The Standard & Poor's Custom Index Group is an acknowledged global leader in the calculation of Custom Indices, providing unparalleled services in the design, construction, management and distribution of Custom Indices. Drawing on this expertise and a global database of over 17,000 individual stocks, the S&P Custom Index Group provides an independent, flexible and accurate service enabling clients to purposefully design a Custom Index to meet their specific requirements. Standard & Poor's, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), is the world's foremost provider of financial market intelligence, including independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research and data. With approximately 8,500 employees, including wholly owned affiliates, located in 21 countries, Standard & Poor's is an essential part of the world's financial infrastructure and has played a leading role for more than 140 years in providing investors with the independent benchmarks they need to feel more confident about their investment and financial decisions.

For more information, visit www.standardandpoors.com.