National Bank Direct Brokerage now offers National Bank Financial’s analysis

Montreal, 13 June 2007 - 

National Bank Direct Brokerage (NBDB) is proud to offer the research and analysis of National Bank Financial (NBF) to its clients. This excellent news is directly in line with NBDB’s commitment to meet the expectations of the most demanding independent investors. NBF’s research and analysis will allow NBDB’s clients to better understand the markets and make informed investment decisions.

National Bank Financial’s Research Department is recognized as one of the best in Canada.  It monitors major economic trends and keeps a close watch on social and political events that can affect both domestic and international financial markets. Analysts cover all the major sectors and publish timely, in-depth reports on a large number of companies that they track closely.

NBF’s research and analysis solidifies NBDB’s complete service offering, based on outstanding customer service, state-of-the-art online tools and very attractive pricing.

NBDB has more than 100 securities representatives who can meet the particular needs of investors who opt for direct brokerage solutions and can accompany them in developing their investment strategies.  NBDB is the 4th largest direct brokerage firm in Canada2, and the leading broker in Quebec based on market share. A subsidiary of National Bank of Canada, NBDB also operates outside Quebec under the name Altamira Securities.

2 Source: Investor Economics, March 2007: Average assets per account.

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. 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 $130 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 16,852 people. The Bank’s securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA). For more information, visit the Bank’s website at
www.nbc.ca.

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

Denis Dubé
Director – Public Relations
National Bank of Canada
Tel.: 514-394-8644