Largest Ever Set of Original ETF Listings on the NYSE
WisdomTree Lists 20 New ETFs on the NYSE
NEW YORK , June 16, 2006 – NYSE Group, Inc. (NYSE: NYX) announced today that 20 original listings of WisdomTree ETFs began trading on the NYSE. As the first family of fundamentally-weighted dividend-based ETFs, the WisdomTree Domestic and International Equity Funds are based on proprietary Indexes developed by WisdomTree Investments. These Indexes cover major U.S. and international market capitalizations and determine component weight by the amount of ordinary cash dividends a company pays.
“The NYSE is proud to add these new WisdomTree listings to our growing family of NYSE listed ETFs,” said Catherine R. Kinney, NYSE Group President and co-COO. “The WisdomTree listings further underscore our commitment to offering investors the most innovative new investment options with the superior pricing and market quality associated with the NYSE. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with WisdomTree.”
The WisdomTree Indexes weight companies in each Index based on their contribution to the dividend stream available to investors. The WisdomTree Indexes create a global, investable index family that scales for the size of the firm paying the dividend.
Under the leadership of founder & CEO, Jonathan Steinberg, WisdomTree Investments has assembled a seasoned and highly accomplished executive management team and board of directors that includes hedge fund legend Michael Steinhardt, who serves as the company’s Chairman, renowned Wharton professor Jeremy Siegel, the company’s Senior Investment Strategy Advisor; and President & Chief Operating Officer Bruce Lavine, who served as a key member of the iShares ETF unit since its inception.
The addition of these 20 WisdomTree products brings the NYSE Group’s total primary listings for ETFs and related products to 94. Combined with 270 ETFs trading on an unlisted trading privilege basis (UTP), year-to-date the NYSE Group trades 38% of all ETF shares traded in U.S. market.
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About NYSE Group, Inc.
NYSE Group, Inc. (NYSE:NYX) operates two securities exchanges: the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) and NYSE Arca (formerly known as the Archipelago Exchange, or ArcaEx®, and the Pacific Exchange). NYSE Group is a leading provider of securities listing, trading and market data products and services. The NYSE is the world’s largest and most liquid cash equities exchange. The NYSE provides a reliable, orderly, liquid and efficient marketplace where investors buy and sell listed companies’ common stock and other securities. Our listed operating companies represent a total global market capitalization of over $22.9 trillion. In the first quarter 2006, on an average trading day, over 1.7 billion shares, valued at over $65 billion, were traded on the NYSE.
NYSE Arca operates the first open, all-electronic stock exchange in the United States and has a leading position in trading exchange-traded funds and exchange-listed securities. NYSE Arca is also an exchange for trading equity options. NYSE Arca’s trading platform links traders to multiple U.S. market centers and provide customers with fast electronic execution and open, direct and anonymous market access.
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