TORONTO – July 3, 2018 – Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. (“Horizons ETFs”) and National Bank Direct Brokerage (“NBDB”) are pleased to announce that Joel Couture from Lévis, Quebec is the grand prize winner of the Horizons ETFs Biggest Winner 8 Trading Competition (the “Competition”). With the highest six-week cumulative return of 16.26%, Mr. Couture has been awarded the grand prize of $7,500.

The Competition, which ran from May 7 to June 15, 2018, had over 1,500 registrants. Contestants opened a fantasy brokerage account, which began with a balance of $100,000 in notional Canadian dollars. Competitors used these fantasy funds to place simulated trades among approximately 600 ETFs listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Italo Silva, from Scarborough, Ontario, won $2,500 for having the second-highest six-week cumulative return of 11.31%. In addition, six weekly prizes of $500 were awarded to each of those who achieved the best single-week returns.

The top 10 ETFs traded in the contest are all managed by Horizons ETFs. The two most-traded ETFs are a part of the Horizons’ BetaPro family of tactical ETFs: the BetaPro Crude Oil 2x Daily Bull ETF (“HOU”) and its antithesis ETF – the BetaPro Crude Oil -2X Daily Bear ETF (“HOD”). HOU seeks daily investment results, before fees and other costs, to two times (200%) the daily performance of the Solactive Light Sweet Crude Oil Front Month MD Rolling Futures Index ER. HOD seeks daily investment results, before fees and other costs, that endeavor to correspond to two times (200%) the inverse (opposite) of the daily performance of the Solactive Light Sweet Crude Oil Front Month MD Rolling Futures Index ER. The third most-traded ETF was the Horizons Marijuana Life Science Index ETF (“HMMJ”), which seeks to replicate, to the extent possible, the performance of the North American Marijuana Index, net of expenses.

Throughout this contest, participants could choose to invest in practically any ETF listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The very high use of our ETFs among contestants highlights the tremendous potential that the Horizons suite of ETFs offers investors in helping them reach their portfolio objectives,” said Steve Hawkins, President and Co-CEO of Horizons ETFs. “The sectors that garnered the most attention among contestants were crude oil and marijuana-focused equities. It was interesting to see how contestants used our oil and marijuana ETFs to take advantage of short-term price fluctuations in these sectors.

NBDB has been the exclusive sponsor of the Biggest Winner Competition for the past seven editions.

National Bank Direct Brokerage would like to congratulate Joel Couture, Italo Silva and the other winners in the Biggest Winner trading competition,” said Robert Girard, Senior Business Development Manager at National Bank Direct Brokerage. “Every year, the contest rewards the best performances. But the biggest win for participants is having fun while learning and building on their abilities as independent investors. We are proud to contribute in this way to financial education and the development of investment skills.

In total, Horizons ETFs awarded $13,000 in cash prizes. The winners are:

Grand Prize: Joel Couture, Lévis, QC
Runner-up: Italo Silva, Scarborough, ON

Week One: Terri MacKinnon, Cobourg, ON
Week Two: Eric Burton, Toronto, ON
Week Three: Daniel Trudelle, Waterloo, ON
Week Four: Craig Burton, Toronto, ON
Week Five: Joel Constantineau, Prevost, QC
Week Six: Ariella Getrajhendler, Toronto, ON

About National Bank Direct Brokerage (
National Bank Direct Brokerage (“NBDB”) is a division of and a trademark used by National Bank Financial Inc. (“NBF”) for its order-execution services. National Bank Direct Brokerage offers no advice and makes no investment recommendations. The client is solely responsible for the financial consequences of his or her investment decisions. NBDB is a member of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund.

