TSX Composite Index rose 2.4%.

The Financials sector which was by far the best performing sector in Canada and the U.S. during the fourth quarter of 2016 on expectations of higher net interest margins and less regulation gave way to the Information Technology and Consumer Discretionary sectors in the first quarter of 2017. Meanwhile, the Energy sector which was one of the best performing sectors in 2016 has been one of the worst performing sectors so far in 2017.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index rose during the period ending March 31, 2017 to 2049.3 vs. 1,931.7 on December 30, 2016. Stocks within the portfolio had varying returns, led by Apple Inc. which rose 24.6% during the period on the back of record iPhone sales reported in its first quarter results. United Parcel Service Inc. was the laggard during the period as it declined 7.5% while held within the portfolio with most of the decline coming after the company reported weaker than expected fourth quarter earnings and issued downside guidance for 2017.

Volatility as measured by the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) remained at the low end of the range it has been trading at over the past few years, namely in the 10.5% to 13.0% range. The Fund stayed open on most of the portfolio during the period but did selectively write some covered calls from time to time. It ended the quarter with none of the portfolio written vs. 5.0% at the end of the previous quarter.

The Fund maintained an average cash position of 4.0% during the period and ended the quarter at 5.1% vs. 4.6% in the previous quarter.

The U.S. dollar was mostly hedged back into Canadian dollars throughout the period and ended the first quarter with approximately 100% of the U.S. dollar exposure hedged.

PM Updates - December 2016

As of December 30, 2016, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per unit of LVU.UN was $10.16, unchanged from September 30, 2016. Unitholders received regular distributions totaling $0.13805 per unit during the quarter.

The unit’s closing price on December 30, 2016 was $9.86 which represents a 2.95% discount to its underlying NAV.

Most global equity markets rallied strongly in the fourth quarter of 2016 with the majority of the performance coming after the election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States on November 8, 2016. The S&P/TSX Composite Index rose 4.5% while the S&P 500 Index in the U.S. was up 3.8%. Meanwhile, Asian markets declined during the period, dragging the international MSCI EAFE Index down 0.6%.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index rose during the period ending December 30, 2016 at 1,931.7 vs. 1,856.8 on September 30, 2016. Stocks within the portfolio had varying returns, led by Bank of America Corp. which rose 41.7%. The Financials sector was by far the best performing sector in the fourth quarter on expectations of a steeper yield curve and less regulation. Kinder Morgan Inc. was the biggest drag to the performance of the Fund as it declined 12.7% while held within the portfolio.

Volatility moved higher heading into the U.S. Election as the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (VIX) went from 13% on October 24th to 22.5% on November 4th. After the election, volatility declined swiftly hitting a low for the year on December 21st at 10.9%. The Fund stayed open on most of the portfolio during the period but did selectively write some covered calls and ended the quarter with 5.0% of the portfolio written vs. 2.4% at the end of the previous quarter.

The Fund maintained an average cash position of 4.6% during the period and ended the quarter at 3.6% vs. 1.6% at the end of the previous quarter.

The U.S. dollar was mostly hedged back into Canadian dollars throughout the period and ended December with approximately 50% of the U.S. dollar exposure hedged.

PM Updates - September 2016

As of September 30, 2016, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per unit of LVU.UN was $10.16 versus $10.26 on June 30, 2016. Unitholders received regular distributions totaling $0.14025 per unit during the quarter.

The unit’s closing price on September 30, 2016 was $9.81 which represents a 3.4% discount to its underlying NAV.

Global equity markets rallied in the third quarter of 2016 with most of the performance coming in July and August as September, traditionally the weakest month of the year, ended with little change. The S&P/TSX Index rose 5.4% and the S&P 500 Index in the U.S. was up 3.8% while the international index (EAFE) led the way up 6.5% as investor concerns around ‘Brexit” receded.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index rose during the period ending September 30, 2016 at 1,856.8 vs. 1,787.3 on June 30, 2016. Stocks within the portfolio had varying returns, led for consecutive quarters by online retailer Amazon.com, Inc. which rose 17.0%. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company was the biggest drag to the performance of the Fund as it declined 18.4% while held within the portfolio. Most of the decline occurred after the Company announced its Opdivo drug failed in its first-line treatment for non-small cell lung cancer patients.

Volatility was range bound during the period as the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (“VIX”) traded in a range of 10% to 15%. The Fund stayed open on most of the portfolio during the period but did selectively write some covered calls and ended the quarter with 2.4% of the portfolio written vs. 6.1% at the end of the previous quarter.

The Fund maintained an average cash position of 6.8% during the period and ended the quarter at 1.5% vs. 15.7% at the end of the previous quarter.

The U.S. dollar was mostly hedged back into Canadian dollars throughout the period and ended September with approximately 100% of the U.S. dollar exposure hedged.

PM Updates - June 2016

As of June 30, 2016, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per unit of LVU.UN was $10.26 versus $10.52 on March 31, 2016. Unitholders received regular distributions totaling $0.14415 per unit during the quarter.

The unit’s closing price on June 30, 2016 was $10.00 which represents a 2.5% discount to its underlying NAV.

Global equity markets were mixed in the second quarter of 2016 with markets in North America showing positive results while International markets were modestly lower. The S&P/TSX Index rose 5.1% and the S&P 500 Index in the U.S. was up 2.4% while the international index (EAFE) was down 1.2% with most of the decline occurring after the “Brexit” vote was decided on June 23 with 52 percent of Great Britain voting in favor to leave the European Union. The news roiled global markets immediately following the vote but rebounded by quarter-end. The longer term impacts on the region and the world are not yet known.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index rose during the period ending June 30, 2016 at 1,787.3 vs. 1,747.8 on March 31, 2016. Stocks within the portfolio had varying returns led by online retailer Amazon.com, Inc., which rose 20.5% during the quarter with most of the rise coming after the company posted blow out first quarter earnings that nearly doubled analyst’s expectations. American Express Company was the biggest drag to the performance of the Fund as it declined 8.7% while held within the portfolio.

