Three National Bank Securities investment solutions stand out at the annual Lipper Fund Awards

Montreal, 19 February 2010 - 

The Canadian Lipper Fund Awards were presented yesterday at a gala event in Toronto. National Bank Securities was honoured for three of its investment solutions which posted superior risk-adjusted performances relative to their peers.

Honoured at the Canadian Lipper Fund Awards:

Investment Solution

Period

National Bank Income and Growth Managed Portfolio

1 year

National Bank Monthly Moderate Income Fund

3 years

Altamira Global Small Company Fund

10 years

"Our investment solutions attest to our ability and determination to offer investors turnkey solutions that are fully adapted to their needs," underscored Charles Guay, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank Securities. The award given for the Altamira Global Small Company Fund is a testimony to the attractive Canadian and global of small cap offering that National Bank Securities provides to investors.

As the primary portfolio manager of National Bank Securities funds, Natcan Investment Management’s conviction, rigour and focus on capital preservation are responsible for it becoming an industry leader in recent years. National Bank Securities is proud to field a very competitive line-up of mutual funds, in no small part thanks Natcan Investment Management's discipline and management style.

The year 2010 marked the fourth anniversary of the Canadian Lipper Fund Awards. Lipper Awards are awarded in 21 countries in Asia, Europe and North America.

About National Bank Securities Inc.
National Bank Securities Mutual Funds (the “Funds”) and National Bank Managed Portfolios (the “Portfolios”) 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 and the use of the Portfolios. Please read the prospectus of the Funds before making an investment. For money market funds, there can be no assurances that a fund will be able to maintain its net asset value per security at a constant amount or that the full amount of the investment in a fund will be returned.  The funds’ securities are not insured by the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation or by any other government deposit insurer.  The Funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated.

About National Bank of Canada
National Bank of Canada is an integrated group that 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 $132 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 17,747 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