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Marco Polo Network, a platform for the electronic trading of securities listed and traded on emerging markets stock exchanges, has announced the acquisition of exchange-traded fund researc

Marco Polo Network, a platform for the electronic trading of securities listed and traded on emerging markets stock exchanges, has announced the acquisition of exchange-traded fund research and investment advisor XTF Global Asset Management.

Following the acquisition, the Marco Polo XTF is an internet-based ETF research and expert network dedicated to the needs of emerging markets ETF investors, sponsors, asset managers, exchanges and regulators.

Marco Polo XTF’s suite of proprietary research and advisory services, which are accessible through the xtf.com web site, are designed for use in various areas of the investment process, including security level research, market insights, portfolio construction and optimisation, performance benchmarking and attribution, risk management and analysis.

‘XTF’s best of breed ETF security level research and advisory services allow us better to serve our growing community of emerging market broker-dealers and partners,’ says Vinode Ramgopal, chairman and chief executive of Marco Polo Network.

‘The combination of ETF research and Marco Polo’s multi-directional electronic trading capabilities will allow emerging market asset owners, such as pension funds, insurance companies, mutual funds and private wealth managers, to capitalise better on the many benefits of cross-border index investing.

‘By extending our research coverage of ETFs and other exchange-traded products listed on European, Asian and Latin American exchanges, Marco Polo XTF will be able to offer customer-specific research solutions to accelerate the market adoption of indexed funds. Our customers will benefit from fast and flexible technology transfer within the network and to ETFs and ETF-based investment solutions.’

Founded in 2000, Marco Polo Network’s trading platform offers transparent electronic access to 70 local exchanges in 42 emerging markets through a network of more than 120 in-country broker dealers. The firm is partially owned by the New York Stock Exchange and the International Finance Corporation, the private sector investment arm of the World Bank.

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