Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. added as a Founding Participant to PC-Bond

    Becomes a participant to the PC-Bond Canadian Fixed Income Indices

    TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - TSX Inc.'s wholly owned subsidiary, PC-Bond(*) is
pleased to announce today that Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. has signed on as a
pricing participant for the PC-Bond Canadian Fixed Income Indices. PC-Bond is
the leading provider of Canadian fixed income benchmarks, analytics and
performance measurement.
    "We are seeing rapid growth and acceptance to the PC-Bond analytics and
index platform," said Richard Nesbitt, TSX Group CEO. "Merrill Lynch Canada
Inc. adds fixed income expertise and enhances the quality of our product
offering and this helps benefit the entire investment community."
    As a Founding Participant, Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. will help provide a
broad range of fixed income securities pricing to PC-Bond for inclusion into
PC-Bond products such as the Universe Bond Index, Canada's leading fixed
income index used by 95% of buy-side participants, and the recently launched
Universe + Maple Bond Index.

    PC Bond is Canada's leading provider of Fixed Income Indices. With
approximately 1,000 issues and a total market value of over C$660 billion, the
Universe Bond Index broadly represents the market performance of
investment-grade bonds issued by Canadian companies and issuers in the
government sector.
    All indices summary data and methodology can be found on the PC-Bond web
site, at:

    (*)PC-Bond is registered to 2099242 Ontario Inc., a subsidiary of TSX
    Group Inc.

    Information About Merrill Lynch

    Merrill Lynch is one of the world's leading wealth management, capital
markets and advisory companies, with offices in 38 countries and territories
and total client assets of approximately $1.7 trillion. As an investment bank,
it is a leading global trader and underwriter of securities and derivatives
across a broad range of asset classes and serves as a strategic advisor to
corporations, governments, institutions and individuals worldwide. Merrill
Lynch owns approximately half of BlackRock, one of the world's largest
publicly traded investment management companies, with more than $1 trillion in
assets under management. For more information on Merrill Lynch, please visit

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