Euro Becomes the Single Currency on NASDAQ OMX Baltic Market

| Source: NASDAQ OMX Tallinn

Tallinn/Riga/Vilnius, Baltic Market, January 2, 2014 – The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NDAQ) announces that euro becomes the single trading and clearing currency for shares listed on NASDAQ OMX Baltic Market. NASDAQ OMX Riga and the Latvian Central Depository successfully introduced trading and clearing in euro for the Latvian securities on January 1 when Latvia became the 18th member of the Eurozone.

“With Latvia joining the euro zone, a long term goal of having the single trading and settlement currency on the NASDAQ OMX Baltic Market has been achieved,” says Arminta Saladziene, Head of NASDAQ OMX Baltic Market. “It is another major step towards integration of the Baltic Market, making the region more accessible and attractive to international and local investors.”

The single currency makes the Baltic Market offering more investment friendly, cost efficient, and convenient  to market participants and investors, alongside with its other core features - the common leading global trading systems INET and GENIUM INET, Baltic membership, a harmonized market model and trading rules as well as pan-Baltic settlement links.

“Changeover to the euro in Latvia will benefit the country and our capital markets,” says Daiga Auziņa-Melalksne, Head of Exchange Services at NASDAQ OMX Baltic Market. “The currency of the euro area which has a strong international presence and is widely accepted on the global financial markets will decrease costs for cross border investments and is expected to make the Baltic Market more resilient and efficient, which will benefit all market participants.”

Estonian securities are traded in euro since 2002 and cleared since 2011 when Estonia joined the euro zone. Euro trading, clearing and settlement of the Lithuanian equities were introduced in 2010. Lithuania is aiming to adopt euro as its national currency in 2015.

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