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U.S. Equity Product Suite “ Trade 98% of US Equity market with two trades!” ETFS Russell 1000 ® (US Large Cap) ETFS Russell 2000 ® (US Small Cap) May 2009.

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1 U.S. Equity Product Suite “ Trade 98% of US Equity market with two trades!” ETFS Russell 1000 ® (US Large Cap) ETFS Russell 2000 ® (US Small Cap) May 2009 January 2009

2 2 Contents Introduction to ETF Securities ETF Platform What are ETFs? Trading the whole US market! A volatility and recovery play Key characteristics and benefits of Russell Indexes Russell Indexes versus S&P500 and other benchmarks ETF liquidity Model Conclusion Appendix

3 3 Introducing ETF Securities Limited ETF Securities is the innovator and pioneer of ETCs World’s first physical gold ETC, ‘An initiative of World Gold Trust Services’ World’s first oil and carbon ETCs World’s first complete ETC platform –Range of commodities exposure: Physical, Classic, Forward, Short and Leveraged –131 ETCs available in multi-currency: USD, Euro, Sterling & AUD –6 ETC segments on 6 exchanges globally –Listed on LSE, Deutsche Boerse, NYSE-Euronext, Borsa Italiana and ASX World’s first thematic ETF platform –11 commodity-themed ETFs and the Russell 1000 and 2000 –Listed on LSE, Irish Stock Exchange, Borsa Italiana and NYSE-Euronext. World’s first Shariah-approved ETCs Over US$11 billion in total assets

4 4 Introducing ETF Exchange World’s first 3 rd Generation ETF Platform –Led by a consortium including: Citigroup, Merrill Lynch & ETF Securities –Swap-based ETF model with multiple swap providers (counterparties) –Credit diversification across a number consortium members, no reliance on a single bank –True Liquidity & Competition, largest pool of authorized participants and market makers (over 20) Europe’s Largest Thematic ETF Offering –13 new ETFs provide access to sectors not available through ETCs –For certain commodities, commodity companies offer the only access to the underlying commodities market –Equities/Commodities will outperform in different parts of the commodity cycle –Commodity companies can be a leveraged play on the underlying commodities

5 5 ETF Securities AUM growth Over US$ 11 billion in total assets as at May 2009, up over 100% in past year and up over $3bn since the middle of November. Physical Gold and Oil ETCs have been largest AUM contributors over past year and this has intensified recently. Interest in agriculture has started to rise recently.

6 6 ETF Securities - Competitive Advantages The management of ETFS pioneered ETCs Independent of any mutli-service financial institution/bank ETF Securities only business is creating and managing ETFs and ETCs Largest Sales and Marketing team dedicated to ETFs in Europe Highly customer focused & support customer business needs 5 ETF Securities products in top 10 traded ETFs on LSE ETF Securities has more market makers than any of its competitors Guaranteed tracking on ETCs Swap based ETFs model ensures tracking errors remains minimal Synthetic replication most robust equity ETF model from a risk perspective Physically backed ETCs carry no credit risk, ETCs are 100% collateralised Track Record Focus Service Liquidity Efficiency Safety

7 7 What are Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)? Open-ended UCITS III funds Track the underlying equity index Managed by asset managers Transparent, low cost, liquid Buy & hold investments. No management or maintenance required Listed on stock exchanges, trade & settle like equities Trade free of stamp duty Can be shorted and traded with all the same order types as an equity

8 8 Equity ETF Platform

9 9 Trading the whole US market! First & Only European ETF issuer to offer ETFs on both market- leading Russell 1000 and 2000 US equity indexes Most Comprehensive and unbiased large-cap and small-cap barometers of the U.S. equity market Highly Liquid, ETFS has more market makers providing liquidity than any of other ETFs issuers Cost Efficient 0.35% & 0.45% TER Listed on 5 European exchanges: LSE, Deutsche Boerse, Milan, NYSE Euronext and the ISE & available in USD, EUR and GBP

10 10 Volatility Play Market Volatility has increased significantly since Lehman’s bankruptcy on Sept 15, 2008 Since then the market* has moved by more than 5% on 18 days compared to 17 days in the previous 53 years ! US Equity volatility as measured by the VIX index soared to record levels in 2008, double the 98’ and 02’ spikes. Russell 1000 outperforms in downswing phase of US business cycle when volatility and risk aversion is high *S&P 500

