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NASDAQ OMX and Handelsbanken launch new Exchange Traded Notes in Finland - New index launched to track the 15 most liquid Finnish shares


Helsinki, April 19, 2010 — NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, part of the NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NDAQ) today starts trading 20 new Exchange Traded Notes issued by Handelsbanken. This new range of leveraged Bull and Bear certificates includes certificates on the newly launched OMX Helsinki 15 index and the Nordic electricity price. Lauri Rosendahl, President of NASDAQ OMX Helsinki said: “Handelsbanken is a leading Nordic issuer of structured products and we are very pleased to now be able to offer trading in their new suite of products, including certificates on the new OMX Helsinki 15 index and SHB Power index. The entry of Handelsbanken into the Finnish certificate market will broaden the choice of products available to Finnish investors, and thus help grow the overall popularity of certificates in Finland”. “We brought our Bull & Bear ETNs to the Finnish market in order to offer Finnish investors the same diverse range of products, as in Sweden and Norway but with local flavour. The Bull & Bear family of ETNs was launched in Sweden a year ago. Turnover in our Exchange Traded Products grew as a result to more than 36 billion Euros in 2009, giving us a market share of more than 90 percent on the Nordic Market. We strongly believe our large range of products linked to commodities, currencies, stocks and the new OMX Helsinki 15 Index will appeal to many, both institutional and private investors", says Antti Heinonen from Handelsbanken Structured Products. The new leveraged Bull and Bear certificates now issued by Handelsbanken track the OMXH15 and SHB Power indexes, Nokia, Stora Enso, Sampo, Fortum and Nordea shares, Gold and Brent Blend Crude Oil futures and SEK currency rate. OMX Helsinki 15 Index The OMX Helsinki 15 (OMXH15) is composed of the 15 most traded blue chip stocks on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. The limited number of constituents in combination with the liquidity selection criteria ensures that all the stocks included in the index have excellent liquidity. This provides the investor with an index that is highly suitable as an underlying for different derivatives products, exchange traded funds and structured products. The OMXH15 index is free float adjusted, quarterly capped and revised twice a year. The base date is December 18, 2009 with a base value of 500. For more information about the index, please visit or SHB Power Index The SHB Power index measures the return from changes in the price of forward contracts on Nordic electricity traded on NordPool, which are rolled on a regular basis. The index is calculated in euro by NASDAQ OMX, and published daily on and About certificates An exchange traded certificate is a security that tracks an index, commodity, currency or a basket of assets like an index fund, but trades like a stock on an exchange. The simplest form of a certificate is an index certificate which tracks a stock index. Depending on the certificate type (bull or bear), an investor can benefit from either the rise or fall in the value of the underlying asset. A leveraged certificate multiplies the movement of the underlying instrument by the leverage coefficient. A certificate can have a closed end or an open end. Holders of the now issued certificates do not receive any coupon payments during the life of the note, and there is no principal protection for the investment. About NASDAQ OMX The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. is the world's largest exchange company. It delivers trading, exchange technology and public company services across six continents, with approximately 3,700 listed companies. NASDAQ OMX offers multiple capital raising solutions to companies around the globe, including its U.S. listings market, NASDAQ OMX Nordic, NASDAQ OMX Baltic, NASDAQ OMX First North, and the U.S. 144A sector. The company offers trading across multiple asset classes including equities, derivatives, debt, commodities, structured products and exchange-traded funds. NASDAQ OMX technology supports the operations of over 70 exchanges, clearing organizations and central securities depositories in more than 50 countries. NASDAQ OMX Nordic and NASDAQ OMX Baltic are not legal entities but describe the common offering from NASDAQ OMX exchanges in Helsinki, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Iceland, Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius. For more information about NASDAQ OMX, visit Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements The matters described herein contain forward-looking statements that are made under the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about NASDAQ OMX's products and offerings. We caution that these statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties or other factors beyond NASDAQ OMX's control. These factors include, but are not limited to factors detailed in NASDAQ OMX's annual report on Form 10-K, and periodic reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to release any revisions to any forward-looking statements. - # - CONTACTS: Anu Ilvonen + 358 9 6166 7206

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