NEW YORK, March 28, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) today announced that The NASDAQ Stock Market has listed two new exchange-traded funds (ETFs) sponsored by Barclays Global Investors, N.A. (BGI) -- the world's largest ETF provider. NASDAQ is the most liquid U.S. market for ETFs, capturing 39.0% of all U.S. ETF volume in February. Matched volume was 8.1 billion, more than any other U.S. exchange.
The BGI-sponsored ETFs are trading on the NASDAQ ETF Market. This market is designed specifically to support ETFs and Index Linked Notes (ILNs) during their critical period of incubation and further strengthen NASDAQ's leadership position in the U.S. ETF sector.
Effective today, the following BGI-sponsored ETFs listed on NASDAQ:
* iShares MSCI ACWI Index Fund (Nasdaq:ACWI) * iShares MSCI ACWI ex US Index Fund (Nasdaq:ACWX)
"We are pleased to list these new iShares ETFs on NASDAQ," said Noel Archard, Head of iShares Product Development. "These new products give investors exposure to a broad range of international economies, and are trading on a market designed specifically for them."
The focus of The NASDAQ ETF Market is the Designated Liquidity Provider, a Market Maker who has been selected to maintain liquidity in qualified ETFs (i.e., Qualified Securities). NASDAQ requires Designated Liquidity Providers to maintain a higher standard of market quality measured by spread, depth, and time quoting at or near the National Best Bid and Offer (NBBO). They receive price incentives to support ETFs during their period of initial listing, when ETFs need to develop more active trading.
Designated Liquidity Providers are selected by NASDAQ based on factors including experience with making markets in ETFs and ILNs, adequacy of capital, willingness to promote NASDAQ as a marketplace, issuer preference, operational capacity, support personnel, and history of adherence to NASDAQ rules and securities laws.
The NASDAQ ETF Market allows the traditional floor-based specialist, which has historically provided initial liquidity to new ETFs, to play a similar role by placing two-sided quotes in the NASDAQ Market Center. This enables ETF sponsors to continue to have the ability to develop "preferred" relationships with intermediaries. ETF issuers may choose a single Designated Liquidity Provider or multiple, competing liquidity providers. This flexible structure enables ETF issuers and traders to interact based on the needs of the issuer as they vary throughout the life cycle of the ETF.
NASDAQ OMX is a leading index calculator, designer and creator of some of the world's most popular ETFs, including PowerShares QQQ(tm) (Nasdaq:QQQQ) -- one of the most heavily traded listed equity securities in the U.S. and one of the most active ETFs in the world. PowerShares QQQ is designed to correspond to the price and yield performance of the NASDAQ-100 Index(r), the basis of more than 500 investment products in more than 36 countries.
For more information about the NASDAQ ETF Market, please contact Richard Keary, NASDAQ New Listings, at 212.401.8903 or firstname.lastname@example.org or NASDAQ Market Sales at 800.846.0047 or email@example.com.
For more information about BGI's iShares ETFs, please visit www.ishares.com.
About NASDAQ OMX Financial Products
NASDAQ OMX Financial Products (NOFP) is engaged in the design, development, calculation, licensing, and marketing of NASDAQ OMX indexes. NOFP specializes in the development of indexes focusing on NASDAQ OMX's brand themes of innovation, technology, growth, and globalization. NOFP also provides custom index services and design solutions as a third-party provider to selected financial organizations. For more information about NASDAQ OMX indexes, visit www.nasdaq.com/indexes.
About NASDAQ OMX
The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. is the world's broadest and most diverse exchange company. It delivers trading, exchange technology, and public company services across six continents, and with over 3,900 companies, it is number one in worldwide listings among major markets. NASDAQ OMX offers multiple capital raising solutions to companies around the globe, including its U.S. listings market; the OMX Nordic Exchange, including First North; and the 144A PORTAL Market. The company offers trading across multiple asset classes including equities, derivatives, debt, commodities, structured products, and ETFs. NASDAQ OMX technology supports the operations of over 60 exchanges, clearing organizations and central securities depositories in more than 50 countries. OMX Nordic Exchange is not a legal entity but describes the common offering from NASDAQ OMX exchanges in Helsinki, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Iceland, Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius. For more information about NASDAQ OMX, visit www.nasdaqomx.com.
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