Beating the Benchmark

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As at July 31, 2018



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The indicated rates of return are the historical annual compounded total returns, including changes in unit value and do not take into account sales, redemption or optional charges or income taxes payable by a security holder that would have reduced returns.

Performance Disclaimers:
1. The Fund was originally launched as a TSX-listed closed-end fund on November 15, 2004, and converted into an exchange traded fund on July 14, 2015. Performance shown is since inception of the closed-end fund. In connection with the conversion, and pursuant to unitholder approval, the annual management fee payable by the Fund to First Asset, as manager, was reduced to 0.75% (from 1.05%) of the NAV per unit and certain changes were made to the investment objectives, strategies and restrictions applicable to the Fund. Material among these changes is the ability for the Fund to invest up to 30% of its portfolio in securities of real estate issuers listed on non-Canadian stock exchanges and the Fund will no longer be permitted to use leverage. Had these changes been in effect prior to this date the performance of the Fund could have been different.

2. The Fund was originally launched as a TSX-listed closed-end fund on November 21, 2014, and converted into an exchange traded fund on April 25, 2016. Performance shown is since inception of the closed-end fund. In connection with the conversion, and pursuant to unitholder approval, the annual management fee payable by the Fund to First Asset, as manager, was reduced to 0.85% (from 1.00%) of the NAV per unit and certain changes were made to the investment objectives, strategies and restrictions applicable to the Fund. Material among these changes is the ability of the Fund to invest in securities of global financial issuers; thereby broadening the scope of eligible investments both geographically and by type of financial institutions. On April 18, 2016, Signature Global Asset Management, a division of CI Investments Inc., commenced investment advisory and portfolio management services for the Fund. Had these changes been in effect prior to this date the performance of the Fund could have been different.

3. The Fund was originally launched as a TSX-listed closed-end fund on August 22, 2013, and automatically converted into a TSX-listed exchange traded fund on September 3, 2014, with no change to its investment objectives or management fees. Performance shown is since inception of the closed-end fund.

4. The Fund was originally launched as a TSX-listed closed-end fund on October 23, 2009, and converted into an exchange traded fund on August 22, 2016. Performance shown is since inception of the closed-end fund. In connection with the conversion, and pursuant to unitholder approval, the annual management fee payable by the Fund to First Asset, as manager, was increased to 0.65% (from 0.50%) of the NAV per unit and certain changes were made to the investment objectives, strategies and restrictions applicable to the Fund. Material among these changes is that the Fund is no longer able to utilize leverage in its portfolio. Had these changes been in effect prior to this date the performance of the Fund could have been different.

5. The Fund was originally launched as a TSX-listed closed-end fund on February 17, 2005, and converted into an exchange traded fund on January 16, 2015. Performance shown is since inception of the closed-end fund. In connection with the conversion, and pursuant to unitholder approval, the annual management fee payable by the Fund to First Asset, as manager, was reduced to 0.65% (from 1.05%) of the NAV per unit and certain changes were made to the investment objectives, strategies and restrictions applicable to the Fund. Material among these changes is the ability for the Fund to invest up to 30% of its portfolio in securities of issuers listed on non-Canadian stock exchanges and the Fund will no longer be permitted to use leverage. Had these changes been in effect prior to this date the performance of the Fund could have been different. On June 12, 2006, pursuant to unitholder approval, the Fund`s mandate was changed from that of an equally-weighted fund to that of an actively managed fund with a focus on the power, pipeline and supporting service and infrastructure trusts and the annual management fee payable by the Fund to First Asset, as manager, was increased to 0.75% (from 0.45%) of the NAV per unit. Had these changes been in effect prior to this date the performance of the Fund could have been different.

6. The Fund was originally launched as a TSX-listed closed-end fund on August 18, 2010, and converted into an exchange traded fund on September 24, 2015. Performance shown is since inception of the closed-end fund. In connection with the conversion, and pursuant to unitholder approval, the annual management fee payable by the Fund to First Asset, as manager, was reduced to 0.65% (from 1.05%) of the NAV per unit. Had these changes been in effect prior to this date the performance of the Fund could have been different.



Use of Benchmark Disclaimers:
The MSCI EAFE Index (Europe, Australasia and the Far East) is an equity index which captures large and mid cap representation across Developed Markets countries in Europe, Australasia and the Far East. With 901 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in each country. The Index is used as a benchmark to help you understand the Fund`s performance relative to the general performance of certain Eastern and European Developed Markets.

The S&P 500 Index tracks 500 large-cap U.S. stocks representing all major industries. This index is used as a benchmark to help you understand the Fund`s performance relative to the general performance of the broader U.S. equity market.

The S&P/TSX Composite Index is a capitalization-weighted index designed to measure market activity of stocks listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. This index is used as a benchmark to help you understand the Fund`s performance relative to the general performance of broader Canadian equity market.

S&P 500 Information Technology Index comprises those companies included in the S&P 500 that are classified as members of the GICS® information technology sector. The Index is used as a benchmark to help you understand the Fund`s performance relative to the general performance of information technology shares.

The MSCI World Index captures large and mid-cap representation across 23 Developed Markets (DM) countries covering approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in each country. The Index is used as a benchmark to help you understand the Fund`s performance relative to the general performance of global Developed Markets.

S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index is a capitalization-weighted index designed to measure market activity of the real estate sector issuers listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The Index is used as a benchmark to help you understand the Fund`s performance relative to the general performance of the Canadian real estate sector.

The S&P/TSX Capped Materials Index is a capitalization-weighted index designed to measure market activity of the materials sector issuers listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The Index is used as a benchmark to help you understand the Fund`s performance relative to the general performance of the Canadian materials sector.

The MSCI ACWI Financials Index captures large and mid cap representation across 23 Developed Markets and 23 Emerging Markets countries. All securities in the index are classified in the Financials sector as per the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®). This Index is used as a benchmark to help you understand the Fund`s performance relative to the general performance of Developed and Emerging Markets`s Financial sectors.

S&P/TSX Preferred Share Index is a capitalization-weighted index designed to measure market activity of Canadian preferred stock listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The Index is used as a benchmark to help you understand the Fund’s performance relative to the general performance of Canadian preferred shares.

FTSE TMX Canada Long Term Government Bond Index is designed to track the performance of the long term (over 10 years) government of Canada bonds denominated in Canadian Dollars (CAD). The index is used as a benchmark to help you understand the Fund`s performance relative to the performance of long-term government fixed income marketplace.

FTSE TMX Canada All Corporate Bond Index is comprised primarily of investment-grade corporate bonds issued domestically and denominated in Canadian dollars (CAD). The Index is used as a benchmark to help you understand the Fund`s performance relative to the general performance of high grade Canadian corporate bonds.

The FTSE TMX Canada Universe Bond Index is a market capitalization weighted index that measures the performance of the Canadian investment-grade fixed income market. The index is used as a benchmark to help you understand the Fund`s performance relative to the performance of the Canadian investment-grade fixed income marketplace.

S&P/TSX Capped Utilities Index is a capitalization-weighted index designed to measure market activity of the utility sector issuers listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The Index is used as a benchmark against the Fund`s performance since the Fund invests in a portfolio of securities of certain issuers that comprise the Index.

S&P/TSX Equal Weight Diversified Banks Index is an equal-weighted index of commercial banks whose businesses primarily include commercial lending operations, retail banking, as well as small and medium enterprise corporate lending. This Index is used as a benchmark to help you understand the Fund`s performance relative to the general performance of the Canadian financial sector.