ISE launches Brazilian-based sector indexes

NEW YORK, December 7, 2010 – The International Securities Exchange (ISE) announced today that it has partnered with Structured Solutions AG, a leading global index service provider and creator of the Solactive index platform, to launch a family of five Brazilian sector indexes. The indexes will track the performance of Brazilian public companies that are active in the consumer products, utilities, financial services, industrial and materials industries. The Solactive-ISE Brazilian indexes hold securities that are domiciled in Brazil and traded on BM&F Bovespa. ISE and Structured Solutions are focused on working with exchange-traded product issuers in Brazil and around the globe to launch innovative Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and structured products on the new family of indexes.

“We are incredibly pleased to partner with Structured Solutions to expand the global reach of ISE’s index business with the launch of this family of unique Brazilian-based sector indexes,” said Kris Monaco, ISE’s

Director of New Product Development. “Brazil is one of the most closely followed emerging markets, and the new Solactive-ISE indexes will provide international and Brazilian-based investors alike with local benchmarks for the largest sectors in the Brazilian economy.”

“We are very glad to enter into a cooperation with ISE. With our new partner we will expand our international presence and offer valuable index concepts for global investors. Brazil is one of the most dynamic countries in the world and is a perfect starting point for our collaboration,” adds Steffen Scheuble, CEO of Structured Solutions.

Additional information on the Solactive-ISE family of indexes is below:

  • The Solactive-ISE Brazil Consumer Products™ Index provides a benchmark for investors interested in tracking public companies that are domiciled in Brazil and active in the consumer products industry. Component securities must be actively engaged in certain aspects of the consumer products industry, including automobiles, consumer durables, non-durables, media and/or retailing. The Index uses a linear weighting methodology that is based on capitalization scoring for the group of companies, which prevents a few large component stocks from dominating the index while allowing smaller companies to adequately influence index performance.
  • The Solactive-ISE Brazil Utilities™ Index provides a benchmark for investors interested in tracking public companies that are active in the Brazilian utilities industry. Component securities must be actively engaged in certain aspects of the utilities industry, such as the distribution of electricity and/or natural gas. The Index uses a linear weighting methodology that is based on capitalization scoring for the group of companies.
  • The Solactive-ISE Brazil Financials™ Index provides a benchmark for investors interested in tracking public companies that are domiciled in Brazil and active in the financial services industry. Component securities must be actively engaged in certain aspects of the financial services industry, such as banking, brokerage and/or investment management. The Index uses a linear weighting methodology that is based on capitalization scoring for the group of companies.
  • The Solactive-ISE Brazil Industrials™ Index provides a benchmark for investors interested in tracking public companies that are domiciled in Brazil and active in the industrial sector. Component securities must be actively engaged in certain aspects of the industrial sector, such as aerospace, construction and/or transportation. The Index uses a modified market capitalization-weighted methodology to create a more uniform weight distribution.
  • The Solactive-ISE Brazil Materials™ Index provides a benchmark for investors interested in tracking public companies that are domiciled in Brazil and active in the materials industry. Component securities must be actively engaged in certain aspects of the materials sector, including metals and mining, chemicals, and/or containers and packaging. The Index uses a modified market capitalization-weighted methodology for the group of companies. Historical index values and real-time pricing information on the new indexes are available on Bloomberg and Reuters. Price level and total return identifiers for each index are found in the table below.

For more information about the family of Solactive-ISE Brazil indexes, or ISE’s entire suite of index products, visit ISE’s website at www.ise.com/index.

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