29/07/2008 Announced today the launch of a new ETF focusing on Kuwait.

The first ETF to focus on the Gulf region, offering the ability to access the Kuwait market through one single share traded on the London Stock Exchange…

The Lyxor ETF Kuwait (FTSE Coast Kuwait 40), (Bloomberg code: LKUW), is the first to focus on the Gulf region, offering the ability to access the Kuwait market through one single share traded on the London Stock Exchange with a highly attractive total expense ratio of 0.65%.

Sulaiman T. Al-Abduljader, Vice President, Corporate Finance and Investment Services Group, Coast Investment & Development Company said: “We are delighted to collaborate with Lyxor in launching the FTSE Coast Kuwait 40 ETF.

For the first time, UK and global institutional investors will have direct access to the Kuwait stock market, one of the best performing and stable markets in the Middle East. While performance has been strong (up 600% since 2000), the fundamental and economic indicators reveal strong potential for growth in the near and medium terms for investors. Empirical analysis also shows the diversification benefits the Kuwaiti market provides to a global equity portfolio making the Kuwait ETF an attractive proposition for international and local investors. With the ETF, investors are assured independence, transparency and an internationally recognised product with direct exposure to the growing region.“

Strong performance

The new ETF will be linked to the FTSE Coast Kuwait 40 Index, which is representative of the Kuwaiti market. The Index is calculated by FTSE on behalf of Coast Investment and Development Company and was established in February 2007. Its constituents are chosen based on free-float market capitalisation and liquidity and as of end-June 2008, its year-to-date performance was positive (+3.43%) when the FTSE100 was down by 12%. Since inception (February 2007), the index has returned 30.71%. The three main sector constituents of the Index are banking (32%), IT and telecoms (22%) and investments (17%).

Daniel Draper, Global Head of Lyxor ETF commented: “We are seeing a growing interest from our clients for investment opportunities in the Gulf region. Working with Coast and FTSE, we have focused on our core strengths of being able to offer low total expense ratios (TERs), liquidity and some of the lowest tracking errors in the marketplace to develop the world’s first ETF from the Gulf region.” Imogen Dillon-Hatcher, Managing Director, FTSE Group EMEA said, “We are committed to providing the global investment community with indexing services to meet market demand for access to the GCC region and we are delighted to be involved in the launch of this first ever ETF focusing on the Gulf region.” -Lyxor

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