11 11 Recovery Play Russell 2000 outperforms in upswing phase of US business cycle A high beta, aggressive portfolio of small cap businesses for those looking to play the next US upswing Russell 2000 has significantly outperformed standard US benchmarks

12 12 Key characteristics and benefits of Russell Indexes Russell Indexes used by more US institutional investors than all other index providers combined –(63% of US Institutional funds, 98% of small cap mandates) –account for more than half of all US institutional equity assets benchmarked. Deepest and most comprehensive market coverage –Russell Indexes represent over 98% of investable universe. –Russell 1000, 90% of US equity market and Russell 2000, 8% Completely objective –rule-based, transparent methodology creating ideal benchmarks and trading vehicles. No sampling, membership reflects the actual market. Source: Nelson Information’s MarketPlace Web database, 30 June 2008

13 13 Russell Indexes vs. S&P Indexes and others Russell 1000 & 2000 benchmarks capture 98% of US equity market S&P500 – only 66% 56% of all US equity assets in US are benchmarked to Russell Russell 1000 and 2000 and the main benchmarks for US equities Objective Rules-based methodology vs. subjective committee based methodology for S&P MSCI US indexes have limited acceptance in the US market and currently only capture only 0.1% institutional market share Source: Russell, Data as of May 30, Russell Indexes charted by total market capitalization

14 14 Russell 1000 & Outperformance Significant outperformance in the long term Russell 1000 & 2000 have outperformed other benchmarks over 2008 Russell 1000 & 2000 have outperformed benchmarks over the last 10 years Russell 1000/2000 return volatilities compare favourably with other US asset benchmarks Returns and Volatility – Asset Benchmarks –

15 15 Russell 1000 & 2000 – Performance drivers Russell 1000 Russell 2000 Index composition Macro environments Investment performance Summary Largest-cap US stocks, often global Highly diversified growth drivers Downswing in US growth High and rising inflation High and rising risk aversion Strong BRICs growth Low earnings volatility Out-performance of US equity benchmarks US consumer discretionary, financials Concentrated growth stocks Upswing in US growth Low and stable inflation Low and falling risk aversion Strong outperformance vs. Russell 1000, US equity benchmarks in US upturns Tend to be “best of breed” stocks Leverage up earnings in US growth upswings

16 16 Conclusion Russell 1000, most efficient way to play current US equity volatility Russell 2000, most efficient way to play US recovery Russell 1000, Russell 2000, used by more US institutional investors than all other index providers combined Swap based ETF model ensures tracking errors remains minimal, most robust model from a risk perspective Highly liquid, more market makers than any of other ETFs issuers

17 17 ETF Securities - Competitive Advantages The management of ETFS pioneered ETCs Independent of any mutli-service financial institution/bank ETF Securities only business is creating and managing ETFs and ETCs Largest Sales and Marketing team dedicated to ETFs in Europe Highly customer focused & support customer business needs 5 ETF Securities products in top 10 traded ETFs on LSE ETF Securities has more market makers than any of its competitors Guaranteed tracking on ETCs Swap based ETFs model ensures tracking errors remains minimal Synthetic replication most robust equity ETF model from a risk perspective Physically backed ETCs carry no credit risk, ETCs are 100% collateralised Track Record Focus Service Liquidity Efficiency Safety

18 Appendix - Russell Indexes Compared - ETFS Russell ETFS Russell Market Makers Contacts - ETF Liquidity Model - ETC Platform - ETF, ETC & ETN Comparison January 2009