About National Bank of Canada (
With $251 billion in assets as at January 31, 2018, National Bank of Canada, together with its subsidiaries, forms one of Canada's leading integrated financial groups. It has more than 21,000 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 or via social media on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc.
Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. is an innovative financial services company and offers one of the largest suites of exchange traded funds in Canada. The Horizons ETFs product family includes a broadly diversified range of solutions for investors of all experience levels to meet their investment objectives in a variety of market conditions. Horizons ETFs has more than $10 billion of assets under management and 80 ETFs listed on major Canadian stock exchanges. Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. is a member of the Mirae Asset Global Investments Group.

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Contact Horizons ETFs at 1-866-641-5739 (toll-free) or (416) 933-5745

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Contact Jonathan McGuire
External Communications Manager
Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc.
(416) 640-2956

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Horizons ETFs fait partie de Mirae Asset Global Investments. Investir dans les fonds négociés en bourse gérés par Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. (les « FNB ») peut donner lieu à des commissions, des frais de gestion et des taxes de vente, s'il y a lieu. Les FNB ne sont pas garantis, leur valeur fluctue souvent et leur rendement passé peut ne pas se répéter. Le prospectus contient de l'information détaillée importante à propos des FNB.Veuillez lire le prospectus concerné avant d'investir.

Les produits négociés en bourse Horizons comprennent nos produits BetaPro, soit nos FNB quotidiens haussiers 2x et baissiers 2x (les « FNB quotidiens 2x »), nos FNB à rendement inverse (les « FNB inverses ») et nos FNB VIX (décrits ci-après). Les FNB quotidiens 2x et certains autres produits BetaPro utilisent des techniques de placement assorties d’un effet de levier qui peuvent amplifier les gains et les pertes et peuvent accroître la volatilité des rendements. Les produits BetaPro sont donc exposés aux risques liés à l’effet de levier et peuvent aussi être assujettis aux risques liés aux techniques de placement dynamiques et aux risques de volatilité des cours, tels qu’ils sont décrits, selon le cas, dans leur prospectus respectif. Chaque FNB quotidien 2x vise à obtenir un rendement, avant déduction des frais et des dépenses, correspondant soit à 200 % soit à -200 % du rendement d’un indice, d’une marchandise ou d’un indice de référence sous-jacent pertinent (la « Cible ») sur une période d’un jour. Chaque FNB inverse vise à obtenir un rendement correspondant à -100 % du rendement de la Cible respective. En raison de la capitalisation des rendements quotidiens, le rendement d’un FNB quotidien 2x ou d’un FNB à rendement inverse pour toute période autre qu’un jour fluctuera probablement, et, pour le FNB quotidien 2x, peut-être dans le sens opposé du rendement de sa (ses) Cible(s), pour la même période. Le produit BetaPro dont la Cible est l’indice S&P 500 VIX Contrats à court terme™ (le « FNB VIX »), qui est un FNB VIX 1x, est un instrument de placement spéculatif non conventionnel, comme décrit dans le prospectus. La Cible des FNB VIX est très volatile. En conséquence, le FNB VIX n’est généralement pas considéré comme un investissement à long terme autonome. La Cible des FNB VIX a toujours eu tendance à revenir vers sa moyenne historique. En conséquence, le rendement de la Cible des FNB VIX devrait être négatif à long terme et ni le FNB VIX ni sa Cible ne devraient afficher de rendement positif à long terme. Les investisseurs devraient surveiller leurs placements quotidiennement pour s’assurer que ceux-ci restent conformes à leurs stratégies de placement.

* Les taux de rendement indiqués sont des rendements globaux annuels historiques ou annuels composés (selon les indications), qui comprennent les changements de valeur unitaire et le réinvestissement de tous les dividendes ou distributions, et ne tiennent pas compte des frais de ventes, de rachats, de distributions, des frais optionnels, ni de l’impôt payable par tout porteur de titres, lesquels auraient réduit les rendements. Les taux de rendement indiqués dans ce tableau ne visent pas à prédire les valeurs futures du FNB, l’indice/les indices, ou les rendements des placements dans le FNB. On ne peut investir directement dans l’indice/les indices. Seuls les rendements sur les périodes d’un an ou plus sont des rendements annualisés.