The Nasdaq Stock Market® Welcomes Five New ETPs in May

First Trust, Bullmark and Global X Select Nasdaq as Primary Venue for New ETF Listings

NEW YORK, June 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nasdaq (Nasdaq:NDAQ), the single largest U.S. equity exchange by market share, announced five new exchange-traded product (ETP) listings in May, growing the company’s total ETP listings to 264. Three of these new listings include thematic ETFs, which are becoming increasingly popular since they provide immediate access to a basket of securities tracking a current trend.

“We still have three weeks in June to close out the quarter, but have already tied and will soon surpass the total number of ETP listings and switches Nasdaq achieved in the first quarter,” said Jeff McCarthy, Vice President and Head of ETP Listings at Nasdaq. “We also reached an important milestone last week to begin June and welcomed the first ETF from State Street Global Advisors (DWFI) – whose index is owned and was developed by Dorsey, Wright & Associates, a Nasdaq company – to list on Nasdaq.”

Nasdaq ETP Listing Highlights in May:
Nasdaq was selected as the exchange of choice for five new ETF launches:

  • First Trust launched an actively managed fund that invests primarily in exchange-listed commodity futures contracts through a wholly-owned subsidiary of the fund; the fund began trading May 19, 2016:
    • First Trust Alternative Absolute Return Strategy ETF (Nasdaq:FAAR)
  • BullMark launched a high-quality dividend paying stock ETF that focuses on emerging Latin American companies; the ETF began trading May 18, 2016:
    • BullMark LatAm Select Leaders ETF (Nasdaq:BMLA)
  • Global X launched a longevity focused ETF and a health & wellness ETF; both of which fall within the firm’s Thematic - People fund suite and seek to benefit from changing demographics and consumer behaviors; trading began for both May 10, 2016: 
    • Global X Longevity Thematic ETF (Nasdaq:LNGR)
    • Global X Health & Wellness Thematic ETF (Nasdaq:BFIT)
  • Global X also launched the Global X Millennials Thematic ETF (Nasdaq:MILN), which focuses on investing in companies poised to benefit from the growing spending power of the US millennial generation; trading began May 5, 2016.

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