Disnat online brokerage celebrates 25 years of innovation - With marked income growth in recent years



    MONTREAL, April 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Disnat, the online brokerage division
of Desjardins Securities, is proud to celebrate 25 years of operations and
investor enthusiasm for its services. In fact, since 2002, Disnat has seen its
income double, despite very strong competition in the sector. This marked
growth is the result of its constantly improved offer targeted and adapted to
the expectations of investors. The first brokerage firm to offer discount
brokerage services in Canada, in 1983, Disnat is proud of its achievements and
looks to the future with optimism.

    Background

    Disnat was founded in 1982, under the name Les Investissements
Disnat inc. It first offered reduced commissions on trades of stocks or
options listed on U.S. exchanges, where the industry had been deregulated
since 1975.
    Anticipating deregulation of commissions in Canada, Disnat took the lead
and in 1983 became the very first firm in Canada to offer discount brokerage
services for securities traded on Canadian markets, following the abolition of
fixed-rate commissions in Quebec and Ontario.

    A good fit

    In 1988, the firm joined Desjardins Group. The combination of Disnat and
the Desjardins caisses populaires was a good fit and enabled the Group to
broaden its scope of activities.
    Initially the discount brokerage arm of Desjardins Group, Disnat became a
division of Desjardins Securities when the latter was founded in 1991,
providing Desjardins with both a full-service brokerage division and a
discount brokerage division.
    In January 1998, Disnat established a brand new Web site: disnat.com.
Over the years, the firm has built a reputation for trade execution expertise
and quality of customer service. In addition, it has always made it a point to
provide its investor clients with learning opportunities through seminars,
conferences, and dissemination of quality information via its Disnat Bulletin
and on its disnat.com site.

    Another first

    In 2003, Disnat launched DisnatDirect, the first direct access brokerage
service for active investors offered by a financial institution in Canada.
With direct access brokerage, clients can trade directly on stock markets and
ECNs. Using an ultrapowerful computer system, orders are sent instantaneously
to the market selected by the client, who also benefits from dynamic real-time
monitoring of market activity.
    "In addition to responding to clients' needs, Disnat has constantly
improved its service offering by innovating and by anticipating the
development of the online brokerage industry," says Frédéric Paquette,
Vice-President of Disnat Online Brokerage.
    Over the years, Disnat has launched many new products and services that
have shaped the industry, such as direct market access for its clients. Today,
most Disnat clients do their trading online. They know they can always count
on Disnat for speed, reliability, service and innovation.

    About Disnat Online Brokerage

    Disnat is a division of Desjardins Securities. Desjardins Securities is
an approved participant at the Montréal Exchange, a participating organization
at the Toronto Stock Exchange and an active member of the TSX Venture
Exchange. Desjardins Securities is also a member of the Investment Dealers
Association of Canada (IDA) and member of the Canadian Investor Protection
Fund (CIPF), established to protect investor assets. Desjardins Securities
International acts as a trade execution firm on the NASDAQ market in the
United States.




For further information:

For further information: Chantal Lagacé, Desjardins Securities, (514)
281-2303, Toll free: 1-888-987-1749, ext. 2303

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