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Money Market and Ultra Short-Term Bonds

Sep. 30, 2022

Not All Cash Products Are Created Equal

BMO Money Market Fund ETF Series provides exposure to high-quality money market instruments issued by governments and corporations in Canada, including treasury bills, bankers’ acceptances, and commercial paper that have a maturity in less than 365 days and have an average term-to-maturity of less than 90 days.

BMO’s Ultra Short-Term Bond ETFs primarily hold investment grade bonds that mature in one-year or less. Given the bonds in our Ultra Short-Term Bond ETFs are near maturity, they tend to be highly liquid. Bonds in these ETFs are selected to provide attractive yield and diversification, while being conservative.

BMO Money Market Fund ETF Series
ZMMK
Duration: N/A
Distribution Yield: 2.16%
Yield to Maturity: 3.66%
Mgmt. Fee: 0.12%*
Risk Rating: Low
BMO Ultra Short-Term Bond 
(Distributing Units)
ZST
Duration: 0.47
Distribution Yield: 3.70% | M
Yield to Maturity: 4.21%
Mgmt. Fee: 0.15%
Risk Rating: Low
BMO Ultra Short-Term Bond 
(Accumulating Units)
ZST.L
Duration: 0.47
Distribution Yield: N/A | Q
Yield to Maturity: 4.21%
Mgmt. Fee: 0.15%
Risk Rating: Low
BMO Ultra Short-Term US Bond 
(Distributing units)
ZUS.U
Duration: 0.42
Distribution Yield: 3.85% | M
Yield to Maturity: 4.29%
Mgmt. Fee: 0.15%
Risk Rating: Low
BMO Ultra Short-Term US Bond 
(Accumulating units)
ZUS.V
Duration: 0.42
Distribution Yield: N/A | Q
Yield to Maturity: 4.29%
Mgmt. Fee: 0.15%
Risk Rating: Low

Source: BMO Global Asset Management, as of September 302022.

Annualized Distribution Yield: The most recent regular distribution, or expected distribution, (excluding additional year end distributions) annualized for frequency, divided by current NAV.

Key Benefits of BMO’s Money Market Fund ETF Series

Preservation of Capital

Invests in highly rated securities that provide a high degree of safety

Highly Liquid

Can be bought or sold even in large institutional sizes without market impact given the liquidity of the underlying portfolio

No Lock-Up Period

Unlike GICs, ETFs can be sold at any time without penalty

Key Benefits of Ultra Short-Term Bond ETFs

Cash-Plus Vehicle”
Earn additional yield above treasury bills (T-bills) and GICs
De-risk a portfolio
Tactically or strategically move out of equities or bonds, when markets become volatile
Highly liquid
Can be bought or sold even in large institutional sizes without market impact given the liquidity of the underlying portfolio
Hedge against rising rates
Keep capital protected against inflation, while minimizing market and price volatility
No Lock-up Period
Unlike GICs, ETFs can be sold at any time without penalty
Low Duration
Lower interest rate sensitivity in your portfolio.

BMO Money Market Fund ETF Series (Ticker: ZMMK)

Yield to Maturity: 3.66% | Management Fee: 0.12%*

ZMMK Credit Quality vs Percentage of portfolio holdings
ZMMK Maturity


BMO Ultra Short-Term Bond ETF (Ticker: ZST) | BMO Ultra Short-Term Bond ETF Accumulating Units (Ticker: ZST.L)

Duration: 0.47 | Yield to Maturity: 4.21% | Management Fee: 0.15%

ZST Credit Quality
ZST Sector Allocation


BMO Ultra Short-Term US Bond ETF (Ticker: ZUS.U) | BMO Ultra Short-Term US Bond ETF USD Accumulating Units (ZUS.V)

Duration: 0.42 | Yield to Maturity: 4.29% | Management Fee: 0.15%

ZUS Credit Quality
ZUS Sector Allocation

Source: BMO Global Asset Management, September 302022.

Accumulating Units

BMO offers an accumulating units series for its ultra short-term bond ETFs. BMO Ultra Short-Term Bond ETF Accumulating Units (ZST.L) and BMO Ultra Short-Term US Bond USD Accumulating Units (ZUS.V).

  • Effective solution to mitigate price decline by reinvesting coupons and consolidating the units
  • For investors who do not require cash distributions, no coupon is paid out
  • Distributes a quarterly reinvested and consolidated distribution which will be added back to the net asset value (NAV)

Learn More About Accumulating Units

*A management fee waiver of 16 bps was implemented on November 30, 2021. The estimated MER represents what the MER would be with the reduction in place for the entire year.

Distributions are not guaranteed and may fluctuate. Distribution rates may change without notice (up or down) depending on market conditions. The payment of distributions should not be confused with an investment fund’s performance, rate of return or yield. If distributions paid by an investment fund are greater than the performance of the fund, your original investment will shrink. Distributions paid as a result of capital gains realized by an investment fund, and income and dividends earned by an investment fund, are taxable in your hands in the year they are paid. Your adjusted cost base will be reduced by the amount of any returns of capital. If your adjusted cost base goes below zero, you will have to pay capital gains tax on the amount below zero. Please refer to the distribution policy for BMO ETF set out in the prospectus.

Cash distributions, if any, on units of a BMO ETF (other than accumulating units or units subject to a distribution reinvestment plan) are expected to be paid primarily out of dividends or distributions, and other income or gains, received by the BMO ETF less the expenses of the BMO ETF, but may also consist of non-taxable amounts including returns of capital, which may be paid in the manager’s sole discretion. To the extent that the expenses of a BMO ETF exceed the income generated by such BMO ETF in any given month, quarter or year, as the case may be, it is not expected that a monthly, quarterly, or annual distribution will be paid. Distributions, if any, in respect of the accumulating units of BMO Short Corporate Bond Index ETF, BMO Short Federal Bond Index ETF, BMO Short Provincial Bond Index ETF, BMO Ultra Short-Term Bond ETF and BMO Ultra Short-Term US Bond ETF will be automatically reinvested in additional accumulating units of the applicable BMO ETF. Following each distribution, the number of accumulating units of the applicable BMO ETF will be immediately consolidated so that the number of outstanding accumulating units of the applicable BMO ETF will be the same as the number of outstanding accumulating units before the distribution. Non-resident unitholders may have the number of securities reduced due to withholding tax. Certain BMO ETFs have adopted a distribution reinvestment plan, which provides that a unitholder may elect to automatically reinvest all cash distributions paid on units held by that unitholder in additional units of the applicable BMO ETF in accordance with the terms of the distribution reinvestment plan. For further information, see Distribution Policy in the BMO ETFs’ prospectus.

Commissions, management fees and expenses (if any) all may be associated with investments in exchange traded funds. Please read the ETF Facts or prospectus before investing. Exchange traded funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.

For a summary of the risks of an investment in the BMO ETFs, please see the specific risks set out in the prospectus. BMO ETFs and ETF series trade like stocks, fluctuate in market value and may trade at a discount to their net asset value, which may increase the risk of loss. Distributions are not guaranteed and are subject to change and/​or elimination.

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