B2B Trust and AIM Trimark Investments enter an agreement to distribute investment and RRSP loan programs

    TORONTO, Jan. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - B2B Trust and AIM Trimark Investments have
signed agreements for the distribution of investment and RRSP loan programs.
With these newly signed agreements, B2B Trust has reached a key milestone of
50 loan program distribution alliance arrangements with clients spanning the
Canadian mutual and segregated fund manufacturing sectors, as well as the
mutual fund dealer community.
    B2B Trust, the leading third-party supplier of investment and RRSP loan
programs in Canada, offers distribution alliance programs for investment loans
exclusively through investment fund manufacturers like AIM Trimark, one of the
country's largest investment management companies. B2B Trust serves 100% of
the top 25 mutual fund companies who do not have an in-house lending
capability and who prefer to partner with a leading loan provider such as
B2B Trust. Furthermore, B2B Trust now offers loans at preferred rates on over
80% of the top 25 long-term fund assets. This provides financial advisors with
even more choice when selecting investments for purchase with borrowed monies.
    "It is with great excitement that we welcome the addition of such a
prestigious firm as AIM Trimark to the B2B Trust client roster," says
François Desjardins, President and Chief Executive Officer of B2B Trust. "This
brings the total number of funds that are eligible for purchase with borrowed
monies from B2B Trust to well over 1,100, thus representing another milestone
in B2B Trust's successful focused approach".
    The Investment and RRSP loan programs for AIM Trimark's mutual funds are
available starting now.

    About AIM Trimark

    AIM Trimark Investments is one of Canada's largest investment management
companies providing support to advisors in helping them build and protect
their clients' wealth. AIM Trimark offers a diversified suite of investment
solutions to institutions, organizations, companies and individual investors
across Canada and around the world. A subsidiary of Invesco Ltd., which is
among the world's largest independent investment managers, AIM Trimark
leverages the global expertise of Invesco investment professionals worldwide.

    About B2B Trust

    B2B Trust provides financial advisors, planners and brokers with superior
financial products and services for distribution to their clients. B2B Trust
is the premier third-party supplier of investment and RRSP lending programs
and the leading provider of broker deposits, banking and self-directed
accounts, as well as Laurentian Bank broker mortgages to the Canadian
financial advisory community. B2B Trust's products and services are available
nationally with the head office located in Toronto and regional sales
representation in Halifax, Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. The
company is a federally chartered trust company and a wholly-owned subsidiary
of Laurentian Bank of Canada. The website address is b2b-trust.com.

For further information:

For further information: B2B Trust, Gladys Caron, (514) 284-4500, ext.
7511, Cell: (514) 893-3963

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