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New Cannabis ETF Ready to Launch, Offers Exposure to Smaller Market Cap Companies

A new cannabis-focused exchange-traded fund (ETF) is gearing up to launch, offering investors a chance for exposure of marijuana producer stocks with smaller market capitalizations.

The Horizons Emerging Marijuana Growers Index ETF, which will launch February 14 will cap its holdings between $50 and $500 million in market capitalization, while other ETFs like its fellow Horizons one, the Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF (TSX:HMMJ), holds some of the biggest cannabis producers in Canada.

The new ETF will also split from its Horizon relative by trading on Aequitas NEO Exchange, a fairly new exchange in Canada. The NEO Exchange launched in 2015 as an attempt to challenge the established Canadian markets.

“HMJR will give investors direct exposure to a growing group of Canadian and global marijuana cultivation and distribution companies,” Steve Hawkins, president and Co-CEO of Horizons ETFs said in the company’s announcement.

According to Horizons, the new ETF is focused primarily on North American stocks, but it could include up to 20 percent of issuers “that are in developed markets outside North America.” The index will also be capped so that no stock in its holdings can represent over eight percent of the total weight.

So far no details have been shared as to who or how many holdings will HMJR have once it officially launches. Horizons said it plans to finish the initial offering of units for its designated broker after market closure on February 13.

According to Horizon’s documents on HMJR, interested investors will have to face an annual management fee of 0.85 percent of the ETF’s value through the returns. Horizons also gave this ETF a high-risk rating based on the volatility. The rating may change once the actual holdings start producing returns.

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