Desjardins tops up its discretionary portfolio management service offering



    
    Desjardins consolidates its leadership position in socially responsible
    investment with the addition of segregated accounts
    

    LEVIS, QC, June 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Group is building an even
stronger presence in socially responsible investing (SRI). Private Management
members and clients can now invest via segregated accounts managed according
to the principle of active investment, which emphasizes dialogue with
companies. The offering is in partnership with Northwest & Ethical Investments
L.P., Canada's leader in socially responsible investing and a 50% owned
subsidiary of Desjardins.
    "Providing the option of making socially responsible investments enhances
our discretionary portfolio management offering," states Jean Brunelle,
Director, Desjardins Private Management. "It allows our Private Management
clients greater flexibility in personalizing their investment portfolios."
    In addition to segregated accounts, discretionary portfolio management
will also boast new DIM Private Funds, while some existing funds will be
modified. These enhancements are part of an inclusive offering that combines
the many aspects of family asset management.
    Desjardins Private Management offers a comprehensive and select approach
to changing financial and trust needs. Our discretionary portfolio management
and trust services are expertly tailored to high net worth clients.

    About Desjardins Group

    Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in Canada,
with overall assets of close to $160 billion, as at March 31, 2009. It
comprises a network of caisses, credit unions and business centres in Québec
and Ontario, and some twenty subsidiary companies in life and general
insurance, securities brokerage, venture capital and asset management, many of
which are active across the country. Drawing on the expertise of its 42,000
employees and the commitment of its 6,300 elected officers, Desjardins offers
its 5.8 million individual and corporate members and clients a full range of
financial products and services. Its physical distribution network is
complemented by leading-edge virtual access methods. To find out more, consult
www.desjardins.com.




For further information:

For further information: (for journalists only): Hélène Lavoie, Advisor,
Information and Media Relations, Desjardins Group, (514) 281-7275,
1-866-866-7000, ext. 7275, helene.m.lavoie@desjardins.com


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