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Royal Bank of Canada announces impact related to proposed legislative changes to certain insurance policies

All amounts are unaudited and in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.

TORONTO, November 14, 2013 - Royal Bank of Canada (RY: TSX and NYSE) today announced that it expects to record a charge of approximately $160 million before-tax ($118 million after-tax) in its Insurance segment as a result of proposed legislation in Canada, which would affect the policyholders’ tax treatment of certain individual life insurance policies. The proposed legislation was tabled in the House of Commons for first reading on October 22, 2013 (Bill C-4, Economic Action Plan 2013 Act No. 2). The charge is based on current estimates and is subject to change and will be reflected in the results of the fourth quarter ending October 31, 2013.

Under Canadian International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), the present value of the expected profit for a life policy is recognized at the time of sale of the policy. Subsequent to initial recognition, changes in assumptions as a result of updated experience or new regulations impacting life insurance policies are recognized in net income when they occur.

These policies were primarily sold through third-party brokers and RBC is working with them to ensure affected clients understand their choices in light of this proposed legislation. These clients will be offered revised options and RBC expects a substantial portion of existing affected clients to select one of these options.

As a result of the proposed legislation and the introduction of new options for these clients, the expected profit on these amended policies is lower than the expected profits under the old policies, resulting in an increase to Policyholder benefits, claims and acquisition expense.

Royal Bank of Canada will release its fourth quarter and fiscal 2013 results and host an earnings conference call on December 5, 2013.

About RBC and RBC Insurance
Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) is Canada's largest bank as measured by assets and market capitalization, and is among the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America's leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, and investor services and wholesale banking on a global basis. We employ approximately 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 15 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 44 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com.

RBC Insurance, through its operating entities, provides a wide range of travel, life, health, home, auto, wealth and reinsurance products and solutions, as well as creditor and business insurance services, to individual and group clients. RBC Insurance has more than five million clients in Canada and internationally. We are one of the largest Canadian bank-owned insurance group of companies, and among the fastest growing insurance organizations in the country. RBC Insurance has more than 3,200 employees around the globe, with the majority based in Canada. The Canadian head office for RBC Insurance is in Mississauga, Ontario.

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