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NYSE Liffe U.S. and MSCI Extend Index Licensing Agreement
-Continues NYSE Liffe U.S.’s Successful MSCI-Linked Futures Franchise
-YTD 2013 mini MSCI ADV up 101% over Q1 2012 with 280,000 in Open Interest
-New Volume and OI Records in 2013

New York, March 18, 2013 – NYSE Liffe U.S., the innovative U.S. futures exchange of NYSE Euronext (NYX), today announced that it has signed a license amendment with MSCI (NYSE:MSCI), a leading provider of investment decision support tools worldwide, to continue its success in expanding the coverage of its suite of domestic and international index futures products on MSCI equity indices through November 1, 2021. On the heels of a record-setting year in 2012 and continued momentum in 2013, the mini MSCI futures complex reached a single day record volume of 172,181 contracts on March 8th.   YTD through March 15, 2013, mini MSCI futures on NYSE Liffe U.S. are trading at an all-time record of 28,000 contracts daily, up 101% vs. Q1 2012 and up 45% vs. full year 2012. Open Interest in mini MSCI futures contracts also stands at 280,000, up 109% vs. end of Q1 2012 and up 20% since year-end 2012.  With 26 Block trades at Index Close (BIC) trades in March 2013 alone, NYSE Liffe U.S. has surpassed $15 billion in notional value for BIC trading on 567 block transactions.

“When we first began our relationship with MSCI in 2009, we envisioned building a suite of innovative futures products to serve the investment and hedging needs of global equity market participants managing the trillions of dollars estimated to be benchmarked to MSCI indices[1],” said Tom Callahan, CEO, NYSE Liffe U.S.  “Since then, with extraordinary support from our global customers, we’ve developed a comprehensive product portfolio and wholesale trading facilities that continue to reach new record highs in trading volume, open interest and participation from a diverse range of global market participants, making NYSE Liffe U.S. the most liquid destination for futures based on MSCI indices.”

”This latest agreement reflects not only NYSE Liffe U.S.’s role in the substantial growth in the derivatives markets globally but also the continued and growing use of MSCI indices as the benchmark of choice,” said Baer Pettit, Managing Director and Global Head of the MSCI Index Business. “We look forward to continuing to work with them as they further develop their product suite.”

These 2013 records build upon the significant growth in 2012 when mini MSCI Index Futures traded a record Average Daily Volume (ADV) of 19,220, up 68% from 2011.   Led by consistently growing trading volume in MSCI Emerging Markets and MSCI EAFE during 2012, NYSE Liffe U.S. experienced record year-over-year volume gains of 87% and 43% in those products, respectively.  Open Interest in the contracts closed out 2012 at 233,752 contracts, up 113% from year-end 2011.

In May 2009, NYSE Liffe U.S. signed its original license agreement with MSCI to offer a broad suite of domestic and international index futures products built on a range of MSCI equity indices.   These indices include flagship MSCI indices like the MSCI Emerging Markets (EM) and MSCI EAFE indices as well as the recently launched mini MSCI Canada, mini MSCI Emerging Markets Latin America and mini MSCI World indices.   MSCI calculates over 150,000 equity indices daily as part of a diverse index portfolio including broad and efficient market coverage of U.S. and European equity markets.   MSCI indices are recognized and used by leading asset managers around the world.

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About NYSE Liffe U.S.
A unit of NYSE Euronext, NYSE Liffe U.S. is a partnership with six leading market participants, Citadel Securities, DRW Ventures LLC (an affiliate of DRW Trading Group), GETCO, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and UBS.  It is a global, multi-asset class futures exchange trading a diverse range of products, including the successful Eurodollar and U.S. Treasury interest rate products, a suite of MSCI-based futures, liquid precious metals contracts and contracts based on the DTCC GCF Repo IndexTM.  NYSE Liffe U.S. utilizes the proven LIFFE CONNECT® trading platform designed and maintained by NYSE Technologies that matched approximately 3.7 million contracts per day on the NYSE Liffe markets in Europe in 2012.  The exchange offers a wide range of global connectivity options allowing members to efficiently transact on the platform in a highly cost efficient manner.  For more information, please visit

NYSE Liffe U.S. was named 2012 ‘Exchange of the Year’ by Risk Magazine and its innovative DTCC GCF Repo Index® futures were awarded 2012 ‘New Contract of the Year’ for Interest Rates by Futures and Options Week (FOW) Magazine.

MSCI and the MSCI Index names are service marks of MSCI Inc. (“MSCI”) or its affiliates and have been licensed for use by NYSE Liffe US LLC. Futures contracts on any MSCI Index (“Contracts”) are not sponsored, guaranteed or endorsed by MSCI, its affiliates or any other party involved in, or related to, making or compiling such MSCI Index. Neither MSCI, its affiliates nor any other party involved in, or related to, making or compiling any MSCI Index makes any representations regarding the advisability of investing in such Contracts. Neither MSCI, its affiliates nor any other party involved in, or related to, making or compiling any MSCI Index makes any warranty, express or implied, or bears any liability as to the results to be obtained by any person or any entity from the use of any such MSCI Index or any data included therein. No purchaser, seller or holder of this security, or any other person or entity, should use or refer to any MSCI trade name, trademark or service mark to sponsor, endorse, market or promote this security without first contacting MSCI to determine whether MSCI’s permission is required.

[1] Nearly $7 trillion benchmarked to MSCI indices as of September 30, 2012, as published by eVestment, Lipper and Bloomberg on January 31, 2013

Contact: Eric Ryan
Phone: 212.656.2411