After a fairly volatile first quarter of 2016, the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (VIX) retreated for most of the second quarter before briefly spiking on the “Brexit” news on June 23rd. Volatility stayed elevated only for a few days before declining as markets staged a meaningful rally into quarter-end. The Fund was active in its covered-call writing during the period and ended the quarter with 6.1% of the portfolio written vs. 2.2% at the end of the previous quarter.

The Fund maintained a slightly higher average cash position of 6.4% during the period and ended the quarter at 15.7% vs. 3.8% at the end of the previous quarter.

The U.S. dollar was actively hedged back into Canadian dollars throughout the period and ended June with approximately 50% of the U.S. dollar exposure hedged.

PM Updates - March 2016

As of March 31, 2016, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per unit of LVU.UN was $10.52 versus $10.99 on December 31, 2015. Unitholders received regular distributions totaling $0.14602 per unit during the quarter.

The unit’s closing price on March 31, 2016 was $10.15 which represents a 3.5% discount to its underlying NAV.

Global equity market performance was “A Tale of Two Cities” in the first quarter of 2016. From the start of the year up to the lows on February 11, 2106, most global indices over 10% due to concerns surrounding global growth. The WTI Crude Oil spot price declined over 30% during the same period. Since then, many markets have advanced over 10% erasing most if not all of the losses incurred earlier in the year as global macroeconomic indicators started to show some signs of improvement. By the end of the quarter, the S&P/TSX Composite advanced 4.5%, the S&P 500 Index advanced 1.3%, while the WTI Crude Oil spot price ended the period down only 0.5% to end at US$36.94 per barrel.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index rose slightly during the period ending March 31, 2016 at 1,747.8 vs. 1,734.4 on September 30, 2015. Stocks within the portfolio had varying returns led by Exelon Corporation, an Illinois based utility holding company that advanced 20.2%, as yield and defensive sectors led the market during the quarter. Home improvement retailer Lowe’s Companies Inc. was the biggest drag to the performance of the Fund as it declined 16% while held within the portfolio.

After a fairly stable fourth quarter of 2015, the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (“VIX”) rose on the back of market weakness in January and February up to the 30 level which was last observed in August of 2015. The VIX has subsequently declined back to around 14, the low end of the range over the past few years. The Fund was active in its covered-call writing during the period and ended the quarter with 2.2% of the portfolio written, showing no change from the previous quarter.

The manager actively altered the cash position during the period and ended the quarter at 3.8% vs. 4.5% at the end of the previous quarter.

The manager became more concerned with the Fund’s exposure to the U.S. dollar during the quarter and increased the hedge to 100% of the U.S. dollar exposure from 50% at the end of 2015.

PM Updates - December 2015

As of December 31, 2015, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per unit of LVU.UN was $10.99 versus $10.39 on September 30, 2015. Unitholders received regular distributions totaling $0.14859 per unit during the quarter.

The unit’s closing price on December 31, 2015 was $10.37 which represents a 5.6% discount to its underlying NAV.

Global equity markets mostly advanced in the fourth quarter of 2015 with strong gains generated in October partially offset by weakness in December. The S&P 500 Index advanced 7.0% during the period, while the S&P/TSX Composite was an exception as it declined 1.4% due to weak commodity prices emanating from concerns surrounding slower growth in China and other emerging markets.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index also rose during the period ending December 31, 2015 at 1,734.4 vs. 1,604.8 on September 30, 2015.

Stocks within the portfolio had varying returns led by NVIDIA Corp. which advanced 20.8% during the period, and was up 8.1% alone on October 22nd when the company reported better than expected third quarter earnings as well as the first rise in sales in the U.S. in over 2 years. Apple Inc., on the other hand, was the biggest drag during the period declining 4.2%.

After a fairly volatile third quarter, the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (“VIX”) declined in the fourth quarter to an average level of 17.1 for the period. The Fund was active in its covered-call writing during the period and ended the quarter with 2.2% of the portfolio written vs. 10.2% at the end of the previous quarter.

As investment opportunities arose, the Fund’s cash position was reduced during the period with an average cash position of 6.6% and ended the quarter at 4.5% vs. 26.6% at the end of the previous quarter.

The Fund ended the period with approximately 50% of the U.S. dollar exposure hedged back to the Canadian dollar.

PM Updates - September 2015

As of September 30, 2015, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per unit of LVU.UN was $10.39 versus $10.94 on June 30, 2015. Unitholders received regular distributions totaling $0.15056 per unit during the quarter.

The unit’s closing price on September 30, 2015 was $10.40 which represents a $0.01 premium to its underlying NAV.

Global equity markets were down across the board in the third quarter of 2015 due to concerns surrounding slower growth in emerging market economies (most notably China) and the effects on global growth. Global indices were down anywhere from 6.9% for the S&P 500 Index to 28.6% for the Shanghai SE A Share market, with the flash crash on August 24th contributing most of the weakness. The resource heavy S&P/TSX Composite was also down 8.6% during the quarter, due to its dependence on emerging market’s demand for its resources.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index declined during the period ending September 30, 2015 at 1,604.8 vs. 1,708.5 on June 30, 2015.

