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Equity Essentials: 4 Ways to Own Canadian Large-Cap Equities

Looking To Get More From Your Core?

Canada’s largest and most liquid companies typically trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange, with many offering some level of income through dividend yield. Many of these “blue chip” companies are included within the S&P/TSX 60™ Index, which is designed to measure the large-cap segment of the Canadian market.


Their size isn’t the only significant factor in their appeal:

Consistent Dividend Growth : The annualized growth rate of dividends for the S&P/TSX 60™ was 8.67% for the five-year period from May 31, 2018 to May 31, 2023.*
Annualized Return: The annualized return for the S&P/TSX 60™ Index was 6.06% from May 31, 2000 to May 31, 2023.*
Potential Inflationary Defensive Positioning: Nearly 50% of the S&P/TSX 60™ Index is made up of two sectors: financials and energy. In inflationary environments, these sectors can see stronger outcomes, due to the rising price of commodities and greater revenue for banks from higher interest rates.
*Source: Bloomberg, as at May 31, 2023.

Horizons ETFs Canadian Large-Cap Equity Essentials Suite

Horizons ETFs’ Canadian Large-Cap Equity Essentials suite offers big and bold ways to help you reach your investing goals.

With ETFs offering Core, Covered Call, Enhanced or Enhanced Covered Call exposure, now you can invest your way in Canadian Large-Cap Equities, whether your focus is on total return, monthly income, or potential higher growth.

ETF Name Ticker Equity Exposure Mgmt. Fee
Core Horizons S&P/TSX 60™ Index ETF HXT Tax-Efficient Index Exposure to the S&P/TSX 60™ Index 0.07%
Targeting Yield Horizons Canadian Large Cap Equity Covered Call ETF CNCC Covered Call Exposure to Canadian Large-Cap Equities 0.39%
Targeting Growth Horizons Enhanced S&P/TSX 60™ Index ETF CANL 1.25x Index Exposure to the S&P/TSX 60™ Index 0.35%
Yield & Growth
Horizons Enhanced Canadian Large Cap Equity Covered Call ETF CNCL 1.25x Covered Call Exposure to Canadian Large-Cap Equities 0.65%
Plus applicable Sales Tax

Access Canadian Large-Cap Equities with Four Different Ways to Invest:

Tax-Efficient Index Exposure: Horizons ETFs offers products that can provide exposure to all of the major three Equity Essential benchmarks through our Total Return Index (TRI) family of ETFs, including Canadian bank equities. The TRI ETFs are tax-efficient, index-tracking ETFs that provide exposure to a range of equity and fixed-income benchmarks within a corporate class structure.

TRI ETFs are not expected to make taxable distributions, which can offer distinct advantages if held in taxable or non-registered accounts and mean that an investor is generally only expected to be taxed on any capital appreciation of the ETF if, and when, the shares of their ETF are sold. TRI ETFs can offer a greater after-tax return on investment when held in a non-registered account, compared to a traditional, physically-replicated index ETF.

For investors seeking tax efficiency, consider core index exposure to our Canadian Large-Cap Equity Essentials, through the Horizons S&P/TSX 60™ Index ETF  (HXT).

Lightly Levered “Enhanced” Index Exposure: Horizons ETFs offers ETFs that provide 1.25 times (125%) exposure to underlying indices, including the S&P/TSX 60™ Index. These ETFs invest in the underlying equity index ETF and then use a modest amount of leverage to aim higher and potentially enhance both the return profile and the income generated by the underlying ETF exposure.

For investors targeting growth, consider enhanced index exposure to our Canadian Large-Cap Equity Essentials, through the Horizons Enhanced S&P/TSX 60™ Index ETF (CANL).

Covered Call ETFs: Horizons ETFs offers covered call exposure for each of the Equity Essential categories, including Canadian large-cap equities. These ETFs invest in an equity index strategy that provides exposure to an underlying Equity Essential benchmark. An experienced options strategy team then writes covered calls on up to 50% of the underlying equity exposure, at the Manager’s discretion, which can increase the amount of income generated by the strategy. Historically, this income gets paid out monthly. More information on our suite of Covered Call ETFs can be found here:

For investors targeting  yield, consider covered call exposure to our Canadian Large-Cap Equity Essentials, through the Horizons Large Cap Equity Covered Call ETF  (CNCC).

Lightly Levered “Enhanced” Covered Call Exposure: Each of our Equity Essentials covered call strategies have an enhanced version which provides approximately 1.25 times (125%) exposure to the underlying covered call ETF, including for Canadian large-cap equities. The use of a modest 1.25 times leverage should potentially increase the return potential of the underlying equity exposure and enhance the monthly distribution potential.

For investors targeting yield and growth, consider enhanced covered call exposure to our Canadian Large-Cap Equity Essentials, through the Horizons Enhanced Canadian Large Cap Equity Covered Call ETF  (CNCL).

Get Exposure Your Way

Looking for traditional, low-cost* exposure or seeking a big and bold way to invest in Canadian Large-Cap Equities?

Our Canadian Large-Cap Equity Essentials Suite offers investors different ways to invest with varying degrees of exposure, yield, and growth potential

*Relative to the typical MER of comparable, regular mutual funds.

