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National Bank Investments announces results of securityholder meetings

May 10, 2017

National Bank Investments Inc. (“NBI”) announces the results of the proposals voted upon at the special meetings of securityholders of certain NBI Funds held today (the “Meetings”). These proposals stem from a series of initiatives that seek to ensure a more streamlined NBI Fund line-up to provide investors with a comprehensive, more clearly defined range of investment products. 

During the Meetings, securityholders of 22 NBI Funds approved the following fund mergers: 

Fund mergers to occur on or about May 12, 2017

Fund Mergers
Each terminating fund shall merge into the corresponding continuing fund.

Terminating Funds

Continuing Funds

NBI Health Sciences Fund

NBI Global Equity Fund

NBI Energy Fund

NBI Resource Fund

NBI U.S. Growth & Income Private Portfolio

NBI U.S. High Conviction Equity Private Portfolio

NBI Currency-Hedged U.S. High Conviction Equity Private Portfolio

NBI Currency-Hedged International High Conviction Equity Private Portfolio

NBI International High Conviction Equity Private Portfolio


Fund mergers to occur on or about May 19, 2017

Fund Mergers
Each terminating fund shall merge into the corresponding continuing fund.

Terminating Funds

Continuing Funds

NBI Long Term Bond Fund

NBI Bond Fund

NBI U.S. $ Global Tactical Bond Fund

NBI Global Tactical Bond Fund

NBI Monthly Secure Income Fund

NBI Secure Portfolio*

NBI Monthly Conservative Income Fund

NBI Conservative Portfolio*

NBI Monthly Moderate Income Fund

NBI Moderate Portfolio*

NBI Monthly Balanced Income Fund

NBI Balanced Portfolio*

NBI Monthly Growth Income Fund


NBI Growth Portfolio*

NBI Asset Allocation Fund

NBI Monthly Equity Income Fund

NBI Equity Portfolio*

National Bank Dividend Income Fund Inc.

NBI Dividend Fund

NBI High Dividend Fund

NBI Canadian Equity Fund

National Bank AltaFund Investment Corp.

NBI Canadian Equity Growth Fund

NBI Westwood Global Dividend Fund

NBI Global Equity Fund

NBI Westwood Global Equity Fund

NBI European Equity Fund

NBI Asia Pacific Fund

NBI Global Small Cap Fund

* Funds to be created on or about May 12, 2017

During the Meetings, securityholders of NBI Japanese Equity Fund voted against the fund merger proposal into NBI Global Equity Fund. Consequently, as previously announced, NBI Japanese Equity Fund will be terminated on or about June 12, 2017. Pre-established systematic investment plans in respect of this fund are terminated effective immediately.

Furthermore, NBI has postponed indefinitely the securityholder meetings of each NBI Precious Metals Fund (in connection with the proposed fund merger of NBI Precious Metals Fund into NBI Resource Fund) and NBI Science and Technology Fund (in connection with the proposed fund merger of NBI Science and Technology Fund into NBI Global Equity Fund). As a consequence, these fund mergers will not proceed as proposed. NBI Precious Metals Fund and NBI Science and Technology Fund are reopened to new subscriptions effective immediately.

No new subscriptions for National Bank Diversified Funds, National Bank Strategic Portfolios and National Bank Managed Portfolios

By no later than July 1, 2017, National Bank Diversified Funds, as well as the National Bank Strategic Portfolios program and the National Bank Managed Portfolios programs will be closed to new subscriptions other than purchases through pre-established systematic investment and distribution reinvestment plans or switches from one series to another within the fund and/or portfolio.

Risk rating changes

NBI also announces a change in the risk ratings of certain NBI Funds:

  • The level of risk attributed to NBI Global Tactical Bond Fund has been lowered from "low to medium" to "low".
  • The level of risk attributed to NBI Unconstrained Fixed Income Fund has been lowered from "low to medium" to "low".
  • The level of risk attributed to NBI Science and Technology Fund has been lowered from "high" to "medium to high". 
  • The level of risk attributed to NBI U.S. Bond Private Portfolio has been lowered from "low to medium" to "low".
  • The level of risk attributed to NBI Multiple Asset Class Private Portfolio has been lowered from "medium" to "medium to low".

These changes follow the introduction of a new methodology to classify funds' risks by the Canadian Securities Administrators. No changes have been made to the investment objectives, strategies or management of these funds.

Lower management fees and trailing commissions for certain NBI Private Portfolios

In addition, the management fees (effective June 1, 2017) and trailing commissions (effective May 12, 2017) of the Advisor Series of certain NBI Private Portfolios will be reduced as indicated in the table below.

Portfolio Current Management Fees 
Advisor Series*
New Management Fees 
Advisor Series
Current Trailers** New Trailers
NBI Multiple Asset Class Private Portfolio 1.35* 1.32 1.10** 1.00
NBI North-American Dividend Private Portfolio 1.60* 1.45 1.25** 1.00
NBI Equity Income Private Portfolio 1.60* 1.45 1.25** 1.00
NBI Canadian Equity Private Portfolio 1.60* 1.45 1.25** 1.00
NBI Canadian High Conviction Equity Private Portfolio 1.60* 1.45 1.25** 1.00
NBI U.S. Equity Private Portfolio 1.60* 1.45 1.25** 1.00
NBI U.S. High Conviction Equity Private Portfolio 1.60* 1.45 1.25** 1.00
NBI International High Conviction Equity Private Portfolio 1.60* 1.45 1.25** 1.00

* Effective until June 1, 2017
** Effective until May 12, 2017

These changes will be reflected in the upcoming amendment to the simplified prospectus for the National Bank Mutual Funds, which will be available at www.sedar.com and www.nbc.ca.

About NBI Funds

National Bank Mutual 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 (“NBI”) is an investment fund management firm committed to manufacturing and distributing mutual funds, investment solutions and services designed to help Canadian investors pursue their financial goals. As at December 31, 2016, the value of assets under management in NBI products amounted to $32.2 billion.

Guided by a 100% open architecture structure, 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.

About National Bank of Canada

With $234 billion in assets as at January 31, 2017, National Bank of Canada, together with its subsidiaries, forms one of Canada’s leading integrated financial groups. The Bank has more than 21,000 employees and is widely recognized as a top employer. The Bank's 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 (the telephone number provided below is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives):

Marie-Pierre Jodoin
Senior Manager, Public Affairs
National Bank of Canada
Tel.: 514-394-4209