Stocks within the portfolio had varying returns led by Nike Inc. that advanced 14.1% during the period, and was up 8.9% alone on September 25th when the company reported a 23% increase in its first quarter earnings due to sales rising 36% in China. Healthcare companies, Abbott Laboratories and Pfizer Inc., were the biggest drags to the performance of the Fund declining 11.5% and 5.6% respectively. Meanwhile, National Oilwell Varco Inc., which the Fund did not own, was the biggest decliner in the universe, down 21.1% in the quarter as Crude Oil WTI Spot prices declined by 24.2% over the same period.

Volatility was fairly subdued in July and the first half of August, but started to rise after the FOMC meeting in August when the minutes revealed there was less of chance for the Federal Reserve to embark on its first tightening cycle in over a decade. The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (“VIX”) spiked over 45% to a level of 40.74 on August 24th, the same day as the flash crash when the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down more than 1,000 points intraday. The Fund was active in its covered-call writing during the period and ended the quarter with 10.2% of the portfolio written.

The Manager became more cautious during the period and increased the Fund’s cash position which ended the quarter at 26.6% vs. 2.9% in the previous quarter.

The Fund ended the period with approximately 70% of the U.S. dollar exposure hedged back to the Canadian dollar.

PM Updates - June 2015

As of June 30, 2015, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per unit of LVU.UN was $10.94 versus $11.33 on March 31, 2015. Unitholders received regular distributions totaling $0.15218 per unit during the quarter.

The unit’s closing price June 30, 2015 was $10.82 which represents a 1.1% discount to its underlying NAV.

Global equity markets generated mixed returns in the second quarter of 2015 due to concerns surrounding whether Greece would exit the Eurozone or not. European markets felt most of the brunt of “Grexit” risk as the DAX 30 in Germany and CAC 40 in France declined 8.5% and 4.8% respectively. Although the Shanghai Class A market declined 7.2% in June, it was still the top performing market globally in the 2nd quarter, rising 14%.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index rose slightly during the period ending June 30, 2015 at 1,708.5 vs. 1,687.4 on March 31, 2015.

Stocks within the portfolio had varying returns, led by Eli Lilly & Company and Mondelez International Inc. - Class A, up 15.7% and 14.4% respectively. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., which the Fund did not own, was down 13.2% in the quarter.

Volatility during the quarter remained towards the low end of the range it has traded in the past few years. The Fund has been selective in its covered call writing and ended the quarter with 8.2% of the portfolio written.

The Fund maintained a high investment position during the period and ended the quarter with a cash position of 2.9% vs. 0.7% at the end of the previous quarter.

The Fund ended the period with approximately 80% of the U.S. dollar exposure hedged back to the Canadian dollar.

PM Updates - March 2015

As of March 31, 2015, the Net Asset Value per unit of LVU.UN was $11.33, flat vs. $11.33 on December 31, 2014. Unitholders received regular distributions totaling $0.1568 per unit during the quarter.

The unit’s closing market price March 31, 2015 was $11.34 which represents a 1 cent premium to its underlying NAV.

Global equity markets advanced in the first quarter of 2015, albeit at differing degrees as Europe, China and Japan led the way on optimism that recent quantitative easing measures by their respective central bank would have a similar effect that it did for U.S. markets.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index was essentially flat during the period ending the quarter at 1,687.4 vs. 1,689.8 on December 31, 2014.

Stocks within the portfolio had varying returns led by Starbucks Corp. up 15.8% while, National Oilwell Varco Corp., which the Fund didn’t own, was down 23% as oil prices continued to decline with WTI Spot Cushing down another 10.7% during the period.

After starting off 2015 at elevated levels, volatility slowly declined to end the first quarter at the low end of the range for the past few years. The Fund has been selective in its covered-call writing and ended the quarter with 10.6% of the portfolio written.

The Fund maintained a high investment position during the period and ended the quarter with a cash position of 0.7% vs. 1.4 % at the end of the previous quarter.

The Fund ended the period with approximately 50% of the U.S. dollar exposure hedged back to the Canadian dollar.

PM Updates - December 2014

As of December 31, 2014, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per unit of LVU.UN was $11.33 versus $10.97 on September 30, 2014. Unitholders received regular distributions totaling $0.1524 per unit during the quarter plus a special distribution of $0.10 per unit that was paid on October 31, 2014.

The unit’s closing price on December 31, 2014 was $11.00 which represents a discount of 2.9% to its underlying NAV.

Most global equity markets retreated in the early part of the fourth quarter of 2014 on concerns around the U.S. Federal Reserve ending quantitative easing in October, a substantial decline in energy commodity prices as well as deflation risks surrounding Europe and Japan. However, most markets rebounded strongly into the end of the year as U.S. payrolls continued to strengthen and third quarter GDP in the U.S. came in well above expectations at 5%.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index increased during the period, rising to 1,701.96 from 1,630.35 on September 30, 2014. Stocks within the Low Volatility U.S. Equity Income Fund portfolio had varying returns, led by CVS Health Corp. up 21.4% during the quarter. Meanwhile, Apache Corp., which the Fund didn’t own during the period, was down by approximately 33% on the back of weaker oil prices as WTI Spot Cushing dropped 41.4% in the quarter to end the year at US$53.45 per barrel.

Volatility levels remained at the low end of the range for most of the period and the Fund was less active with its covered call writing. The Fund ended the quarter with 2.2% of the portfolio subject to covered calls.

The Fund maintained a high investment position during the period and ended the quarter with a cash position of 1.4% vs. 0.2% at the end of the previous quarter.

The Manager remains positive on companies within the Low Volatility U.S. Equity Income Fund universe due to their leverage to an improving U.S. economy, strong corporate balance sheets and earnings as well as continued attractive valuations on both an absolute and relative basis. All of this while at the same time providing superior diversification and lower volatility.

