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Monday, January 13, 2014

Dundee to expand wealth management business, (TSE: GMP.TO)

Dundee Goodman Private Wealth, a unit of Dundee Securities Ltd, said on Monday a group of about 60 investment advisers and their staff are transferring to Dundee from Richardson GMP. The move will greatly expand Dundee's wealth management unit giving the firm more than 100 investment advisers across Canada managing portfolios valued at more than $6 billion."This transaction marks a valuable addition to our growing wealth management business, thereby cementing our position as a strong and independently owned Canadian securities firm," said Jonathan Goodman, chief executive of Dundee Capital Markets in a statement.Under the agreement, Dundee will take over former Macquarie Private Wealth offices in Ottawa, Montreal, and Victoria. And a more limited transfer of investment advisors will take place from Richardson GMP offices in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto to Dundee Goodman's offices in those cities.Richardson GMP, in which financial services firm GMP Capital owns a non-controlling ownership interest, was expected to lose some investment advisers following its agreement to purchase Macquarie Canada's Private Wealth unit for about C$132 million ($121.5 million) last September.

GMP Capital Inc. (GMP) is a diversified financial services company. Shares of GMP traded higher by 2.61% or $0.19/share to $7.46. In the past year, the shares have traded as low as $5.21 and as high as $7.35. On average, 74037 shares of GMP.TO exchange hands on a given day and today's volume is recorded at 46376.