More accessible alternative investment strategies for pension funds - Desjardins Financial Security Launches Three New Innovative Investment Funds Accessible in Multi-management

    MONTREAL, Sept. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of Optigestion, its
multi-management investment program for pension funds, Desjardins Financial
Security is offering alternative management accessibility for three new
investment funds. They are the Alternative Investments Fund and the Emerging
Markets Fund, managed by Desjardins Asset Management, and the Global Real
Estate Fund, managed by CBRE Investors.
    "Given the current interest rate climate, we feel it is essential that
our clients be able to access alternative management asset classes", explained
Eric Filion, Senior Manager, Product Development and Marketing, Savings for
Groups and Businesses, at Desjardins Financial Security. "The availability of
these new funds illustrates Desjardins Financial Security's desire to offer
the best solutions possible to its group savings plan clients at a very
competitive price."
    The objective of the Alternative Investments Fund, which is managed by
Desjardins Asset Management, is to globally replicate the strategies used by
traditional hedge funds. However, the Fund is structured to ensure full
position transparency and complete accessibility for our pension fund clients.
    "The Alternative Investments Fund is the product of several years of
financial engineering research at Desjardins Asset Management, and we are very
proud to be the first in Canada to make this type of investment vehicle
available in conjunction with Desjardins Financial Security", noted Jacques
Lussier, Vice-President, Securities Investments and Financial Engineering,
Desjardins Asset Management.
    By offering access to several well-known managers, Desjardins Asset
Management's Emerging Markets Fund offers participation in the growth of
developing countries, while benefiting from excellent diversification and
reduced global portfolio volatility.
    Lastly, the Global Real Estate Fund offers hybrid investments that
combine equities and bonds, thus generating a high level of income with
competitive returns and improving the risk-return ratio of a diversified

    About Desjardins Asset Management

    Desjardins Asset Management, a subsidiary of Desjardins Group, manages
over $46 billion from the equity of the insurance subsidiaries and management
authorizations that it has been awarded by other Desjardins Group components.
Desjardins Asset Management brings together over 170 professionals in
Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto and Vancouver. Its operations include mortgage
investments, and business financing, real estate investments, securities
investments and financial engineering. Desjardins Asset Management is a group
of investment experts recognized for its value-added approach and innovation
with regard to its asset management, advisory and financial product
development services.

    About Desjardins Financial Security

    Desjardins Financial Security, a subsidiary of Desjardins Group, the
largest integrated cooperative financial group in Canada, specializes in group
and individual life and health insurance, and savings products and services.
Every day, over 5 million Canadians rely on Desjardins Financial Security to
ensure their financial security. With a staff of over 3,700 employees,
Desjardins Financial Security manages and administers close to $22 billion in
assets from offices in major cities across the country, including Vancouver,
Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, Levis, Halifax and St.
John's. For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Truchon, Desjardins Financial
Security, (514) 350-8700, ext. 8668,; Isabelle Nadeau,
Desjardins Asset Management

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