NO 229 – MARCH 2012
Investing in long term growth of SMEs

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WFE Focus January 2012

Australian Securities Exchange introduces daily home value index
On 1 March 2012, the Australian Securities Exchange, in conjunction with national property data and analytics group RP Data and property research group Rismark International, launched the RP Data-Rismark Daily Home Value index. Designed to be a tradable index, it will replace the current monthly RP Data-Rismark Home Value index, and provide the most up-to-date and sophisticated measure of value movements across the Australian housing market. 

Bombay Stock Exchange launches green index
On 22 February 2012, the Bombay Stock Exchange, in association with gTrade, launched its first live carbon index, the BSE-GREENEX. It has been constructed by BSE and designed specifically to promote green investing, with emphasis on financial performance and long term viability of companies. It is based upon purely quantitative and objective performance signals to assess carbon performance. BSE-GREENEX includes top 20 companies based on green house gas numbers, free float market capitalization and turnover.

NASDAQ OMX introduces equity-based indexes to track commodity prices
The NASDAQ OMX Group, in cooperation with Axioma, launched a new family of indexes that use equities to provide exposure to the spot prices of commodities. The NASDAQ Axioma indexes offer an efficient way for portfolio managers to better match their returns with those of the overall oil, gold and agricultural markets.

Qatar Exchange expands range of indices
Qatar Exchange launched a number of new equity indices to complement the existing QE Index. The new indices will be launched on 1 April 2012.  A total return version of the QE index will be disseminated in real time. It will measure price performance and income from dividends, thus representing the total return earned in a portfolio tracking the underlying price index. QE will also introduce All Share and sector indices, a series that will provide investors with an overall market benchmark and enhanced tools to evaluate sector performance in real time.

Wiener Börse launches short and leverage indices
On 28 February 2012, Wiener Börse launched new short and leverage indices, and enlarged its existing index portfolio. Leverage indices are based on an existing index and achieve a leverage effect by applying a leverage factor to the development of the reference index. This leverage function means that the index participates in both positive and negative movements in the daily performance of the reference index. The newly introduced indices are based on the following indices: ATX (Austrian Traded Index), CECE EUR, and RDX EUR (Russian Depositary Index).

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