19 19 ETF Securities & Market Maker Contacts Website:www.etfsecurities.comwww.etfsecurities.com LSE: Deutsche Boerse:www.deutsche-boerse.com/etcswww.deutsche-boerse.com/etcs NYSE-Euronext:www.euronext.com/etcswww.euronext.com/etcs Borsa Italiana: Irish Stock Exchange:www.ise.ie/etfwww.ise.ie/etf ETF Securities contact – (UK Representative) Market Maker & Authorised Participant contacts: Flow Traders+31 (0) UBS+44 (0) HSBC+44 (0) Nyenburgh+31 (0) Citigroup+44 (0) Banca IMI Morgan Stanley+44 (0) LaBranche+44 (0) Susquehanna+353 (0) UniCredit HVB+44 (0) Merrill Lynch+44 (0) Winterflood+44 (0) Barclays Capital+44 (0) JP Morgan+44 (0) Societe Generale+44 (0) Saen Options BV +31 (0) RBS+44 (0) Commerzbank+49 (0)

20 20 ETFs – Liquidity Model ETF liquidity is determined by the liquidity of the underlying asset ETFs are open-ended – creation/redemption process makes them as liquid as underlying Multiple Authorised Participants (APs) & market makers – ensure pricing is kept very close to the underlying Multiple swap providers who act as APs compete for the business adding an enhanced liquidity feature APs provide the market with liquidity – create and redeem by trading the equity with the issuer of the shares APs and market makers guarantee continuous two way prices on exchange and will execute larger orders by phone TRADED VOLUME IS NOT A RELEVANT MEASURE OF LIQUIDITY!

21 21 Unique benefits of new ETFs Independent Issuer, ETF Securities: –Multiple swap providers platform, unique in Europe –Swap providers are interchangeable – reduced operational risk –All swaps fully collateralised –Multiple market makers (ETFS has more market makers providing liquidity than any of other ETF issuer) Synthetic Replication: –More accurate and more stable tracking of index –Full replication of index return –Ability to provide unique strategies not possible using in-specie model (Leveraged / Short / Emerging Markets / Commodities) –No issuer risk (UCITSIII fund)

22 22 Third Generation – Multiple Swap Backed ETFs Primary Market Secondary Market Exchange/ Market Makers ETF Investors ETFs Orders/Prices Cash Securities Swap provider2 Swap provider 1 Swap provider3

23 23 Understanding Russell Indexes - “1 + 2 = 3” The Russell 3000 This broad cap index of the top 3,000 U.S. stocks by market cap covers 98% of the U.S. equity investable universe The Russell 1000 The largest 1,000 stocks by market cap, the index comprehensively covers the large cap opportunity set The Russell 2000 The smallest 2,000 stocks and the primary benchmark for small cap investors in the U.S. 1 Source: Russell Investments, Data as of June Market capitalization = number of shares outstanding x price per share (e.g., Exxon Mobil has 5,283,694,000 shares outstanding times $88.76/ share gives $469.0 billion market cap). Various segments of the market will perform differently at different times (e.g., in year 2000, Russell 3000 was down 7.5%; Russell Midcap was up 8.3%). The market capitalization ranges used above are absolute breakpoints for new members and do not include capitalization banding. Capitalization banding involves the implementation of a +/-2.5% band around certain breakpoints. For further information, please refer to the Russell Indexes construction and methodology document. Russell U.S. Indexes total market capitalization 1

24 24 Russell 1000 and 2000 – Compared Capitalizations (in USD billions) Fundamental characteristics Source: Russell as at As of December 31, 2008

25 25 ETFS Russell 1000 Fund (US Large Cap) ETFS Russell 1000 tracks the Russell 1000 Index which measures the performance of the large-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe The top 5 companies are: Exxon Mobil, At&T Inc., Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, and Johnson & Johnson A low beta, highly defensive portfolio of large cap business ideally suited to the current environment of high market uncertainty. The Russell 1000 has also outperformed standard asset benchmarks in upswing phases of the US economy Sector Distribution

26 26 Russell 1000 Performance Drivers Energy and Technology industries the two most significant growth drivers Long run growth tends to be evenly split amongst consumer/services, manufacturing/technology and energy sectors More diversified growth base than the Russell 2000 Russell 1000 components are less cyclical than Russell 2000 Financial and Consumer components have been a larger drag on overall performance than previous downturn

27 27 ETFS Russell 2000 Fund (US Small Cap) ETFS Russell 2000 tracks the Russell 2000 Index which measures the performance of the small-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe The top 5 companies are: Alexion Pharmaceuticals, OSI Pharmaceuticals, Myriad Genetics, Railcorp Holdings and Sybase. A high beta, aggressive portfolio of small cap businesses for those looking to capitalise on the next US upswing. The Russell 2000 has significantly outperformed standard asset benchmarks in the US Sector Distribution

28 28 Russell 2000 Performance Drivers Financials and consumer industries the two most significant growth drivers. LR growth tends to be driven by Consumer/Services and Industrials/Technology sectors. More concentrated growth base than the Russell More cyclical vs. structural components to the return base. More broad-based industry contributions to recent return drops: flight to large-cap safety?

