Sixth Annual Edition of Canadian Investment Guide Now Available

This year's publication helps investors lay the foundation for solid investing plans

TORONTO, Dec. 10 /CNW/ - The Canadian Investment Awards (CIA), Canada's premier awards program recognizing excellence in the financial services industry, is proud to announce that the sixth annual edition of Canadian Investment Guide, copublished by Investment Executive and the CIA, is now available.

Canadian Investment Guide is a unique consumer magazine based on the extensive research and analysis compiled for the CIA Awards by committees of industry experts - coupled with insightful articles from Investment Executive's best writers.

"This year's issue of Canadian Investment Guide offers information that will help guide investors along the many paths in today's altered investing landscape," said Sabine Steinbrecher, President of Canadian Investment Awards Inc. "I'm confident it will help readers understand why those fundamental investing strategies that seemed to whither during the recession still represent the best way to build winning portfolios."

"There are great uncertainties in this recovery," said Tracy LeMay, editor of Canadian Investment Guide and Investment Executive. "But there are also tremendous positives. For example, investors will likely find lots of new, lucrative opportunities in Asia as economic power there continues to grow. And governments are promoting specific industries -- notably renewable energy -- and this may herald the growth of new industry sectors."

The 2010 edition of Canadian Investment Guide includes this year's top-performing investment funds as ranked by the CIA's panels of judges. It also includes a special section on individual award winners, as determined by CIA juries. To be considered for an award, funds and firms must meet stringent eligibility requirements. In coordination with Morningstar Canada, the judges -- some 50 senior analysts and industry professionals -- reviewed the absolute, relative and risk-adjusted returns of the investment funds in the various categories. They also weighed qualitative aspects such as management, availability and fees.

"We hope the Canadian Investment Guide becomes an educational tool for those navigating the post recession world," agreed Ms. Steinbrecher and Mr. LeMay. "The recovery promises to be bumpy, but if investors know where they're headed, that turbulence shouldn't push them off course."

Thank you to all our partners and sponsors

Platinum: CGI / Morningstar

Gold: Canadian Business / MoneySense

Silver: Broadridge Investor Communications Solutions, Canada / Canadian Hedge Watch / Fundata Canada Inc. / Informco / Investment Executive / Learning Library Inc.

National Automobile Sponsor: Audi Canada

National Newspaper Sponsor: National Post

Strategic Partners: Kaleidoscope Marketing and Communications / Locordia Inc. / VAULT Solutions

Partners: Bruze / Bullfrog Power / Business News Network / CCR Solutions / CNW Group / Data on The Spot / Investment Fund Institute of Canada / Prestige Glass / YMCA Investment in Values

About the Canadian Investment Awards

The Canadian Investment Awards and Gala recognizes leading investment products and firms illustrating an enduring commitment to excellence within the Canadian financial services industry overall. This is the only time in Canada that the industry, investors and advisors come together to select top performers. Now in its 15th year, the event attracts over 600 guests annually and represents the year-long work of over 30 firms, 40 senior analysts and expert jury members researching and ranking 50 categories, and is supported by over 20 principal sponsors.

The unusual nature of this collaborative structure provides an unbiased and objective outcome that is unique to these awards and to Canada. No other analysis process, nor any other resource, provides this broad industry representation via "collaborative results" and the top performers have become a valuable annual reference guide for Canadian investors and advisors.

This is the event of the season honouring financial service excellence. For more information about the Canadian Investment Awards, please visit www.InvestmentAwards.com.

SOURCE CANADIAN INVESTMENT AWARDS

For further information: For further information: Media Contacts: Sabine Steinbrecher, Canadian Investment Awards Inc., Tel: (416) 483-2791, Email: sabine@investmentawards.com; Kate Taylor, Kaleidoscope Marketing and Communications, Tel: (416) 271-9078, Email: ktaylor@kaleidoscoperesults.com

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