FTSE creates new investment tools supporting global shift towards a low carbon economy Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong, London and New York, 15th June 2009: FTSE Group (“FTSE”), the global index provider today announces the launch of new capital investment tools to help investors identify and gain exposure to the rapidly growing environmental technology sector. The pioneering move comes at a time when climate change and environmental concerns are at a global high and clean technology opportunities are of increasing interest to investors worldwide. Climate change is a key issue on political agendas across the globe, in turn creating new investment opportunities in low carbon sectors. The new tools aim to support global capital markets’ response to developing a low carbon economy. They include the world’s first global environmental markets industry classification system, designed to allow companies to be classified by sector and sub sector according to the environmental products and services they provide. In addition, seven new equity indices which use the new environmental markets classification have also been created. The introduction of the classification system allows those companies who provide essential environmental products, activities and services, to be identified more easily, facilitating a peer to peer comparison on a global, regional and pan-regional basis. The system also provides a basis for the creation of sector based investment products such as ETFs, mutual funds and derivatives products. The seven new indices cover the following markets: FTSE Environmental Opportunities UK Index FTSE Environmental Opportunities UK AIM Index FTSE Environmental Opportunities US Index FTSE Environmental Opportunities Japan Index FTSE Environmental Opportunities Europe Index FTSE Environmental Opportunities Asia Pacific Index FTSE Environmental Opportunities Asia Pacific ex Japan Index Donald Keith Deputy CEO, FTSE Group commented “FTSE is proud to provide investors across the globe with tools to guide their investment decisions in the exciting growth area of environmental markets. As a proven leader in indexing, we aim to continue to provide innovative products that enable investors to assess and analyse markets with accuracy and precision” Additional information: For more information please contact: FTSE Group New York Jill Mathers, Tel: + 1 212 641 6166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org London Sabrina Bhangoo or Mittal Dave, Tel: + 44 207 866 1821 or email email@example.com Hong Kong Meredith Blakemore or Emily Mok, Tel: + 852 2230 5800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Tokyo Stewart Ueno, Tel: +81 3 35 81 3444 or email email@example.com Australia Natalie Brooke, Tel: +61 2 92 93 2867 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Notes to Editors About FTSE Group FTSE Group (“FTSE”) is a world-leader in the creation and management of indexes. With offices in Boston, Beijing, London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Madrid, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Sydney, Shanghai and Tokyo, FTSE works with investors in 77 countries globally. It calculates and manages a comprehensive range of equity, fixed income, real estate and investment strategy indices, on both a standard and custom basis. The company has collaborative arrangements with a number of stock exchanges, trade bodies and asset class specialists around the world. FTSE indexes are used extensively by investors world-wide for investment analysis, performance measurement, asset allocation, portfolio hedging and for creating a wide range of index tracking funds.
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