PM Updates - September 2014

As of September 30, 2014, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per unit of LVU.UN was $10.97 versus $10.89 on June 30, 2014. Unitholders received regular distributions totaling $0.14496 per unit during the quarter plus a special distribution of $0.10 per unit that was paid on September 30, 2014.

On July 23, 2014, the Fund announced a 10% increase in the annual distribution rate to 5.5% of NAV from 5% of NAV due to the strong performance of the Fund along with realized capital gains which are expected to exceed the regular monthly distributions for 2014.

The units closing price on September 30, 2014 was $10.75 which represents a discount of 2.0% to its underlying NAV.

Many global equity markets reached all-time highs during the third quarter of 2014 before retreating into the end of the period due to concerns about slowing global growth as well as deflation risks surrounding Europe and Japan. U.S. equities outperformed Canadian and International stocks during the period, especially when converted into Canadian dollars as the U.S. dollar rose 4.7% vs. the Loonie.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index increased during the period to 1,630.35 from 1,592.32 on June 30, 2014. Stocks within the Low Volatility U.S. Equity Income Fund portfolio had varying returns led by Facebook Inc. up 17.5% after reporting a 138% increase in second quarter earnings and a 61% increase in revenues to $US2.81 billion during the period. Meanwhile, Walgreen Co. lagged in the third quarter, down 19.6% with most of the decline occurring after it reported on August 6, 2014 it would also abandon its plan to do a corporate inversion and shift its tax base out of the United States that was expected to cut corporate taxes significantly. Walgreen’s also reported that it would acquire the 55% of Alliance Boots, Britain’s largest pharmacy chain, it didn’t own for 5 billion pounds.

Volatility levels remained at the low end of the range for most of the period but did start to rise towards the end of September as the S&P 500 started to sell off after reaching an all-time high on September 19, the same day that Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba became the biggest initial public offering ever. The fund was less active with its covered call writing for most of the period but did increase the call writing into the end of September as volatility rose. The Fund ended the quarter with 1.1% of the portfolio subject to covered calls.

The fund maintained a high investment position during the period and ended the quarter with a cash position of 0.2% vs. 0.8% at the end of the previous quarter.

The Manager remains positive on companies within the Low Volatility U.S. Equity Income Fund universe due to their leverage to an improving U.S. economy, strong corporate balance sheets and earnings as well as continued attractive valuations on both an absolute and relative basis. All of this while at same time providing superior diversification and lower volatility.

PM Updates - June 2014

As of June 30, 2014, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) of LVU.UN was $10.89 versus $10.98 on March 31, 2014. Unitholders received distributions totaling $0.13512 during the quarter.

The units closing price on June 30, 2014 was $10.65 which represents a discount of 2.2% to its underlying NAV.

After posting mixed returns during the first quarter of 2014, global equity markets resumed their uptrend in the second quarter, as economic data out of the U.S. started to rebound from the weakness driven by harsh weather experienced this past winter.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index increased slightly during the period to 1,592.32 from 1,515.28 on March 31, 2014. Stocks within the Portfolio had varying returns led by Intel Corporation up 19.7% on better than expected first quarter earnings reported during the period. Meanwhile, IBM Corp. lagged the group in the second quarter, down 5.8% after reporting the 8th consecutive quarterly decline in revenues with hardware sales declining 23% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2014.

The Fund maintained a high investment position during the period and ended the quarter with a cash position of 0.8% vs. 2.7% at the end of the previous quarter.

The Manager remains positive on companies within the Investment Universe due to their leverage to an improving U.S. economy, strong corporate balance sheets and earnings as well as continued attractive valuations on both an absolute and relative basis while, at the same time, providing superior diversification and lower volatility.

PM Updates - March 2014

As of March 31, 2014, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) of LVU.UN was $10.98 versus $10.97 on December 31, 2013. Unitholders received distributions totaling $0.1340 during the quarter.

On March 25, 2014, the Fund declared a special cash distribution in the amount of $0.25 per unit payable on April 30, 2014 to unitholders of record on April 15, 2014.

The units’ closing price on March 31, 2014 was $10.57 which represents a discount of 3.7% to its underlying NAV.

After performing strongly in 2013, global equity markets posted mixed returns for the first quarter of 2014 due to geo-political tension between Ukraine and Russia as well as concerns that U.S. Federal Reserve might start to raise interest rates sooner than expected.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index increased slightly during the period to 1,515.28 from 1,498.88 on December 31, 2013. Stocks within the portfolio of Low Volatility U.S. Equity Income Fund had varying returns led by Exelon Corporation, up 23.8% on increased power generation and higher electricity prices in Illinois and Pennsylvania due to harsh winter weather during the quarter. Meanwhile, The Boeing Company lagged the group in the first quarter, down 7.5% on valuation concerns after its stock increased 84.7% in 2013.

Volatility levels rose briefly at the end of January to around 21.5 after it was reported that Russian troops were occupying Crimea, an autonomous republic of Ukraine. The CBOE SPX Volatility Index (VIX) averaged just under 15 for the first quarter of 2014. Due to the low level of volatility, the Fund was less active with its covered call writing during the period and ended with 12.1% of the portfolio subject to covered calls.

The Fund maintained a high investment position during the period and ended the quarter with a cash position of 2.1% vs. 2.3% at the end of the previous quarter.

The Manager remains positive on companies within the portfolio universe of Low Volatility U.S. Equity Income Fund due to their leverage to an improving U.S. economy, strong corporate balance sheets and earnings as well as continued attractive valuations on both an absolute and relative basis. All of this while at the same time providing superior diversification and lower volatility.

