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Aequitas launches fintech solution

First Published 17th May 2016

Aequitas enables access to low cost actively-managed funds for all Canadians.

Aequitas Technology Services, the innovation hub of Aequitas Innovations, has announced that Invesco Canada has signed up for its fund technology platform, Aequitas PTF Connect. Having completed live testing with all participating service providers, Invesco's full range of Platform Traded Funds are now available for trading.

PTFs offer all Canadian investors lower cost actively-managed mutual funds, with savings of up to 35% and no minimum investment requirements. PTFs remove the need to identify eligible investors and avoid the administration of on-going switch transactions and management fee rebates.

Aequitas PTF Connect is an industry shared service available to mutual fund companies and dealers in Canada, enabling mutual funds to trade and settle like exchange traded funds (ETF). Investment advisors simply enter the unique ticker symbol and number of units they wish to order through their existing infrastructure. In addition to Invesco, Aequitas Connect continues to onboard fund companies and dealers, including a number of carrying brokers.

"With this announcement we celebrate another important milestone in our efforts to meet the needs of Canada's capital markets. PTFs™ are a real game changer for the Canadian mutual fund industry, providing an agile solution to adapt to industry trends," stated Karl Ottywill, Chief Operating Officer, Aequitas Technology Services Inc. "With our innovative technology in place, Aequitas Connect is extremely proud to work with fund companies and dealers leading the way in making actively-managed mutual funds available to all investment advisors and their clients in a low cost, highly efficient manner."

"We are thrilled to see Aequitas Connect responding to the needs of all Canadian investors while addressing a number of industry challenges." says Peter Intraligi, President, Invesco Canada. "We congratulate them on this very important achievement and we are excited to be live on their platform."

Transacting on Aequitas PTF Connect is free to dealers and is available to both discretionary and non-discretionary investment advisors. Participating fund companies receive a detailed playbook to implement and support PTFs™.