New York, March 30, 2006 – As part of its commitment to increase transparency in the NYSE-traded fixed income market, the Exchange today introduced a series of innovative online features to its public website, nyse.com, that provide public investors convenient and significantly improved access to information and pricing for bonds traded through the Automated Bond System (ABS). This new set of investor tools from the NYSE includes enhanced data tables, issue categorization, and sorting mechanisms previously unavailable in the broader fixed income market.
In addition to the new directory of bonds sorted by name, symbol and issue type, investors now have the ability to view the most actively traded issues from the prior day, download a detailed daily bond summary archived by date, and explore a glossary of bond-related terms that provide explanations of key words and phrases. The addition of these features gives the investing public a central resource for all fixed income instruments traded by NYSE member firm subscribers using the ABS platform.
ABS is an electronic bond-trading platform accessible to member firm subscribers through the Internet. Primarily serving retail trading in corporate bonds, the NYSE’s Automated Bond System maintains and matches orders on a strict price and time priority basis, and reports quotations and trade prices on an absolute real-time basis.
Bonds traded through ABS include debt of NYSE equity issuers and their wholly owned subsidiaries, convertible bonds and debt not required to be registered under the Exchange Act, including U.S. government bonds, agency issues, international banks, and state and local bonds.
Please visit http://www.nyse.com/bonds for information.
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