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Marquest Announces New Fixed Distribution for SEAMARK sub-advised Fund

Marquest is pleased to announce the new fixed distribution of the Marquest American Dividend Growth Fund. This mutual fund is sub advised by SEAMARK and managed by our Chief Investment Officer, Robert McKim, CFA. The American Dividend Growth fund is offered in both a corporate class, and a mutual fund trust structure. Both funds are vehicles that allow Canadian investors an opportunity to invest in underlying U.S. companies, without triggering the onerous reporting now required by CRA for investors that choose to make their U.S. investments directly.

The Trust version of the American Dividend Growth Fund has an attractive fixed monthly distribution of $0.075. With November 23rd NAV of $11.01, this equates to an 8.2% yield (annualized). The Fund offers investors the opportunity to invest in strong, multinational companies in sectors often underrepresented in the Canadian equity market. The fund aspires to an 'every holding pays a (growing) dividend' mantra.

SEAMARK’s institutional portfolio management team boasts a long history of managing U.S. equities. Consistent with SEAMARK’s DNA, the fund is focused on capital preservation and appreciation through investing in companies with stable and growing dividends. A by-product of the fund's conservative approach is a reduced volatility in the fund's NAV.

With fixed income instruments offering little to no rates of return, the fixed monthly distribution on this fund offers investors an income alternative – supported by a portfolio of stable, blue chip companies.

Please contact Andrew Bentley at Marquest Asset Management ([email protected]) or SEAMARK directly with any further questions or interest.

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SEAMARK Adopts Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®)  2-14

SEAMARK is pleased to announce it now claims compliance with CFA Institute’s Global Investment Performance Standards. Further, SEAMARK hired an independent verification expert to verify our claim. The GIPS standards serve as the guidelines that investment managers should follow when reporting performance to prospective clients. The GIPS standards benefit two main groups: investment management firms, and asset owners (investing or prospective clients, along with the investment consultants whose job is to evaluate, supervise, hire, and dismiss investment management firms on behalf of those clients). By choosing to comply with the GIPS standards, investment management firms assure prospective clients that the historical “track record” they report is both complete and fairly presented. Compliance enables the GIPS-compliant firm to participate in competitive bids against other compliant firms throughout the world. Prospective clients have a greater level of confidence in the integrity of performance presentations as well as the general practices of a compliant firm and can more easily compare performance presentations across different investment management firms globally. 


2014 Top Money Manager Award

API Asset Performance Inc. (API) is Canada’s largest independent investment consulting firm focused solely on the needs of the institutional investment community.

We are proud to have received recognition by API Asset Performance Inc. for the performance of SEAMARK’s Balanced Pooled Fund in their Money Manager Awards for 2014.

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Lysander-SEAMARK Launch Two New Mutual Funds

In the last 12 months SEAMARK has undergone the scrutiny of three due diligence teams, every one of which has given us a passing grade, and entered into a business relationship with us. The latest is Lysander Funds, the retail affiliate of institutional bond manager, Canso Investment Counsel - the latter manages in excess of $14 billion in AUM. We are proud to announce two new funds were launched on Jan 2, 2015 in conjunction with Lysander Funds, the Lysander-SEAMARK Balanced Fund (akin to a successful retail mandate SEAMARK managed in the past), and the Lysander-SEAMARK Total Equity Fund1. These are traditional flagship mandates offered by SEAMARK. We have partnered with Lysander to offer these funds, as opposed to the typical third party sub-advisory relationships prevalent in the industry. We think this is an attractive arrangement for SEAMARK, and for investors in the funds. Both parties are very excited about the new partnership. SEAMARK has great story to tell...a remarkable comeback, and interesting flagship mandates.

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Balanced Pooled Fund Performance Rankings

We recently received our relative ranking of the SEAMARK Balanced Pooled Fund. The Fund was compared to over 53 other balanced mandates in the eVestment database for periods ending December 31, 20141. We are proud to have earned high first quartile placements in the sample.  We achieved a percentile ranking of 2 over the one year period, 10 over a two year period, and 9 over a three year period.  The strong performance over three years has lifted the fund’s four year return to the top quartile of the sample. The returning team of McKim, Loughery and Wishart have been at the helm since early 2012, so our team can confidently take credit for the improved three year performance numbers!

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1. Performance data is calculated on an actual basis for periods of less than one year, and on an annualized basis for periods on one or more years. Performance data assumes the reinvestment of all distributions and does not take into account management fees or income taxes (except for withholding tax, if any, on foreign income) payable by any investor that would have reduced returns. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future returns. Performance is reported in CA$. This data is retrieved from eVestment database on January 15, 2014. eVestment and its affiliated entities (collectively, "eVestment") collect information directly from investment management firms and other sources believed to be reliable; however, eVestment does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy, timeliness, or completeness of the information provided and is not responsible for any errors or omissions.