National Bank Financial Group Listed among the Virtuosos of the Investment Industry

Montreal, 29 April 2009 - 

The winners of the 2009 edition of the Canadian Lipper Fund Awardswere announced yesterday in a ceremony held in Toronto. National Bank Financial Group is proud to report it received recognition for eight of its mutual funds that yielded the best risk-adjusted return of their category. Here are the funds that were honoured:

Winning Funds

Category

Return Period

Altamira Short Term Government Bond Fund

Canadian Short Duration Fixed Income

1 year

Altamira Select American Fund

US Small/Mid Cap Equity

1 year

Altamira Japanese Opportunity Fund*

Japanese Equity

3 years

Altamira Precision US Midcap Index Fund

US Small/Mid Cap Equity

5 years

National Bank Mortgage Fund*

Canadian Short Term Fixed Income

5 and 10 years

Altamira Asia-Pacific Fund

Asia Pacific Equity

1 and 10 years

Altamira Global Discovery Fund*

Emerging Markets Equity

10 years

Altamira Science & Technology Fund*

Science & Technology Equity

10 years

*winner for a second consecutive year.

“We are incredibly proud of our range of mutual funds. Being awarded such merit shows the level of meticulousness with which our portfolio managers approach markets, and the excellence of the products we offer clients,” said Charles Guay, president and CEO of National Bank Securities. “The different categories won at the 2009 Canadian Lipper Awards clearly demonstrate the scope of our expertise and the quality of our fund line-up,” he added.

The discipline and conviction shown by Natcan Investment Management, National Bank Financial Group’s primary portfolio manager, has enabled the firm to stay ahead of its competitors for the past two years, amid an environment where capital preservation was key. National Bank’s line of mutual funds is highly competitive and remains in very good hands.

For more details: http://awards.lipperweb.com/canada/

About National Bank Securities Inc.
The National Bank Mutual Funds (including the Omega FundsTM) and the Altamira Funds (the “Funds”), as well as the Meritage Portfolios® (the "Porfolios") are offered by National Bank Securities Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of National Bank of Canada. Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with investments in the Funds or in the Portfolios. Please read the prospectus of the Funds or of the Portfolios before investing. The Funds’ and Portfolios’ securities are not insured by the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation or by any other government deposit insurer. The Funds and the Portfolios are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. 

“Omega Funds™” and the Omega Funds logo and ‘’Meritage Portfolios®’’ and the Meritage Portfolios logoare trademarks of National Bank of Canada, used under license by National Bank Securities Inc.

About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2009, 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 close to $137 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,199 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 is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media representatives.):

Denis Dubé
Senior Manager, Public Relations
National Bank Financial Group
Tel.: 514-394-8644