FTSE Group and Borsa Italiana build on the success of the FTSE Italia Index Series with further indices

FTSE Group and Borsa Italiana build on the success of the FTSE Italia Index Series with further indices

29/01/10

FTSE Group (“FTSE”), the award winning global index provider and Borsa Italiana, part of the London Stock Exchange Group, today announces the launch of two new indices for use in the Italian domestic market, following the successful introduction of the FTSE Italia Index Series introduced last year. The indices - the FTSE MIB Dividend Index and the FTSE Italia All-Share Capped Index -form part of the growing range of index solutions available to institutional and retail investors in Italy and worldwide.

The launch of the FTSE MIB Dividend Index comes closely after the transition to FTSE of Borsa Italiana’s blue chip index. The new index represents the cumulative value of ordinary dividends paid by constituents of the underlying FTSE MIB Index. The index is primarily designed to be used as the basis for derivatives, tracker funds, ETFs and other structured products.

The FTSE Italia All-Share Capped Index represents the performance of Italian companies listed on Borsa Italiana’s MTA (electronic shares) market, providing investors with a comprehensive measure of the performance of the major industry segments of the market. Investors can now benefit from an index where constituents are capped at the time of the quarterly reviews to reduce concentration of over-weighted constituents.

The new indices follow the transparent rules driven methodology that is expected of FTSE by international investors, including the application of a liquidity screen and a minimum free float level. In addition, the indices will be reviewed quarterly.

Mark Makepeace, Chief Executive, FTSE Group comments “FTSE’s aim is to widen the range of indices available to both Italian and international investors. These two new indices are designed to underpin domestic financial products such as derivatives contracts, ETFs, tracker funds and structured products. ”

Raffaele Jerusalmi, Director of Capital Markets, London Stock Exchange Group said “The FTSE MIB Dividend index gives greater transparency of the dividend component of the FTSE MIB index, supporting risk management activity. It also represents a benchmark for the development of new products available on IDEM."

For more information on the index series please visit www.ftse.com/italia