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RBC Direct Investing clients can win $25,000 to invest

TORONTO, January 11, 2008 — Even though the height of the gift-giving season is behind us, RBC Direct Investing is starting the new year by giving self-directed investors a chance to win* a grand prize of $25,000 to invest.

For every $15,000 clients deposit or transfer into a new or existing RBC Direct Investing account from other sources, they will be automatically entered for a chance to win the grand prize. There are also other ways in which to enter. Clients can set up an automatic investment plan with a minimum of $100 per month to earn a chance to win. RBC will also cover transfer fees up to $125 for investors who transfer-in $15,000 or more.

"Our 'Win $25,000 to Invest' contest is being held at a time when people tend to think about how they want to manage their investments in the new year. And who wouldn't want an extra $25,000 to invest?" said Doug Coulter, president and CEO, RBC Direct Investing. "This contest demonstrates our ongoing commitment to provide self-directed investors with greater value and rewards for their business."

At RBC Direct Investing, investors can qualify for trade commissions as low as $6.95 flat (www.rbcdirectinvesting.com/lowtrades) and have exclusive access to over 40 Series D RBC Funds across a variety of asset classes with significantly lower management fees starting from 0.60 per cent (www.rbcdirectinvesting.com/seriesd).

"With Series D pricing, lower commissions for more clients, and a chance to win $25,000 to invest, we believe RBC Direct Investing offers self-directed investors outstanding value in the online brokerage marketplace," Mr. Coulter added.

The contest is open to new and existing RBC Direct Investing clients and runs between January 2 to March 28, with the winner selected on April 21. Contest details are available at www.rbcdirectinvesting.com/roof.

About RBC Direct Investing
RBC Direct Investing, one of Canada's leading discount brokers, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada. RBC Direct Investing provides leading-edge tools and resources for investors who prefer to manage all or a portion of their investment portfolio. Clients have access to their investments 24/7 online or by phone and can choose from a broad range of investment products including stocks, bonds, GICs, T-bills and over 2,500 mutual funds. Visit our website at www.rbcdirectinvesting.com.

* No purchase necessary. Contest open to residents of Canada only.

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