January 30, 2008 09:01 ET

National Bank Adds a New Asset Class to its Private Investment Management Service

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 30, 2008) - National Bank (TSX:NA) has added a new asset class - Real Assets, to the Private Investment Management service offered by National Bank Trust to high net worth individuals.

With the various governments around the world planning to work more closely with the private sector to carry out new large-scale projects, major investments are expected over the coming years and companies specializing in infrastructure projects will be highly sought after. The new asset class proposed by Private Investment Management is primarily made up of securities of these types of companies, and is an attractive complement for investors looking to achieve optimal portfolio diversification.

"In today's dynamic climate, we believe it is important to keep our products up-to-date in order to meet the needs of our clients and provide them with access to investment vehicles that are usually only available to institutional clients. Diversifying securities and management styles ensures a better risk-return balance over the long term," explained Éric Laflamme, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank Trust.

Recognized as a leader in discretionary asset management, National Bank Trust's Private Investment Management service includes discretionary investment portfolio management, financial planning, estate planning, trust and other services to more than 13,000 clients to help them achieve their financial objectives and to ensure the smooth transfer of their assets.

About National Bank of Canada

National Bank of Canada is an integrated group which provides comprehensive financial services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations in its core market, while offering specialized services to its clients elsewhere in the world. The National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including retail, corporate and investment banking. It is an active player on international capital markets and, through its subsidiaries, is involved in securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management as well as mutual fund and retirement plan management. National Bank has more than $113 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 16,863 people. The Bank's securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA:TSX). For more information, visit the Bank's website at

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