Standard & Poor's Market Access Program is now available to Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange issuers seeking to broaden the position of their stock within the U.S. retail marketplace



    TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - TMX Group Inc. announced today that Standard &
Poor's Market Access Program will now be one of the fee-based services offered
to Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange issuers. Designed for
issuers on both exchanges who qualify and who are not also listed on a U.S.
exchange (NYSE, Nasdaq or Amex), this program includes a listing in Standard &
Poor's Corporation Records, a recognized securities manual that can facilitate
secondary trading in up to 38 states under their Blue Sky Laws.
    "The Market Access Program can significantly improve a company's ability
to reach U.S. retail investors and enable many U.S. investors to give further
consideration to these Canadian listed securities," said Richard Nadeau,
Senior Vice President, Toronto Stock Exchange. Larry Neal, Executive Managing
Director of Standard & Poor's Equity Research added: "We are pleased Toronto
Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange are offering Canadian companies the
opportunity to reach U.S. financial advisors through S&P's Market Access
Program."
    Publication in a recognized manual such as Standard & Poor's Corporate
Records may provide an issuer with an exemption from state registration where
applicable. Manual exemption (or Blue Sky exemption) can be viewed as an
alternative to inter-listing on a U.S. exchange or pursuing state-by-state
registration in order for brokers to legally solicit/recommend securities to
their clients.
    The company information made available through the Market Access Program
includes an S&P narrative description, share price, volume, dividends, shares
outstanding, company financial position and earnings. Profiles are available
on Standard & Poor's proprietary internet-based research platforms, which are
used by more than 100,000 investment advisors. A "print friendly" version of
Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange companies included in S&P's
Market Access Program will also be available on www.tsx.com.

    
    About TMX Group (TSX-X)
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    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, Montreal Exchange, Natural Gas Exchange,
Boston Options Exchange (BOX), Shorcan, Equicom and other TMX Group companies
provide trading markets, clearing facilities, data products and other services
to the global financial community. TMX Group is headquartered in Toronto with
offices in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. For more information about TMX
Group, visit our website at www.tsx.com.




For further information:

For further information: Carolyn Quick, Director, Corporate
Communications, TMX Group, (416) 947-4597, carolyn.quick@tsx.com; Michael
Privitera, Standard & Poors, (212) 438-6679,
michael_privitera@standardandpoors.com


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