PM Updates - December 2013

As of December 31, 2013, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) of LVU.UN was $10.97 versus $10.06 on September 30, 2013. Unitholders received distributions totaling $0.13088 during the quarter

The units closing price on December 31, 2013 was $10.45 which represents a discount of 4.7% to its underlying NAV.

Global equity markets continued to advance in the fourth quarter of 2013 with many indices finishing the year at new all-time highs reflecting improved global economic data and accommodative central bank monetary policy.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index increased to 1,498.88 from 1,353.22 during the period. Stocks within its portfolio had varying returns led by Google Inc. (“GOOG”) up 27.9% on strong third quarter earnings and revenues that topped analyst’s expectations. Meanwhile, Starbucks Corporation (“SBUX”) lagged the group in the fourth quarter, up 2.2% during the period after an analyst report raised concerns about slowing sales growth in the Americas.

Volatility levels rose briefly at the start of the period as the U.S. Government shut down for 16 days in October as brinkmanship ruled the day. The CBOE SPX Volatility Index (“VIX”) rose to over 20 but quickly retraced and ended 2013 at the lower end of the range over the last twenty years. The Fund was not very active with its covered call writing during the period and ended with none of the portfolio subject to covered calls.

The Fund maintained a high investment position during the period and ended the quarter with a cash position of 2.3% vs. 2.7% at the end of September.

The Manager remains very positive on companies within the investment universe due to their leverage to an improving U.S. economy, strong corporate balance sheets and earnings as well as continued attractive valuations on both an absolute and relative basis. All of this while at same time providing superior diversification and lower volatility.

PM Updates - September 2013

As of September 30, 201, the Net Asset Value (NAV) of LVU.UN increased to $10.06 compared to $9.53 on June 28, 2013. Unitholders also received distributions totaling $0.12196 during the quarter.

The closing price of the units on September 30, 2013 was $9.81 which represents a discount of 2.5% to its underlying NAV.

Global equity markets continued their rally from the first two quarters of 2013 on improved global economic data and also after U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, surprised the market by delaying the tapering of quantitative easing at its Federal Open Market Committee meeting in September.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index increased to 1,353.22 from 1,295.91 during the period. Stocks within the Low Volatility U.S. Equity Income Fund portfolio had varying returns led by Gilead
Sciences Inc. (GILD) up 22.6% on strong trial results for its HIV drug, Viread, and also its hepatitis C treatment. Meanwhile, Target Corp. (TGT) lagged the group, down 6.5% during the period after the stock was downgraded by a large U.S. brokerage firm in August on valuation and concerns that the expansion into Canada is not as profitable as originally expected.

Volatility levels remained low for the period with the CBOE SPX Volatility Index (VIX) still at the lower end of the range over the last twenty years. The Fund was selective with its covered call writing during the period and ended the quarter with 18.9% of the portfolio subject to covered calls.

The Fund maintained a high investment position during the period and ended the quarter with a cash position of 2.7% vs. 5.8% at the end of June.

The Manager remains very positive on companies within the Low Volatility U.S. Equity Income Fund universe due to their leverage to an improving U.S. economy, strong corporate balance sheets and earnings as well as continued attractive valuations on both an absolute and relative basis. All of this while at same time providing superior diversification and lower volatility.

PM Updates - June 2013

As of June 28, 2013, the Net Asset Value (NAV) of LVU.UN was $9.53 versus $9.45 on March 28, 2013. Unitholders received cash distributions totaling $0.12 during the quarter.

The unit’s closing price on June 28, 2013 was $9.02 which represents a discount of 5.4% to its underlying NAV.

Global equity markets continued their rally from the first quarter of 2013 advancing in April and most of May on improved economic data out of the U.S. and other parts of the world. Markets corrected considerably for the rest of the period after the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman, Ben Bernanke, signaled to the market that the Central Bank may start to taper their bond purchase program later this year.

The S&P 100 Total Return Index increased from 1259.65 to 1295.91 during the period. Stocks within the investment portfolio had varying returns led by The Boeing Company (BA) up 16.18% as concerns dissipated. Investors were concerned that Washington would drastically cut defense spending after the passage of the Fiscal Cliff at the end of 2012. Meanwhile, American Electric Power Company, Inc. (AEP) lagged the group, down 7.01% during the period as interest sensitive sectors such as Utilities underperformed at the time when 10-year U.S. Treasury Yields went back up from 1.85% at the end of March to 2.49% at the end of June.

Volatility levels remained low for the period with the CBOE SPX Volatility Index (VIX) still at the lower end of the range over the last twenty years. The Fund was selective with its covered call writing during the period but increased its overwriting activity during the correction in June and ended with 29.1% of the portfolio subject to covered calls.

The Fund maintained a high investment position during the period and ended the quarter with a cash position of 5.8% vs. 42.9% at the end of March as the Fund started trading on March 13, 2013.

The Manager remains very positive on companies within the Low Volatility U.S. Equity Income Fund universe due to their leverage to an improving U.S. economy, strong corporate balance sheets and earnings as well as continued attractive valuations on both an absolute and relative basis. The Fund is expected to benefit from these factors while at same time providing superior diversification and lower volatility.

PM Updates - March 2013

As of March 31, 2013, the Net Asset Value (“NAV”) of LVU.UN was $9.45 versus the initial NAV of $9.32 on the closing date of March 13, 2013. The unit’s closing price on March 31, 2013 was $9.70 which represents a premium of 2.6% to its underlying NAV.

