MTS Licences Lyxor for MTS Italy – Treasury BOT 6M Index

  • Lyxor to list new ETF tracking new index
  • New index composed of short term debt instruments – BOTs – issued by the Italian government
  • Transparency of methodology and accuracy of index calculation meets highest industry standards

MTS, Europe’s premier facilitator for the European fixed income market, today announced that it has granted a licence to Lyxor to create ETFs based on its MTS Italy – Treasury BOT 6 Months Index.

The new index is composed of short term debt instruments – BOTs – issued by the Italian government, with minimum maturities of two months, leading to a targeted average duration of components of approximately six months.

Francois Millet, Product Line Manager - ETF & Index Funds at Lyxor said: “MTS Indices continue to develop benchmark tools for investors. We are pleased to launch a new ETF tracking the new MTS Italy – Treasury six months index, which will offer investors access to short-term debt instruments issued by the Italian government.”

Fabrizio Testa, Head of Product Development, MTS, said: “We are delighted that Lyxor has again chosen to create ETFs based on MTS Indices. By launching this index, MTS is responding to investors demand for tools allowing to run more granular analysis in terms of target duration. The transparency of the MTS methodology and the accuracy of the index calculation meet the highest industry standards.”

The LYXOR ETF BOT 6M is listed on Euronext from 19 December 2012 with a listing on Borsa Italiana to follow in early 2013.
The MTS Italy – Treasury BOT 6 Months Index will be published in real time, with two daily fixings, at 11:00 CET and 17:30 CET and it will be rebalanced weekly. All MTS Indices are calculated and published in real time. They are freely available on the website www.mtsindices.com and through major data vendors.

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About EuroMTS Indices:

The EuroMTS Index family is the first range of independent, transparent, real-time and tradable eurozone fixed-income indices designed for the international investment community. The EuroMTS Indices range consists of the EuroMTS Global Index and its maturity bands, the EuroMTS Inflation-Linked Indices range, composed of eurozone sovereign inflation-linked bonds, the EuroMTS Government Broad Index and its country sub-indices, the EuroMTS Short Broad Index, the EuroMTS Highest-Rated Indices, the EuroMTS Government Bills Index, the EuroMTS Covered Bond Index and the EuroMTS Deposit Indices (which include the EuroMTS Eonia Indices and the EuroMTS FedFunds Indices).

The EuroMTS bond indices are calculated and disseminated in real-time between 9:00CET and 1730CET, using bid prices of the underlying bonds trading on the MTS market. MTS is the leading market in Europe for the trading of fixed-income securities. The indices are produced and published by EuroMTS and are commercialised by MTSNext. They are available on www.mtsindices.com, and through a number of market data vendors such as Reuters (euromtsindex <GO>) and Bloomberg (EMTI <GO>). EuroMTS Indices are currently tracked by 36 ETFs and benchmarked by more than four hundred billion euros in managed funds.

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