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  • 2012: A Year of Growth and Product Innovation for ETF Securities

    ETF Securities, a Millennium portfolio company, saw strong growth in 2012 with assets under management exceeding $30 billion and organizational expansion with a 15% increase in headcount and a new Hong Kong office.

    December 19, 2012

    PRESS RELEASE – ETF Securities, one of the world’s leading, independent provider of Exchange Traded Commodities (ETCs), saw its global assets under management (AuM) appreciate by more than 22% between January and November 2012 to reach US$30.2 billion. Net new inflows accounted for half of the US$5.5 billion increase, as investor demand for commodity exposure remained strong.

    Compelling product offering

    ETF Securities is committed to providing investors with access to a broad range of commodity investment solutions. The specialist issuer listed 52 new securities in 2012, including:

    • Three physically-backed precious metal ETFs in Hong Kong
    • Four commodity ETCs designed to provide exposure to Brent crude oil in Europe
    • Ten commodity ETCs on the Australian Securities Exchange
    • 35 commodity ETCs designed to hedge out US dollar exposure against the British Pound or the Euro on a daily basis

    The issuer also completed 70 cross-listings of its ETCs this year, in an effort to make commodity investing more accessible on local stock exchanges around the world.

    Further investment in infrastructure

    ETF Securities continues to expand its global presence. The company opened a new office in Hong Kong, in reflection of the increasing appetite in Asia for commodity exposure and Exchange Traded Products (ETPs).

    Headcount meanwhile rose by nearly 15% across the group in 2012, as the company seeks to ensure that it is optimally placed to respond to the needs of investors in each region.

    ETF Securities has made further investments in its events and investor education programms in a continued effort to raise awareness of commodity and ETP investing. The company’s conferences, conference calls and briefings, which are currently offered to professional investors only, are now fully CPD accredited.

    Commenting, Matt Johnson, Head of Distribution for EMEA, ETF Securities said:

    “In this period of market volatility, our independence has enabled us to quickly adapt to market changes and take advantage of opportunities that arose. We have a solid strategy in place for next year which will enable us to continue to build on this year’s achievements”.

    About ETF Securities

    ETF Securities is one of the world’s leading, independent exchange-traded product providers and a pioneer in commodities. The company has a strong history of product innovation and this remains a key tenet of our guiding philosophy. The company listed the world’s first gold exchange-traded commodity in 2003, and many other market-leading investment solutions have since followed. Today ETF Securities offers a comprehensive range of exchange-traded commodities and as at 30 November 2012 was responsible for US$30.2 billion in global investor assets.


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