1Annualized distribution yield, as at October 31, 2023. 2Annual management fee reduced from 0.65% to 0.39%, effective July 6, 2023

Spotlight: Light Levered “Enhanced” Exposure

Our Canadian Banks Equity Essentials Suite includes lightly leveraged ETFs that offer “Enhanced” exposure to their underlying holdings (about 125%).

This exposure is achieved by applying light leverage to selected covered call and equity ETFs to magnify exposure to their underlying index or assets, which may enhance returns. This strategy can increase the monthly income generated and also provide more growth potential. While these ETFs can provide higher yields and growth, they also carry a higher risk-return profile and can lose in down market environments.

How does it work?


These ETFs can be an effective way to increase potential gains for income-focused, or short-term investment strategies. Horizons ETFs’ Enhanced ETFs will seek to achieve its investment objectives by a leverage ratio of approximately 125% through the use of cash borrowing, or as otherwise permitted under applicable securities legislation. The leverage is not reset daily.

Each dollar of your investment in one of our Enhanced ETFs is invested into the underlying ETF. Then, we borrow 25% of the invested amount which is also invested in the underlying ETF resulting in you getting magnified gains (or losses), less the cost of borrowing.


Historical effect of light leverage

As evidenced in the chart below that depicts the historical return trajectory of the S&P/TSX 60™ Index with and without the usage of 1.25x leverage, on a historical basis, employing light leverage would have resulted in a greater total return on the S&P/TSX 60™ Index between May 31, 2013 and May 31, 2023.

The use of leverage can be particularly beneficial in favourable market conditions. However, leverage can also magnify negative performance when the benchmark falls.


Source: Bloomberg, as at May 31, 2023.


The Growth of 10K chart above is based on the Underlying Index historical annual compounded total return including changes in Underlying Index unit value and reinvestment of all distributions and does not take into account sales, transaction, brokerage, redemption, distribution or optional charges or income taxes payable by any investor or investment fund in replicating the Underlying Index, that would have reduced its returns. The Underlying Index is not directly investible. Index returns are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.

Learn more about The Three Major Equity Essentials Suites below:


Canada’s Big Six Banks

Canada’s Big Six Banks – Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Bank of Montreal (BMO), Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), and National Bank of Canada (NBC) – have traditionally been a source of stable dividend income for investors in one of the country’s largest sectors. Together, they currently represent approximately 25% of the total market capitalization of the S&P/TSX 60™ Index.

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Large-Cap U.S. Equity

The U.S. equity market represents more than 40% of the global equity market, with large-cap U.S equities representing approximately 70% of the total U.S. market. Many of these “blue chip” companies are included within the S&P 500™ Index, a major stock index designed to measure the large-cap segment of the U.S. market.

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The payment of distributions, if any, is not guaranteed and may fluctuate at any time. The payment of distributions should not be confused with an Exchange Traded Fund’s (“ETF”) performance, rate of return, or yield. If distributions paid by the ETF are greater than the performance of the ETF, distributions paid may include a return of capital and an investor’s original investment will decrease.  A return of capital is not taxable to the investor, but will generally reduce the adjusted cost base of the securities held for tax purposes. Distributions are paid as a result of capital gains realized by an ETF, and income and dividends earned by an ETF are taxable to the investor in the year they are paid. The investor’s adjusted cost base will be reduced by the amount of any returns of capital. If the investor’s adjusted cost base goes below zero, investors will realize capital gains equal to the amount below zero. Future distribution dates may be amended at any time. To recognize that these distributions have been allocated to investors for tax purposes the amounts of these distributions should be added to the adjusted cost base of the units held. The characterization of distributions, if any, for tax purposes, (such as dividends/other income/capital gains, etc.) will not be known for certain until after the ETF’s tax year-end. Therefore, investors will be informed of the tax characterization after year-end and not with each distribution if any. For tax purposes, these amounts will be reported annually by brokers on official tax statements.  Please refer to the applicable ETF distribution policy in the prospectus for more information.

Horizons Total Return Index ETFs (“Horizons TRI ETFs”) are generally index-tracking ETFs that use an innovative investment structure known as a Total Return Swap to deliver index returns in a low-cost and tax-efficient manner. Unlike a physical replication ETF that typically purchases the securities found in the relevant index in the same proportions as the index, most Horizons TRI ETFs use a synthetic structure that never buys the securities of an index directly. Instead, the ETF receives the total return of the index through entering into a Total Return Swap agreement with one or more counterparties, typically large financial institutions, which will provide the ETF with the total return of the index in exchange for the interest earned on the cash held by the ETF. Any distributions which are paid by the index constituents are reflected automatically in the net asset value (NAV) of the ETF. As a result, the Horizons TRI ETF receives the total return of the index (before fees), which is reflected in the ETF’s share price, and investors are not expected to receive any taxable distributions. Certain Horizons TRI ETFs (Horizons Nasdaq-100 ® Index ETF and Horizons US Large Cap Index ETF) use physical replication instead of a total return swap.

CANL and CNCL (or the “Enhanced ETFs”) are alternative mutual funds within the meaning of NI 81-102, and are permitted to use strategies generally prohibited by conventional mutual funds, such as the ability to invest more than 10% of the Enhanced ETF’s net asset value in securities of a single issuer, the ability to borrow cash and to employ leverage. While these strategies will only be used in accordance with the applicable investment objectives and strategies of the Enhanced ETFs, during certain market conditions they may accelerate the risk that an investment in Units of such Enhanced ETF decreases in value.

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