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NASDAQ OMX Introduces New Indexes for Icelandic Bond Market

NASDAQ OMX (NASDAQ:NDAQ) today introduces six new indexes in the Icelandic bond market. The indexes are based on Icelandic nominal and inflation-linked benchmark bonds that are listed and traded on NASDAQ OMX Iceland. The new indexes will provide insight and transparency into the price development of bench­mark bonds which are the most liquid Icelandic government guaranteed bonds.

The new bond indexes will benefit investors and fund managers. They summarize important market information on the securites market‘s largest and most liquid asset classes, provide an easily understood performance benchmark and can be used as the basis for Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). The index values are calculated end of day and are denominated in Icelandic Krona (ISK).

Magdalena Hartman, Vice President NASDAQ OMX Global Index Group said: "With the new Icelandic bond indexes we have a comprehensive product offering in the Icelandic bond index series. Investors, asset managers and analysts will now gain access to a reliable benchmark for Icelandic government guaranteed bonds.“

Magnus Hardarson, Vice President NASDAQ OMX Iceland said: "The Icelandic bond market is highly liquid and transparent as trading occurs mostly on exchange. The Icelandic bond market has a long tradition of trading government guaranteed bonds, and these new information tools will support liquidity in the market. We are particularly delighted that these new indexes will pave the way for exchange traded funds on the Icelandic market.“

The indexes available as of today June 11 are:

The NOMXI Benchmark Bond Index family consists of three indexes:

  • NOMXI Benchmark Bonds
  • NOMXI Nominal Benchmark Bonds
  • NOMXI Inflation-Linked Benchmark Bonds

The indexes are capped market value weighted total return indexes and are calculated in Icelandic Krona (ISK). All three indexes are also available in a market weighted non-capped version.

The Benchmark Bond Indexes have a base value of 1000 and a base date of December 28, 2012.