The Barclays GEMS Asia 8 Exchange Traded Note (ETN) applies the methodology of the Barclays Global Emerging Markets Strategy (GEMS) Asia 8 IndexTM, which reproduces the total return of long-only investing in 1-month synthetic money market deposits in eight Asian currencies. The index strategy is intended to replicate a diversified, multi-national money market strategy in eight Asian emerging market currencies, which include: the Indonesian rupiah, the Indian rupee, the Philippine peso, the South Korean won, the Thai baht, the Malaysian ringgit, the Taiwanese dollar and the Chinese yuan.
Background on NYSE Arca-Listed ETFs and ETNS
As the first fully electronic platform to utilize designated liquidity providers, NYSE Arca sets the national best bid and offer nearly 85% of the time, leading all U.S. exchanges. NYSE Arca remains an established leader in the ETF and ETN marketplace offering investors some of the industry’s fastest and most innovative trading tools to access liquidity. Including today’s listings, NYSE Arca has 272 primary ETF and 80 ETN listings and trades all other eligible ETFs on a UTP basis. In 2007, NYSE Arca added 101 new ETFs and ETNs to its roster of primary listings, including a record 80 IPOs.
Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in retail and commercial banking, credit cards, investment banking, wealth management and investment management services, with an extensive international presence in Europe, the USA, Africa and Asia. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs 147,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for over 42 million customers and clients worldwide.
About NYSE Euronext
NYSE Euronext (NYX) operates the world’s leading and most liquid exchange group, and seeks to provide the highest levels of quality, customer choice and innovation. Its family of exchanges, located in six countries, includes the New York Stock Exchange, the world's largest cash equities market; Euronext, the Eurozone's largest cash equities market; Liffe, Europe's leading derivatives exchange by value of trading; and NYSE Arca Options, one of the fastest growing U.S. options trading platforms. NYSE Euronext offers a diverse array of financial products and services for issuers, investors and financial institutions in cash equities, options and derivatives, ETFs, bonds, market data, and commercial technology solutions. As the world’s largest exchange group by number of listings and market capitalization, NYSE Euronext is home to over 6,400 listed issues representing a combined $26.7 / 17.1€ trillion (as of June 30, 2008) in total global market capitalization, approximately four times that of any other exchange group. NYSE Euronext's equity exchanges transact an average daily trading value of approximately $157.0 /102.7€ billion (as of June 30, 2008), which represents more than one-third of the world's cash equities trading. NYSE Euronext is part of the S&P 500 index and the only exchange operator in the S&P 100 index. For more information and free real-time stock prices for all NYSE-listed securities, please visit www.nyx.com.
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