S&P Dow Jones Indices, TMX Group Launch Preferred Share Laddered and Equal Weight Sector Indices

Indices Licensed to BMO Asset Management for the Development of ETFs

TORONTO, Nov. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - S&P Dow Jones Indices and TMX Group Inc. announced today the launch of three new Canadian indices: the S&P/TSX Preferred Share Laddered index, the S&P/TSX Equal Weight Global Gold index and the S&P/TSX Equal Weight Industrials index. Each of the indices has been licensed by S&P Dow Jones Indices to BMO Asset Management for potential exchange traded products to be listed on Toronto Stock Exchange.

The S&P/TSX Preferred Share Laddered index was created in response to investors' ongoing demand for income producing securities. The S&P/TSX Equal Weight Global Gold index is a sub-index of the S&P/TSX Global Gold index and includes constituents that meet specific market cap and liquidity hurdles. The S&P/TSX Equal Weight Industrials index includes the constituent stocks of the S&P/TSX Composite that are classified as Industrials according to the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®) that also meet specific market capitalization and liquidity hurdles.

"We are excited to announce these three new additions to the S&P/TSX family of Preferred Share and Equal Weight indices," says Abigail Etches, Director at S&P Dow Jones Indices. "Canadian investors are increasingly looking for industry specific indices that are liquid enough to serve as the basis for investment products and relevant enough to serve as key benchmarks of performance. These indices are unique in that they offer investors an additional means of measuring these segments of the market while potentially offering an additional means for diversifying their portfolio."

"BMO Asset Management is committed to offering innovative exposure to the leading segments of the market through exchange traded funds," said Kevin Gopaul, Chief Investment Officer and Senior Vice President, BMO Asset Management Inc. "We're thrilled to be once again partnering with S&P Dow Jones and TMX Group, global leaders in indexing, to provide investors with more insight and choice." 

For more information on all three indices and other Preferred Share or Sector indices, please visit www.spindices.com.

About S&P Dow Jones Indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a subsidiary of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., is the world's largest, global resource for index-based concepts, data and research. Home to iconic financial market indicators, such as the S&P 500® and the Dow Jones Industrial AverageSM, S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC has over 115 years of experience constructing innovative and transparent solutions that fulfill the needs of institutional and retail investors. More assets are invested in products based upon our indices than any other provider in the world. With over 830,000 indices covering a wide range of assets classes across the globe, S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC defines the way investors measure and trade the markets. To learn more about our company, please visit www.spdji.com.

Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC ("S&P"), a subsidiary of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC ("Dow Jones").  These trademarks have been licensed to S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, Dow Jones, S&P and their respective affiliates (collectively "S&P Dow Jones Indices") do not sponsor, endorse, sell, or promote any investment fund or other investment vehicle that is offered by third parties and that seeks to provide an investment return based on the performance of any index. This document does not constitute an offer of services in jurisdictions where S&P Dow Jones Indices does not have the necessary licenses. S&P Dow Jones Indices receives compensation in connection with licensing its indices to third parties.

About TMX Group (TSX-X)
TMX Group's key subsidiaries operate cash and derivative markets for multiple asset classes including equities, fixed income and energy. Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange, TMX Select, Alpha Group, The Canadian Depository for Securities, Montreal Exchange, Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation, Natural Gas Exchange, Boston Options Exchange, Shorcan, Shorcan Energy Brokers, Equicom and other TMX Group companies provide listing markets, trading markets, clearing facilities, data products and other services to the global financial community.  TMX Group is headquartered in Toronto and operates offices across Canada (Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver), in key U.S. markets (New York, Houston, Boston and Chicago) as well as in London, Beijing and Sydney.  For more information about TMX Group, visit our website at www.tmx.com.  Follow TMX Group on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tmxgroup.

SOURCE: Standard & Poor's Canadian Index Operations

For further information:

David R. Guarino
S&P Dow Jones Indices
Communications
212-438-1471
dave_guarino@spdji.com 

Abigail Etches
S&P Dow Jones Indices
Canadian Indices
416-507-3203
abigail_etches@spdji.com 

Carolyn Quick
TMX Group
Communications
416-947-4597
carolyn.quick@tmx.com