ISE Strengthens Focus On ETF And Index Development With Introduction Of ISE ETF Ventures

etf-news6The International Securities Exchange (ISE) today announced that its new product development group will now be known as ISE ETF Ventures. The new name reflects the group’s evolving focus and expanded capabilities in the ETF area. With ISE ETF Ventures, ISE has moved beyond its established expertise in index development to offer partner firms a full suite of capabilities to support the launch of new ETFs. In addition to index conceptualization and development, ISE ETF Ventures can assist in bringing new ETFs to market through capital commitment, business development, and marketing support.  By offering a wide range of capabilities and flexible approach, ISE ETF Ventures is well positioned as a valuable partner of leading ETF and ETN issuers, industry service providers, as well as new entrants to the ETF landscape such as AlphaClone and PureFunds.

“With ISE’s notable expansion in the ETF business, the ISE ETF Ventures brand represents the team’s evolution from a sole focus on index development to a much broader suite of capabilities and partnership opportunities in the ETF space,” said Gary Katz, President and Chief Executive Officer of ISE. “This group will further tap into the thriving exchange traded products market while contributing to the innovative values and continuous advancement of the company brand.”

Kris Monaco, Head of the ISE ETF Ventures team added, “We look forward to committing our expertise, our network, and our capital to expand ISE’s activity in the industry. ISE is confident that the direction of this team will strengthen our existing relationships and also allow us to introduce new participants to the industry.”

ISE ETF Ventures will continue to grow its partnerships with issuers to launch unique investment vehicles, including ETFs, exchange traded notes (ETNs), and other exchange traded products while also providing financial support for certain new products. ISE currently has a portfolio of over 30 proprietary indexes with 19 exchange-traded products based on them. To learn more about ISE ETF Ventures, please visit www.ise.com/etfventures.

About ISE ETF Ventures

The ISE ETF Ventures team is dedicated to creating and supporting innovative indexes that track growing industries, emerging technologies and markets, and packaged trading strategies. Their index design expertise includes a diverse range of asset classes and instrument types including global equities, fixed income, currencies, futures and options. ISE ETF Ventures partners with issuers to launch unique exchange traded products (ETPs) such as exchange traded funds (ETFs), exchange traded notes (ETNs) and other similar product types. They also provide capital for the start-up and ongoing backstopping of new ETPs. Partners are able to leverage ISE’s global experience and broad network of industry participants in order to grow their ETP presence as well as reduce risk and increase product issuance.

As part of the International Securities Exchange (ISE), a leading U.S. options exchange, ISE ETF Ventures’ indexing experts are nimble, flexible and entrepreneurial with a track record of creating distinctive, out-of-the-box ideas. ISE currently has a portfolio of over 30 proprietary indexes with approximately 20 ETPs based on them.

Learn more at www.ise.com/etfventures.

About ISE
The International Securities Exchange (ISE) operates a leading U.S. options exchange and offers options trading on over 2,000 underlying equity, ETF, index, and FX products. As the first all-electronic options exchange in the U.S., ISE transformed the options industry by creating efficient markets through innovative market structure and technology. Regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and a member-owner of OCC, ISE provides investors with a transparent marketplace for price and liquidity discovery on centrally cleared options products. ISE continues to expand its marketplace through the ongoing development of enhanced trading functionality, new products, and market data services. As a complement to its options business, ISE has expanded its reach into multiple asset classes through strategic investments in financial marketplaces and services that foster technology innovation and market efficiency. Through minority investments, ISE participates in the securities lending and equities markets. ISE also licenses its proprietary Longitude technology for trading in event-driven markets.

As a member of Eurex Group, ISE is combined with Eurex Exchange to form one of the largest transatlantic derivatives marketplaces, with daily trading volumes exceeding 10 million contracts in 2011 across a growing range of asset classes.

Eurex Group is comprised of Eurex Exchange, the International Securities Exchange, the European Energy Exchange, Eurex Clearing, Eurex Bonds and Eurex Repo.

Eurex Group is owned by Deutsche Börse AG (Xetra: DB1).

For more information, visit www.ise.com.

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