No distributions were paid during the period since the inception date of the Fund was March 13, 2013. The first distribution of $0.03954 per unit, payable April 30, 2013, represents a distribution policy of 5.0% per annum on the NAV of the unit.

Global equity markets moved higher in the first quarter of 2013 as markets concerns surrounding the “Fiscal Cliff” in the U.S. dissipated after a last minute deal was reached at the end of 2012 that increased taxation but pushed out mandatory spending cuts to March 1, 2013. At the same time, sovereign default risk in Europe reared its head once again as Cyprus became the latest country requiring a bailout of its banking system.

During the period beginning March 13, 2013, the S&P 100 Total Return Index increased 0.9% from 1248.65 to 1259.65 on March 31, 2013.  Stocks within the Low Volatility U.S. Equity Income Fund universe (the “portfolio universe”) had varying returns led by Walgreen Company (“WAG”), which the Fund still owns, that increased 16.2%. WAG announced a 10year contract with AmerisourceBergen on March 19, 2013 which will help create one of the first truly global drug supply chains. Meanwhile, FedEx Corp. (“FDX”), which the Fund also owned, lagged the group, down 7.7% during the period on weaker international air cargo statistics.

Volatility levels remained low for the period with the CBOE SPX Volatility Index (“VIX”) back to levels not seen since 2007. The Fund wrote calls on only one position during the period and ended with 1.9% of the portfolio subject to covered calls.

As at March 31, 2013 the Fund was 64% invested as the Manager judiciously invested the proceeds of the offering in a systematic manner over the period. The rest of the proceeds have been subsequently invested with the objective of reducing the cash position down below 5% being achieved in early April.
Stocks within the portfolio universe are characterized as having a low beta relative to the market and are generally regarded as defensive investments with strong dividend growth. The Manager remains positive on companies within the portfolio universe due to their ability to provide some downside protecting in a declining market but still give investors market exposure in a rising market. At the same time, many of these companies have demonstrated a track record of paying strong and growing dividends over time which we view as positive in the current low interest rate environment.

Fund Features

Objectives

The Fund’s investment objectives are:

  • to maximize risk adjusted returns for unitholders; and
  • to pay unitholders monthly cash distributions in an amount targeted to be 5.0% per annum on the NAV per unit.

 

Investment Strategy

The Fund will invest in a conservative portfolio consisting of large capitalization equity securities selected from the S&P 100 Index with a beta of less than 1.0, combined with selective covered call option writing designed to enhance portfolio income and mitigate downside risk. Beta is a financial term used as a measure of a security’s or a portfolio’s return in relation to the market. A beta of less than 1.0 indicates that the price of a security will generally vary to a lesser extent than the movement of the market and a beta of greater than 1.0 indicates that the price of a security will generally vary to a greater extent than the movement of the market.

To generate additional returns above the dividend income earned on the Fund's investment portfolio, the Fund will, from time to time, write covered call options in respect of a portion of the securities in its portfolio. In addition, the Fund may write cash covered put options and may invest up to 10% of net assets to purchase call options, both in respect of securities in which the Fund is permitted to invest.

 

Option Strategy

The Fund employs option strategies to generate additional returns above the distributions earned on its equity securities.

 

Distributions

The Fund intends to pay monthly cash distributions on the last day of each month in an amount targeted to be 5.0% per annum on the NAV of the Fund.

 

Redemptions

The Fund is redeemable annually in August of each year beginning in 2014 at 100% of Net Asset Value less costs, at the option of the unitholder and monthly at a discount to market price.

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Redemption Deadlines
Units may be surrendered at any time for redemption, but will be redeemed only on a Redemption Date, being the last business day of any month. Units surrendered for redemption by a Unitholder on or before the first business day of August 2014 or any year thereafter (the “Annual Redemption Date”) will be redeemed on such Annual Redemption Date. Units surrendered for redemption by a Unitholder at least ten business days prior to the last day of any other month (a “Monthly Redemption Date”), will be redeemed on such Monthly Redemption Date. Unitholders will receive payment for the Units on or before the 15th day following any such Redemption Date. If a Unitholder surrenders Units after 5:00 p.m. (EST) on the applicable cut-off date, the Units will be redeemed on the following Redemption Date. Redemption notices must be delivered to the Fund by an investor’s advisory form in sufficient time to meet the deadline.

Annual Redemption
Beginning in August 2014, units surrendered for redemption on or before the first business day of August will be redeemed at 100% of net asset value less costs, valued on the last business day of August being the redemption day. Costs may include an amount equal to the aggregate of all brokerage fees, commissions and other costs incurred by the Fund in connection with such payment, including, but not limited to, costs incurred in liquidating securities held in the Fund’s portfolio. Payment will be received on or before the 15th day following the redemption day.

Monthly Redemption
For Unitholders whose Units are redeemed on any other Redemption Date, the redemption price per Unit will be equal to the lesser of:

  1. 95% of the Market Price. For such purposes, “Market Price” means the weighted average trading price of the Units on the principal stock exchange on which the Units are listed for the ten trading days immediately preceding the applicable Redemption Date, and
  2. 100% of the Closing Market Price of the Units on the applicable Redemption Date, minus an amount equal to the aggregate of all brokerage fees, commissions and other costs incurred by the Fund in connection with such payment, including, but not limited to, costs incurred in liquidating securities held in the Fund’s portfolio. For such purposes, the “Closing Market Price” means the closing price of the Units on the principal stock exchange on which the Units are listed or, if there was no trade on the relevant date, the average of the last bid and the last asking prices of the Units on the principal stock exchange on which the Units are listed.

Any unpaid distribution payable on or before the applicable Redemption Date in respect of Units tendered for redemption on such Redemption Date will also be paid on the applicable Redemption Payment Date.

