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Van Eck Global commences self-indexing with the launch of Market Vectors Index Solutions (MVIS)


New York-based asset manager Van Eck Global has launched the Market Vectors Index Solutions GmbH (MVIS) and the company’s new index website ( The Frankfurt, Germany-based MVIS will develop, market and license the Market Vectors Indices, which currently underlie many of Van Eck Global’s exchange-traded funds.

MVIS launches with approximately USD4 billion in investor assets tied to its selection of indices. The firm’s index methodology emphasises investability, liquidity, and diversification and its indexes are currently used by 15 ETFs. Market Vectors ETFs have emphasised the Market Vectors Methodology in a 2011 advertising campaign that targeted institutional investors and RIAs. The current suite of Market Vectors Indices spans several asset classes, including commodity, international equity and international fixed income markets. MVIS has assumed ownership of the existing Market Vectors Indices that had been previously owned by 4asset-management.

“The launch of MVIS is an important step for Van Eck Global,” says Jan van Eck (pictured), Principal and CEO of Van Eck Global. “Generally speaking, there has been a shift from theoretical benchmarks to investable benchmarks within the ETF space. The ability to develop our own line of proprietary benchmarks will allow for more flexibility to create indices that are well suited to underlie investment products such as ETFs.”

MVIS is headed by CEO Lars Hamich, an internationally recognised index expert. Hamich has over fifteen years of experience in the index field and financial product strategies, acquired through his tenure with various stock exchanges, index providers and product issuers.

“Our goal is to add value to an almost saturated index market,” says Hamich. “We have designed an index concept that we believe better captures today’s reality of economies or market sectors. The pure-play methodology of our indices reflects increasing globalisation and captures some traditionally difficult-to-access markets. We also left the usual distinction between blue chip- and benchmark indices behind because Market Vectors Indices combine the best of both worlds. Our indices are highly investable due to the implementation of strict size, liquidity and free-float market-capitalisation requirements but they also provide comprehensive and well-diversified exposure to their respective index universes.”

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