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A new stock index dedicated to Quebec-based companies: The National Bank Quebec IndexTM

Montreal, 1 March 2011 -

National Bank Financial Group is announcing the launch of a Quebec-made stock index, the National Bank Quebec IndexTM reflecting the performance of Common Shares or Units of Income Trusts of Quebec-based companies. To be eligible in the Index, companies must be listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and are required to have a minimum float of $150 million and a minimum share price of $1. The weight of each constituent is capped at 5% at each rebalancing date to occur twice a year in April and in October.

“This index meets the need expressed my many investors, individuals or industry professionals alike, looking for an economical and efficient way to track the performance of Quebec-based companies. The National Bank Quebec IndexTM is a natural extension of National Bank’s presence in Quebec for more than 150 years, serving clients and individual as well as corporate investors,” said Jean-Philippe Cousineau, Managing Director, Shares and Co-Director, Institutional Stocks, National Bank Financial.

The complete list of the companies covered by the National Bank Quebec IndexTM.

For more details, please visit http://info.nbf.ca/nbqi

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 $152 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 18,407 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.

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