Counting TSX Points Instead of Sheep? Diversification Key to a Good Night's Sleep - Interview Opportunity

    TORONTO, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - Losing sleep over the recent market downturn?
Many Canadians are tossing and turning over the recent performance of the
stock market - but they don't have to. Investing is a long term discipline.
Remaining in the market throughout its peaks and valleys rather than
attempting to capitalize while it's hot will ultimately help investors achieve
their financial goals.

    WHAT: Developing a financial plan and a well-balanced portfolio using the
principles of asset allocation and diversification are also important,
however, not all Canadians have taken the time to do this. In fact, results
from recent BMO studies show approximately one in three Canadians don't have a
financial plan and 50 per cent have never received professional financial

    WHY: One of the easiest ways of curing a bout of market-induced insomnia
is meeting with a financial planner who can provide advice on how to protect
against short-term volatility and how to choose investments that focus on
long-term results.
    There are countless investment options available - including short-term
investments that offer 100 per cent principal protection as well as ready-made
portfolios that automatically adjust their asset mix based on an investor's
time horizon. A financial professional can help an investor decide what mix of
investments is best for them.

    WHO: BMO Financial Group has national and regional experts available to
speak about the following:
      -  How can an investor stay protected in a volatile market?
      -  What should investors do today in the midst of this market
      -  What are the short-term investment options available to investors?
      -  What is a well balanced and diversified portfolio and how to achieve
      -  Why a long term investment approach is the best way to reach
         financial goals?
      -  What are the investment opportunities outside of Canada?
      -  Which investment products offer an attractive rate of return with
         some level of security?

For further information:

For further information: To arrange an interview, please contact: JoAnne
Hayes, Toronto,, (416) 867-3996; Laurie Grant, Vancouver,, (604) 665-7596; Lucie Gosselin, Montréal,, (514) 877-1101

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