National Bank Investments announces results of securityholder meetings

 

Montreal, May 17, 2021 – National Bank Investments Inc. (NBI) announces the results of the votes at the virtual special meetings of securityholders of certain NBI Funds and National Bank Funds Corporation held today (the “Meetings”). These proposals stem from a series of initiatives that aim to simplify NBI’s product lineup, while also delivering benefits for both investors and advisors offering NBI Funds.

Results of the fund mergers meetings

During the Meetings, securityholders of the NBI Funds approved the following fund mergers:


Fund mergers on or about May 21, 2021

Terminating Funds
Continuing Funds
NBI U.S. Dividend Fund
NBI SmartData U.S. Equity Fund
NBI Canadian Equity Fund 
NBI Jarislowsky Fraser Select Canadian Equity Fund
NBI Real Assets Private Portfolio 
NBI Global Real Assets Income Fund
NBI High Yield Bond Private Portfolio 
NBI High Yield Bond Fund
Meritage Canadian Equity Class Portfolio Meritage Canadian Equity Portfolio
Meritage Global Equity Class Portfolio
Meritage Global Equity Portfolio
Meritage Growth Class Portfolio
Meritage Growth Portfolio
Meritage Growth Plus Class Portfolio
Meritage Growth Plus Portfolio
Meritage Global Growth Class Portfolio
Meritage Global Growth Portfolio
Meritage Global Growth Plus Class Portfolio Meritage Global Growth Plus Portfolio


Fund mergers on or about May 28, 2021

Terminating Funds
Continuing Funds
National Bank Secure Diversified Fund
NBI Secure Portfolio
National Bank Conservative Diversified Fund
NBI Conservative Portfolio
NBI Dividend Fund
National Bank Moderate Diversified Fund
NBI Moderate Portfolio
National Bank Balanced Diversified Fund
NBI Balanced Portfolio
National Bank Growth Diversified Fund
NBI Growth Portfolio
NBI Canadian Diversified Bond Private Portfolio
NBI Canadian Bond Private Portfolio
NBI Municipal Bond Plus Private Portfolio
NBI Canadian Small Cap Equity Private Portfolio
NBI Small Cap Fund



Fund mergers on or about June 4, 2021

Terminating Funds
Continuing Funds
NBI Tactical Mortgage & Income Fund 
NBI Floating Rate Income Fund
NBI Strategic U.S. Income and Growth Fund
NBI Unconstrained Fixed Income Fund
NBI Global Bond Fund
NBI Global Tactical Bond Fund
Meritage Tactical ETF Fixed Income Portfolio 


Securityholders of the NBI Canadian Index Fund, the NBI U.S. Index Fund, the NBI U.S. Currency Neutral Index Fund, the NBI International Index Fund and the NBI International Currency Neutral Index Fund have approved the proposed mergers involving them. Although, the mergers remain subject to approval by securityholders of the NBI Canadian Equity Index Fund, the NBI U.S. Equity Index Fund and the NBI International Equity Index Fund at a meeting to be held in or about September. The new effective date of the mergers and other relevant information regarding the upcoming meetings will be announced in the forthcoming weeks.

Results of fixed-rate administration fee Meetings

During the Meetings, securityholders of the NBI Jarislowsky Fraser Select Income Fund and NBI Jarislowsky Fraser Select Canadian Equity Fund approved a change to the way certain operating expenses are charged to the funds. These operating expenses will therefore be replaced by fixed-rate administration fees, which NBI will begin paying on or about May 19, 2021.

Risk rating changes

NBI also announced a change in the risk rating of certain NBI Funds (effective immediately):

Fund
Current risk level New risk level
NBI Moderate Portfolio Low
Low to medium
Meritage Balanced Income Portfolio Low Low to medium
NBI Preferred Equity Fund Low to medium Medium
NBI Small Cap Fund Medium Medium to high


The above changes will be reflected in the upcoming amendment to the simplified prospectus for the NBI Funds, which will be available on the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com) as well as on the National Bank Investments website (www.nbinvestments.ca).

 

About NBI Funds

NBI Funds (the “Funds”) are offered by National Bank Investments Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of National Bank of Canada. Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with investments in the Funds. Please read the prospectus of the Funds before investing. The Funds’ securities are not insured by the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation or by any other government deposit insurer. The Funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.
 

About National Bank Investments Inc.

National Bank Investments Inc. (NBI) is an investment funds management firm committed to manufacturing and offering mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, investment solutions and services designed to help Canadian investors pursue their financial goals. As at March 31, 2021, assets under management in NBI products were valued at over $69 billion.

Guided by an open architecture strategy, NBI is dedicated to providing diverse solutions to meet the evolving needs of its clients. NBI consistently strives to be recognized as a key partner by combining innovation and excellence. NBI’s role is not limited to administrative aspects of management; NBI Advisory Services and its registered representatives form a team of specialists who provide information and advice to help advisors build portfolios adapted to their clients’ financial needs. Follow NBI’s activities at nbinvestments.ca or via social media such as YouTube and LinkedIn.

National Bank Investments is a member of Canada’s Responsible Investment Association and a signatory of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment.

 

About National Bank of Canada

With $344 billion in assets as at January 31, 2021, National Bank of Canada, together with its subsidiaries, forms one of Canada's leading integrated financial groups. It has more than 26,000 employees in knowledge-intensive positions and has been recognized numerous times as a top employer and for its commitment to diversity. Its securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: NA). Follow the Bank’s activities at nbc.ca or via social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

 

Information:

Stéphanie Rouseau
Senior Advisor – Public Affairs and
Corporate Social Responsibility
National Bank of Canada
stephanie.rousseau@nbc.ca
Tel.: 514-394-5684