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June 21, 2010 13:25 ET

BMO Capital Markets Launches Twitter Feed

Provides timely information about the firm

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 21, 2010) - Just in time for the G20 Summit, BMO Capital Markets, the investment and corporate banking arm of BMO Financial Group (NYSE:BMO)(TSX:BMO), today announced the launch of a Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/bmocm), allowing clients who use social media applications such as Twitter to receive information in real-time.

"People are always on the go, and social media tools are increasingly being used as a way to communicate and stay informed," said Rick Kuwayti, Head of Marketing for BMO Capital Markets. "Twitter is another way for us to deliver information to our clients and other followers at precisely the moment they want it, wherever they might be."

Followers of the BMO Capital Markets Twitter feed will receive regular updates about the firm's institutional investor conferences and events, new-hire announcements, awards, products, services, and upcoming appearances on news programs by BMO Capital Markets analysts and strategists. Most of the postings, commonly known as "tweets", will link back to the BMO Capital Markets website (www.bmocm.com) where the full content can be viewed. The "tweets" can be viewed through Twitter's web-based platform, or by using any third-party Twitter application for mobile devices.

BMO Capital Markets is committed to providing innovative ways for its clients to stay in touch with the firm. Last year, the firm was one of the first to place two-dimensional (2D) barcodes in select versions of its weekly advertisements in the Money & Investing section of The Wall Street Journal. Using the camera on their mobile phone or PDA, readers of The Wall Street Journal were able to use a free application to photograph an ad's barcode, which then launched the device's browser, and linked directly to a customized page on the BMO Capital Markets website.

"We are looking to Twitter as another form of social media that will further build on our capabilities for mobile platforms," added Mr. Kuwayti.

Recent statistics* reveal Twitter's growth:
  • Twitter has more than 105 million registered users
  • 300,000 new users sign-up per day
  • There are 600 million search queries on Twitter per day
  • 37 per cent of active Twitter users use their phone or PDA to tweet
  • 60 per cent of all tweets come from third-party applications – mobile and web-based
*Source: Sysomos, January 2010; Twitter, April 2010

Follow BMO Capital Markets on Twitter

To become a follower of BMO Capital Markets on Twitter (@bmocm), please visit http://twitter.com/bmocm. To receive updates via SMS, text "follow BMOCM" to 21212 in Canada, and 40404 in the U.S.

About BMO Capital Markets

BMO Capital Markets is a leading, full-service North American financial services provider, with over 2,200 employees operating in 15 North American offices and 27 worldwide, offering corporate, institutional and government clients access to a complete range of investment and corporate banking products and services. BMO Capital Markets is a member of BMO Financial Group (NYSE:BMO)(TSX:BMO), one of the largest diversified financial services providers in North America with US$384 billion total assets and 37,000 employees as at April 30, 2010. For more information, please visit www.bmocm.com.

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