 

Leverage

The Fund will not employ leverage.

 

Termination

There is no fixed termination date as units may be sold daily on the TSX or redeemed annually at net asset value per unit.

 

CUSIP ISIN

CUSIP – 54750V100
ISIN - CA 54750V1004

 

Eligibility

RRSPs, DPSPs, RRIFs, RESPs and TFSAs

 

Management Fees

The Fund pays a management fee of 1.0% of net asset value annually to Strathbridge Asset Management for acting as the Manager and the Investment Manager.

 

Service Fee

A service fee of 0.40% of NAV per unit per annum is paid quarterly to Investment Advisors

 

MER

The Fund’s Management Expense Ratio (“MER”) is the sum of all operating expenses, including management and service fees but excluding portfolio transaction costs, expressed as percentage of average net asset value.

 

Inception Date

03/13/2013

 

Manager

Strathbridge Asset Management

 

Hedging

The Fund may hedge its U.S. dollar exposure back to the Canadian dollar at the descretion of the Manager.

 

Documentation

Date:      Type:      Description
November 19, 2019 Press Release LVU: Announces Merger Exchange Ratio into MPY
November 04, 2019 Press Release LVU: Announces Unitholder Approval of Merger
October 11, 2019 Press Release LVU: Notice of Special Meetings of Unitholders
October 11, 2019 Prospectus Joint Information Circular
October 02, 2019 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
September 27, 2019 Press Release LVU Announces Special Meeting
September 04, 2019 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
August 28, 2019 Financial Report 2019 Semi-Annual Report
August 28, 2019 Press Release LVU: Announces Semi-Annual Results
August 06, 2019 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
July 03, 2019 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
June 04, 2019 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
May 06, 2019 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
April 03, 2019 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
March 21, 2019 Annual Information Form Annual Information Form Low Volatility U.S. Equity Income Fund
March 21, 2019 Financial Report 2018 Annual Report
March 21, 2019 Press Release LVU: Announces Year End Results
March 11, 2019 IRC Report IRC Report for Low Volatility U.S. Equity Income Fund
March 05, 2019 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
February 06, 2019 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
January 02, 2019 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distriobution
December 04, 2018 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
November 15, 2018 Press Release LVU: Announces Two-For-One Unit Split
November 05, 2018 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
October 02, 2018 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
September 04, 2018 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distributions
August 24, 2018 Financial Report 2018 Semi-Annual Report
August 24, 2018 Press Release LVU: Annonces Semi-Annual Results
August 02, 2018 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
July 03, 2018 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
June 04, 2018 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
May 02, 2018 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
April 03, 2018 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
March 29, 2018 Annual Information Form Annual Information Form Low Volatility U.S. Equity Income Fund
March 22, 2018 Financial Report 2017 Annual Report
March 22, 2018 Press Release LVU: Announces Year End Results
March 02, 2018 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
February 05, 2018 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
January 02, 2018 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
December 05, 2017 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distributions
November 06, 2017 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Distribution
October 03, 2017 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
September 05, 2017 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
August 28, 2017 Financial Report 2017 Semi-Annual Report
August 28, 2017 Press Release LVU: Announces Semi-Annual Results
August 02, 2017 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distributions
July 05, 2017 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distributions
May 29, 2017 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
May 02, 2017 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
April 04, 2017 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
March 31, 2017 Annual Information Form Annual Information Form Low Volatility U.S. Equity Income Fund
March 22, 2017 Financial Report 2016 Annual Report
March 22, 2017 Press Release LVU: Announces Annual Results
March 06, 2017 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
February 03, 2017 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
January 04, 2017 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
December 05, 2016 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
November 02, 2016 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
October 04, 2016 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
September 06, 2016 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distributions
August 23, 2016 Financial Report 2016 Semi-Annual Report
August 23, 2016 Press Release LVU: Announces Semi-Annual Results
August 03, 2016 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
July 05, 2016 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Distribution
June 01, 2016 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distributions
May 04, 2016 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
April 04, 2016 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
March 30, 2016 Annual Information Form Annual Information Form Low Volatility U.S. Equity Income Fund
March 23, 2016 Financial Report 2015 Annual Report
March 23, 2016 Press Release LVU: Announces Year End Results
March 07, 2016 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
February 03, 2016 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
January 06, 2016 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
December 03, 2015 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
November 03, 2015 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
October 02, 2015 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
September 03, 2015 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
August 21, 2015 Financial Report 2015 Semi-Annual Report
August 21, 2015 Press Release LVU: Announces Semi-Annual Results
August 05, 2015 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
July 06, 2015 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
June 03, 2015 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
May 04, 2015 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
April 02, 2015 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
March 31, 2015 Annual Information Form Annual Information Form Low Volatility U.S. Equity Income Fund
March 26, 2015 Financial Report 2014 Annual Report
March 26, 2015 Press Release LVU: Announces Year End Results
March 04, 2015 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
February 04, 2015 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distributions
January 05, 2015 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
January 02, 2015 Press Release Strathbridge Announces Securityholder Approval of Proposal
December 03, 2014 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
December 02, 2014 Prospectus Joint Information Circular
November 12, 2014 Press Release Strathbridge Announces Special Meeting
November 04, 2014 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
October 17, 2014 Press Release LVU: Announces Normal Course Issuer Bid
October 03, 2014 Press Release LVU: Declares Fund Distributions
September 03, 2014 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
August 28, 2014 Financial Report 2014 Semi-Annual Report
August 28, 2014 Press Release LVU: Announces Semi-Annual Results
August 05, 2014 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distributions
July 29, 2014 Press Release Low Volatility U.S. Equity Income Fund Conference Call (July 29, 2014)
July 23, 2014 Press Release LVU: Announces Increased Distribution Rate and Special Distributions
July 03, 2014 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distributions
June 03, 2014 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distributions
May 05, 2014 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
April 03, 2014 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
March 25, 2014 Press Release LVU: Announces Special Distribution
March 21, 2014 Financial Report 2013 Annual Report
March 21, 2014 Press Release LVU: Announces Year End Results
March 04, 2014 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Distributions
February 06, 2014 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distributions
January 27, 2014 Annual Information Form Annual Information Form Low Volatility U.S. Equity Income Fund
January 03, 2014 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distributions
December 04, 2013 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
November 05, 2013 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
October 01, 2013 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distributions
September 03, 2013 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
August 16, 2013 Financial Report 2013 Semi-Annual Report
August 16, 2013 Press Release LVU: Announces Semi-Annual Results
August 06, 2013 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
July 03, 2013 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
June 03, 2013 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Distribution
May 02, 2013 Press Release LVU: Declares Monthly Fund Distribution
April 29, 2013 Press Release LVU: Announces Normal Course Issuer Bid
April 03, 2013 Press Release LVU: Declares Initial Distribution
March 28, 2013 Press Release LVU: Completes Closing of Over-Allotment Option
March 13, 2013 Press Release LVU: Announces Closing of IPO
February 28, 2013 Press Release LVU: Files Final Prospectus
February 28, 2013 Prospectus Final Prospectus (English)
February 28, 2013 Prospectus Final Prospectus (French)
December 19, 2012 Prospectus Preliminary Prospectus (English)
December 19, 2012 Prospectus Preliminary Prospectus (French)

