Meritage Portfolios(TM): two new portfolios

    TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - Altamira is pleased to introduce the newest
members of the Meritage Portfolios(TM) family, the Meritage International
Equity Portfolio and the Meritage American Equity Portfolio. Consisting of
100% equities, the two new Portfolios seek to achieve long-term capital growth
by investing primarily in U.S. or international equity funds.
    The new funds add an international and U.S. component to the Meritage
Portfolios family, which has proven extremely popular among investors in the
market for a top-of-the-line diversified investment solution. Meritage
Portfolios(TM) is an innovative family of 14 unique portfolios providing
investors with the best blend of the best funds, offering optimal
diversification by asset class, geography, market capitalization and
management style in a fund-of-funds wrap structure.
    In addition, Meritage Portfolios(TM) offer a wide variety of profiles
that appeal to a broad range of clients. The minimum investment is $5,000, and
also offers competitive management expense ratios. These latest additions
represent Altamira's willingness to elevate the bar within the managed wrap
fund marketplace by providing clients with a smart, all-in-one investment
    To obtain further information, we invite you to visit the Meritage
Portfolios(TM) website at
    Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may
be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the prospectus before
investing. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and
past performance may not be repeated.

    About Altamira

    Altamira Investment Services is a leading provider of financial and
retirement planning services offering a wide range of investment solutions
including mutual funds, savings accounts, principal-protected notes and
managed portfolio services. Award-winning client service, product innovation
and expert advice define Altamira's distinctive approach to investment
management. The company is headquartered in Toronto with offices across the
country, and is a subsidiary of the National Bank of Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Information (The telephone number provided
below is for the exclusive use of journalists and other media
representatives): Crystal Jongeward, Public Relations Specialist, Altamira
Investment Services, Tel.: (416) 507-7252; Denis Dubé, Director - Public
Relations, National Bank of Canada, Tel.: (514) 394-8644

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