Desjardins awarded by Fundata for a record number of 18 FundGrade A+® Trophies 2021, eight of which are part of its range of Responsible Investment Solutions

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MONTREAL, Jan. 26, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ The year 2021 will have been an exceptional year for Desjardins with a record of 18 trophies at the annual Fundata Canada Inc. FundGrade A+® Awards ceremony, which was held today. Desjardins stood out with eight awards for its responsible investment products, namely three SocieTerra mutual funds, two low-carbon exchange traded funds (ETFs) and three guaranteed investment funds SocieTerra.

"With more than 30 investment solutions available, Desjardins presents the largest responsible investment offering in Canada," said Frédérick Tremblay, Director, Mutual and Guaranteed Funds Development at Desjardins. These awards are a testament to Desjardins' commitment to providing investment solutions that are aiming for performance and that meet the needs and objectives of our members and clients."

The 18 FundGrade A+® Awards won by Desjardins break down as follows: seven mutual funds, two exchange traded funds (ETFs) and nine guaranteed investment funds. All these funds were rewarded for their sustained performance during 2021. The FundGrade A+® Awards celebrate Canadian funds that displayed the best risk-adjusted returns and maintained high FundGrade scores throughout an entire calendar year.

The following mutual funds offered by Desjardins Investments Inc. were awarded Fundata's FundGrade A+® rating:

Fund Name

CIFSC Category*

Fund Count

FundGrade Start Date**

Desjardins American Equity Growth Fund

U.S. Equity

833

1/31/2012

Desjardins Overseas Equity Growth Fund

International Equity

382

1/31/2012

Melodia Moderate Growth Portfolio

Global Fixed Income Balanced

415

1/31/2014

Desjardins Global Equity Growth Fund

Global Equity

1127

1/31/2016

Desjardins SocieTerra American Equity Fund

U.S. Equity

833

1/31/2017

Desjardins SocieTerra Cleantech Fund

Global Small/Mid Cap Equity

108

1/31/2017

Desjardins SocieTerra Positive Change Fund

Global Equity

1127

1/31/2019

The following Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) offered by Desjardins Global Asset Management Inc. were awarded Fundata's FundGrade A+® rating:

Fund Name

CIFSC Category*

Fund Count

FundGrade Start Date**

Desjardins RI Canada – Low CO2 Index ETF (DRMC)

Canadian Equity

379

1/31/2019

Desjardins RI USA – Low CO2 Index ETF (DRMU)

U.S. Equity

833

1/31/2019

The following guaranteed investment funds (GIFs) offered by Desjardins Financial Security, Life Insurance Company were awarded Fundata's FundGrade A+® rating:

Fund Name

CIFSC Category*

Fund Count

FundGrade Start Date**

DFS GIF – Canadian Balanced – Fiera Capital

Canadian Equity Balanced

556

1/31/2012

DFS GIF – Canadian Equity – Fidelity True North

Canadian Equity

511

1/31/2012

DFS GIF – International Equity Growth – Desjardins

International Equity

313

1/31/2013

DFS GIF – Moderate

Canadian Fixed Income Balanced

666

1/31/2015

DFS GIF – Balanced

Canadian Neutral Balanced

952

1/31/2015

DFS GIF – Maximum Growth

Global Equity Balanced

894

1/31/2015

DFS GIF – Balanced - Desjardins SocieTerra

Canadian Neutral Balanced

952

1/31/2016

DFS GIF – Growth – Desjardins SocieTerra

Canadian Equity Balanced

556

1/31/2019

DFS GIF – Maximum Growth – Desjardins SocieTerra

Global Equity Balanced

894

1/31/2019



*

The Canadian Investment Funds Standards Committee (CIFSC) is a Canadian independent organization that defines the categories of funds.

**

The end date for the FundGrade calculation is December 31, 2021 for the period from January 1, 2021 to ecember 31, 2021.

About Desjardins Group
Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in North America and the fifth largest cooperative financial group in the world, with assets of $391 billion[1]. It was ranked as one of the Canada's Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp. To meet the diverse needs of its members and clients, Desjardins offers a full range of products and services to individuals and businesses through its extensive distribution network, online platforms and subsidiaries across Canada. Ranked among the world's strongest banks according to The Banker magazine, Desjardins has one of the highest capital ratios and credit ratings in the industry

[1] Desjardins Group assets in Canadian dollars as of September 30, 2021

FundGrade A+® is used with permission from Fundata Canada Inc., all rights reserved. The FundGrade A+® Awards are presented annually by Fundata Canada Inc. to Canadian investment funds that achieve consistently high FundGrade scores through an entire calendar year. The FundGrade A+® calculation is supplemental to the monthly FundGrade ratings and is calculated at the end of each calendar year. The FundGrade rating system evaluates funds based on their risk-adjusted performance, measured by Sharpe Ratio, Sortino Ratio and Information Ratio. The score for each ratio is calculated individually, covering all time periods from 2 to 10 years. The scores are then equally weighted in calculating a monthly FundGrade rating. The FundGrade ratings are divided between five tranches from "A Grade" (superior performance) to "E Grade" (lower performance). The top 10% of funds earn an A Grade; the next 20% of funds earn a B Grade; the next 40% of funds earn a C Grade; the next 20% of funds receive a D Grade; and the lowest 10% of funds receive an E Grade. To be eligible, a fund must have received a FundGrade rating every month in the previous year. The FundGrade A+® uses a GPA (Grade Point Average)-style calculation, where each monthly FundGrade rating from "A" to "E" receives a score from 4 to 0, respectively. A fund's average score for the year determines its GPA. Any fund with a GPA of 3.5 or greater is awarded a FundGrade A+® Award. The FundGrade grades are subject to change each month. For more information, please see the web site www.FundGradeAwards.com. Although Fundata makes every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the data contained herein, the accuracy is not guaranteed by Fundata.

The Desjardins Funds are not guaranteed, their value fluctuates frequently, and their past performance is not indicative of their future returns. Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the prospectus before investing. The indicated rates of return are the historical annual compounded total returns, including changes in unit value and reinvestment of all distributions and do not consider sales, redemption, distribution or other optional charges, or income taxes payable by any security holder, that would have reduced returns. The Desjardins Funds are offered by registered dealers.

The Desjardins Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are not guaranteed, their value fluctuates frequently, and their past performance is not indicative of their future returns. Commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with an investment in exchange traded funds. Please read the prospectus before investing. The indicated rates of return are the historical annual compounded total returns, including changes in security value and reinvestment of all distributions and do not consider sales, redemption, distribution or other optional charges, or income taxes payable by any security holder, that would have reduced returns. Desjardins Global Asset Management Inc. is the manager and portfolio manager of the Desjardins ETFs. The Desjardins ETFs are offered by registered dealers.

The Desjardins brand is a trademark of the Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec, used under licence.

DFS Guaranteed Investment Funds are established by Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Company. Helios and DFS Guaranteed Investment Funds are registered trademarks of Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Company. DESJARDINS INSURANCE refers to Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Company. DESJARDINS, DESJARDINS INSURANCE and related trademarks are trademarks of the Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec used under license.

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