1,000th ETF listed on SIX Swiss Exchange

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1,000th ETF listed on SIX Swiss Exchange

The number of exchange-traded fund listings on SIX Swiss Exchange has surpassed 1000. The Zurich-based exchange has reached the milestone 15 years after the first ETF was listed on the exchange. “We are proud of reaching this milestone, and we would like to thank our issuers for the trust they show in us with each product launched,” commented Danielle Mair, ETFs & ETPs Sales Manager for SIX Swiss Exchange. Since SIX Swiss unveiled its dedicated ETF segment in 2000 the number of products has grown steadily. Last year proved to be particularly strong, with 162 new products listed, including 50 in the final quarter alone.

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