RBC Dexia selected as investor services provider by Optimum Asset Management

    MONTREAL, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - RBC Dexia Investor Services has been selected
by Optimum Asset Management Inc. to provide a full range of investor services
including global custody, fund valuation and unitholder recordkeeping for the
company's newly-launched family of pooled funds.
    "After a comprehensive review of the capabilities of the various
providers in the Canadian marketplace, our management team concluded that RBC
Dexia is the ideal company to deliver these investor services for our pooled
funds," said Claude Lamonde, President of Optimum Asset Management. "Their
outstanding reputation for service excellence, combined with demonstrated
expertise in the fund business weighed heavily in our decision to work with
RBC Dexia."
    "We would like to congratulate Optimum Asset Management on the successful
launch of their new family of pooled funds and their decision to entrust their
custody, fund valuation and recordkeeping needs to RBC Dexia," said Brent
Wilkins, Head, Sales & Relationship Management, Americas, for RBC Dexia. "This
appointment serves to reinforce RBC Dexia's position as a leading provider of
integrated investor services solutions to the asset management sector, not
only in Canada, but around the world."
    RBC Dexia has been named the world's number one custodian overall for
five consecutive years in the Global Investor Global Custody Survey (2004 -

    About Optimum Asset Management

    Since its creation in 1985, Optimum Asset Management Inc., with over
$2.3 billion in assets under management, offers portfolio management services
to pension funds, corporations, insurance companies, foundations, religious
orders, professional associations and mutual funds as well as to individuals.
    Optimum Asset Management Inc. is a leading fixed income portfolio manager
in Canada. A specialist in both active and index portfolio management, the
firm's offering includes ten different bond products, each with a different
risk/return profile. Optimum Asset Management Inc. is also well-known for its
expertise in Canadian and international equities.

    About RBC Dexia Investor Services

    RBC Dexia Investor Services offers a complete range of investor services
to institutions worldwide. Our unique offshore and onshore solutions, combined
with the expertise of our 5,200 professionals in 16 markets, help clients grow
their business and sustain enhanced performance through efficiency
improvements and robust risk management processes. Equally owned by RBC and
Dexia, the company ranks among the world's top 10 global custodians with USD
2.8 trillion in client assets under administration.


For further information:

For further information: Warren Weeks, RBC Dexia Investor Services,
Toronto, (416) 955-7048

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