National Bank’s Economic and Financial Outlook for 2005

Montreal, 9 December 2004 - 

Clément Gignac, Chief Economist of the National Bank and Senior Vice-President and Strategist at National Bank Financial, will present the National Bank's “Economic and Financial Outlook for 2005” on Thursday, December 16 2004.

What: Webcast presentation of the “Economic and Financial Outlook for 2005”

Who:  Clément Gignac, Chief Economist of the National Bank and its subsidiaries and Senior Vice-President and Strategist at National Bank Financial

When:  On Thursday, December 16 at 10:00 a.m.

Where:  On the National Bank website at: www.nbc.ca\economicoutlook

Duration:  20 minutes

Languages: English and French

Documents: A PowerPoint presentation, the “Economic and Financial Outlook for 2005” (PDF format) and a press release will be available on the National Bank website that same morning at www.nbc.ca

Interviews:  Mr. Clément Gignac will be available on December 16, 2004 for individual interviews

About the 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. The National Bank has assets close to $89 billion and, together with its subsidiaries, employs close to 16,500 people. The Bank's securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA:TSX). For more information, visit the Bank's website at www.nbc.ca.

Information: (The telephone number provided below are for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives):

Denis Dubé
Manager, Public Relations Department
National Bank of Canada
Tel.: (514) 394-8644