FTSE Group ("FTSE") is the company behind a wide range of market indexes, including not only the world-famous FTSE 100, but a complete set of global equity, fixed income and alternative asset class indexes, used by investors globally.
FTSE Group was set up in the UK in 1995 as a joint venture between the Financial Times and the London Stock Exchange. As of 2011, FTSE Group is wholly owned by the London Stock Exchange.
FTSE's headquarters are located in Canary Wharf, London.
FTSE's Chief Executive is Mark Makepeace.
In Europe, FTSE has offices in Paris, Madrid, Milan and Frankfurt.
Industry estimates place over USD 3 trillion in assets linked to FTSE indices worldwide.
FTSE's Northern European business is headed by Tony Raw, Managing Director FTSE, Southern European business is headed by Luca Filippa, Managing Director FTSE.
FTSE is the chosen index partner of a series of organisations and exchanges, including NYSE Euronext, Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Bolsa Madrid, LSE, Athens Stock Exchange the BBC and CNBC
Many pension funds in Europe are based on FTSE indices, including AP2, AP3, AP7, National Pension Reserve Fund in Ireland, Railpen, British Airways, Norwegian Government Pension Fund, and PGGM in The Netherlands.
FTSE also produces Custom indices for financial institutions - for example for FRR in France
FTSE has won a series of industry awards, in recognition of its innovation and excellence in providing indexing service:
Global Pensions - Index Provider of the Year 2010, 2008 & 2006
Structured Products Magazine - Index Provider of the Year 2005
William F Sharpe Most Innovative Benchmark (for FTSE RAFI Series)
FTSE's Chief Executive Mark Makepeace has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from children's charity UNICEF, in recognition of the innovative fund raising model he established with the FTSE4Good Index Series.
FTSE provides indices which are used as the basis for Exchange Traded Funds worldwide, including:
SGAM Alternative Investments has two ETFs based on the FTSEurofirst 80 and listed on Euronext
Xact Fonder has an ETF based on the FTSE RAFI Eurozone index and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange
Blackrock has a number of ETFs based on FTSE indices including the FTSE EPRA NAREIT indices and the FTSE Maquarie Global Infrastructure 100 index
Lyxor has ETFs based on the FTSE RAFI Europe, FTSE RAFI Eurozone, FTSE RAFI US 1000 and FTSE RAFI Japan listed on Euronext Paris
AXA has ETFs based on the FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Europe and Eurozone indices, listed on Euronext Paris
DB x-trackers has an ETF based on the FTSE 100 Short Index, providing investors with a complimentary product to the popular shorting strategy