Lipper presents the award for Best Mixed Assets Fund Group to National Bank Securities

Montreal, 4 February 2011 - 

National Bank Securities was granted the Best Mixed Assets Fund Group Award at the Canadian Lipper Fund Awards gala, held yesterday in Toronto. Awarded for investment solutions delivering consistently strong risk-adjusted returns in their respected categories, Lipper Awards were also presented to National Bank Securities for the National Bank Small Cap Fund as well as the National Bank Growth Managed Portfolio.

Lipper Awards were received for the following categories:

  • Best Mixed Assets Fund Group (3-year period);
  • Canadian Focused Small/Mid Cap Equity (5-year period) for the National Bank Small Cap Fund;
  • Global Equity Balanced (5-year period) for the National Bank Growth Managed Portfolio.

“This award recognizes our ongoing commitment to offering investors high-performance investment solutions tailored to their needs,” stated Charles Guay, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank Securities. Awarded to the mutual fund manager with superior returns in several categories, the award for the best mixed assets fund group demonstrates National Bank Securities’ expertise in mutual funds and turnkey solutions.

“We are proud to contribute to the success of National Bank Securities. These awards attest to the unwavering dedication and diligence of our investment professionals,” said Pascal Duquette, President and Chief Executive Officer of Natcan Investment Management, the lead portfolio manager of National Bank Securities Mutual Funds. What makes National Bank Securities’ suite of investment solutions stand out from its peers is the process and model used by Natcan Investment Management.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Canadian Lipper Fund Awards, which take place in 23 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa 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 investment the Funds and the use of an asset allocation service (such as the Portfolios). Please read the prospectus of the Funds included in the Portfolios before investing. The Funds’ securities are not insured by the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation or by any other government deposit insurer. 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 are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. In respect of the Managed Portfolios, investors will enter into a discretionary management agreement with National Bank Trust Inc. or Natcan Trust Company.

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 over $145 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 18,322 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. To access National Bank Financial Group’s financial education portal, visit
www.clearfacts.ca.

For additional information regarding the methodology used for the Lipper Fund Awards, please visit www.lipperweb.com.

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

Joan Beauchamp
Senior Advisor – Public Relations
National Bank Financial Group
Tel.: 514-394-6500