Administration & Governance

Introduction

Strathbridge Asset Management serves as the Manager and the Investment Manager of the Fund.

 

Manager

The Manager is responsible for providing or arranging for the provision of administrative services to the Fund including but not limited to:

  • authorizing the payment of operating expenses incurred on behalf of the Fund,
  • preparing financial statements and other accounting information,
  • ensuring that unitholders are provided with annual and semi-annual reports and other reports as required by applicable law;
  • ensuring the Fund complies with regulatory requirements and applicable stock exchange listing requirements;
  • providing the Trustee with information and reports as required;
  • calculating and arranging for the payment of distributions;
  • negotiating any contractual agreements with third-party providers of services to the Fund, including auditors, printers, registrar and transfer agent
  • Overseeing and paying monthly and annual redemptions;
  • Managing the issuer bid;
  • Maintaining the website and ongoing communication with investors.

The Management fee payable to the Manager includes any amount payable to the Investment Manager.

 

Investment Manager

The Investment Manager is responsible for making all investment decisions and managing the call option writing program in accordance with the investment objectives, strategies and restrictions of the Fund. Fees for the provision of investment management services are included in the management fee.

The Investment Manager has an asset mix committee consisting of senior members of the firm. The investment process for the Fund begins at the asset mix committee. Members of this committee meet monthly to examine macro-economic variables and relationships among dominant economic factors. This process culminates in an outlook for the various capital markets around the world and provides the Fundamental basis for Strathbridge’s long-term market outlook. These views are integrated into the investment decision making process at the portfolio management level. The asset mix committee of Strathbridge oversees investment decisions made by the portfolio managers of the Fund.

 

Independent Review Committee

The Fund has established an Independent Review Committee (“IRC”) in accordance with National Instrument 81-107 – Independent Review Committee for Investment Funds (“NI 81-107”) which is comprised of three members who are independent of the Manager. The mandate of the IRC is to review and provide its decisions to the Manager regarding any conflict of interest matters relating to its management of the Fund that the Manager has identified and brought to the committee.

A conflict of interest matter is a situation where a reasonable person would consider the Manager or an entity related to it to have an interest that may conflict with the Manager’s ability to act in good faith and in the best interests of the Funds and Securityholders. Click here for the IRC Report to Securityholders.

Click here to review members of the IRC.

 

Advisory Board

The Fund has established an Advisory Board to assist the Fund in the provision of services by the Manager and the Investment Manager and to provide oversight of these activities. The Advisory Board consists of five members, three of whom are independent of the Manager and Investment Manager. The three independent members of the Advisory Board are also members of the Independent Review Committee. The Advisory Board includes an audit committee whose mandate is to review the annual and semi-annual financial statements and discuss any issues with the auditors.

 

Trustee and Custodian

RBC Investor & Treasury Services

 

Registrar and Transfer Agent

Computershare Investor Services Inc.

 

Legal Counsel

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

 

Auditors

Deloitte & Touche LLP

Financial & Regulatory

The Annual Report and the Interim Report include the Management Report on Fund Performance and the Financial Statements of the Fund.

Report Year:      Release Date Description
2019 August 28, 2019 2019 Semi-Annual Report

 

The Annual Information Form (“AIF”) is a regulatory filing that provides material information to investors about the Fund’s structure, operations, risks and other factors that may affect the Fund. The AIF is supplemented throughout the year by other filings including press releases, information circulars, prospectuses, material change reports, the annual and interim management report on fund performance and the financial statements.

Date Description
March 21, 2019 Annual Information Form

 

The Fund has adopted the proxy voting guidelines with respect to the voting of proxies received by it relating to voting securities held by the Fund. The proxy guidelines establish standing policies and procedures for dealing with routine matters, as well as circumstances where deviations may occur from such standing policies. Click here for proxy guidelines.

The Fund has retained ISS Governance Services to administer and implement the proxy guidelines for the Fund. Click here to review the proxy voting record.