An open-ended fund is a CIU which can issue and redeem holdings at any time. An investor can purchase holdings in such funds directly from the operator, or through a broker. An open-ended fund is equitably divided into holdings (shares or units) which vary in price in direct proportion to the variation in value of the CIU's net asset value. Each time money is invested new holdings are created to match the addition to net assets; similarly, each time holdings are redeemed by participants they are cancelled to reflect the reduction in net assets. In this way, the price of holdings remains a reflection of the underlying assets of the CIU.
Amended: July 2011