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Barclays Capital has joined ETF Exchange (Europe), a first third generation exchange-traded fund platform provided by ETF Securities, as an authorised participant and swap provider.

ETF Securities is initially working with BofA Merrill Lynch, Citi, Rabobank International, and Barclays Capital who are participants on the platform, with scope to add additional participants in the future.

The idea for generation ETFs was inspired by investor demands for increased levels of transparency, liquidity and counterparty risk management.

ETF Securities identified that the current ETF issuance model by single financial institutions could be strengthened by diversifying index replication across a consortium of the strongest financial players and concentrating liquidity within a single platform issued by an independent ETF issuer.

ETF Exchange offers a total of 21 equity ETFs comprising Europe’s first ETF platform concentrating on resource¬ equity ETFs and double leveraged (2x) and double short (¬2x) ETFs.

These ETFs are listed across five European exchanges – the London Stock Exchange, Deutsche Borse, NYSE ¬Euronext Amsterdam, the Borsa Italiana and the Irish Stock Exchange – and traded in up to three currencies (USD, EUR and GBP).

Dixit A. Joshi, head of equities, EMEA and Asia Pacific, Barclays Capital, says: "ETFs are an increasingly important part of an investor’s portfolio and we look forward to working with ETF Securities to offer our clients liquidity across the full range of ETF products as part of our European Equities platform."

Mark Weeks, chief executive of ETF Exchange, adds: “This is an important milestone in the development of ETF Exchange. Working with Barclays Capital and the other three banks will provide investors with an unparalleled quality of service, across an innovative range of products. The ETFX platform is truly market¬ changing. We believe the evolution of ETFX will make redundant the current single bank issuance models.”

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