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Toronto-based Connor, Clark & Lunn Funds Inc. (CCL) has brought a new liquid alternative mutual fund to market.

The PCJ Absolute Return II Fund is a market neutral, absolute return strategy targeting long-term returns similar to equities but with less volatility and low correlation to market direction.

The fund will be managed by PCJ Investment Counsel Ltd., which has managed a similar institutional portfolio for the last 10 years. The minimum investment for the fund is $5,000.

“Given its lower volatility profile than equity markets, and the low expected returns from fixed-income markets, we view the portfolio as a compelling standalone investment or portfolio diversifier,” said Adam Posman, chief investment officer, PCJ, in a release.

Both CCL and PCJ are part of Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group Ltd., an independently owned asset management company with more than $86 billion in assets.