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ASEAN FINANCE MINISTERS LAUNCH NEW ASEAN INDICES WITH FTSE GROUP.

BackSep 21, 2005

21 September 2005
ASEAN FINANCE MINISTERS LAUNCH NEW ASEAN INDICES WITH FTSE GROUP

First internationally recognised indices for collective ASEAN equity markets aimed at branding ASEAN as an asset class

Kuala Lumpur, London, Hong Kong, 21st September 2005: The ASEAN Finance Ministers' Investors' Seminar today announced the launch of the new FTSE/ASEAN indices, created in partnership with FTSE Group. The indices are designed for trading and benchmarking of financial products in the South East Asia Region and begin calculation today. The series has been initiated by the ASEAN Finance Ministers to brand ASEAN as an asset class and as a benchmark for ASEAN performance. The project is the first cooperative effort between the five ASEAN exchanges, namely Bursa Malaysia, Jakarta Stock Exchange, The Philippines Stock Exchange, Singapore Exchange and The Stock Exchange of Thailand.

Two indices have been created; FTSE/ASEAN Index that has 180 constituents and will be the benchmark for the five markets, and the FTSE/ASEAN 40 - the tradable index suitable for institutional and retail funds, Exchange Traded Funds and derivatives contracts. These indices are the first internationally recognised indices that have been created for the ASEAN equity markets as a regional grouping.

The indices were designed using international standards, are free float adjusted and based on the Industry Classification Benchmark (ICB).

The Exchanges in a joint statement said, "This regional collaboration represents the ASEAN exchanges' efforts to promote the ASEAN financial markets. The indices that FTSE has developed based on recognised standards and methodology will increase the visibility of ASEAN to domestic and international investors, and brand ASEAN as an appealing asset class."

Yusli Mohamed Yusoff, Chief Executive Officer of Bursa Malaysia Berhad said, "The ASEAN Index will provide a new way for global investors to gain exposure to the ASEAN equity markets collectively. It also forms the basis for further development of new multi-market based regional derivative products such as Exchange Traded Funds (ETF), Index Futures and Options. In branding ASEAN as an asset class, we hope that the new index will draw liquidity into the region in general and the constituent stocks in particular."

Mark Makepeace, Chief Executive, FTSE Group said, "FTSE is delighted to have been selected by the ASEAN exchanges to create innovative index products for those looking to invest in the South East Asian market. This partnership again underlines FTSE's success in working with leading financial institutions on a global basis."

For full details, including constituent lists, performance and a research report based on the indices please visit http://www.ftse.com/ASEAN