29 29 What are Exchange Traded Commodities (ETCs)? Similarities to ETFs: –Open-ended securities –Track the underlying commodity price or commodity index –Asset backed – Physical bullion or Commodity Contracts (Swaps) –Buy & hold. No management or maintenance required –Listed on stock exchanges, trade & settle like stocks –Low cost – MERs 39 bps to 98 bps –Eligible investments for UCITS –Trade free of stamp duty –Long, Short and Leveraged exposures available Differences from ETFs: –ETCs are securities and not funds

30 30 ETFS Platform Listing: London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris and Milan *Shariah compliant precious metal ETC platform

31 31 ETF, ETC & ETN Comparison PHYSICALLY-BACKED ETCs SWAP-BASED ETCs IN-SPECIE-BASED ETFs SWAP-BASED ETFsETNs STRUCTURE Asset-backed Security Fund Unsecured Note UNDERLYING HOLDINGS Physical Allocated Bullion (audited + published bars) Swap contract / collateralised or non Equities & cash (not applicable for commodities) Index swap plus a basket of non-index securities Bank balance sheet ISSUER RISK No, assets ring-fenced by trustee structure No, assets ring-fenced by fund structure Yes, no trustee or ring - fencing COUNTEPARTY / CREDIT RISK No 100% allocated bullion No for collateralised Ucollateralised, exposure to swap counterparty No Yes. Limited to 10% under UCITS Yes, bears full exposure to credit worthiness of note issuer OTHER COUNTEPARTY RISK No Securities lending, dividend enhancement activity and any derivative exposures Cash management with linked notes Rebalancing risk (tracking & counterparty) No Tracking ErrorManagement fees Management fees, Fund transaction costs, Portfolio drift Management fees EXCHANGE LISTED Yes UCITS FUND No Yes No UCITS ELIGIBLE Yes No

32 32 Risk Warnings Risk Warnings: ETFS Fund Company public limited company (the “Company”) is an open-ended investment company with variable capital having segregated liability between its sub-funds (each a “Fund”) and is organised under the laws of Ireland as a public limited company. The Company was authorised by the Financial Regulator as a UCITS pursuant to the European Communities (Undertaking for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities) Regulations, 2003 and shall issue a separate class of shares (the “Shares”) representing each Fund. Further information in relation to a particular Fund can be found in the latest prospectus of the Company which should be read in conjunction with the relevant fund supplement (together the “Prospectus”). An investment in Shares of a particular Fund may or may not be suitable for a particular investor. The price of Shares may go up or down and an investor may not get back the amount invested. Historical performance is not a guarantee for future performance. The Shares will be priced in the base currency of the relevant Fund and so the value of the investment in other currencies will be affected by exchange rate movements. To the extent Shares are traded in other currencies, their value may also be affected by exchange rate movements. Restricted Investors: The information in this document is designed solely for use in the Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands and complies with the regulatory requirements of these jurisdictions only. The distribution of the Prospectus and this document and the offering, sale and delivery of Shares in other jurisdictions may be restricted by law. In particular please see the section below headed “Important information for persons resident in particular jurisdictions.” This document is furnished for the private information of the recipient and must not be copied, given or shown to any other person. Any subscription for Shares should be made on the basis of the Prospectus. Shares will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 or qualified under any applicable state securities statutes. The Company will not be registered as investment companies under the US Investment Company Act of 1940.

33 33 Restricted Investors and Disclaimer Disclaimer: Any investment in Shares carries with it certain risks, including those risks set out in the Prospectus. You should obtain your own independent financial, taxation and legal advice before making any decisions about any investment in Shares. This information is not an offer of Shares and should not be used as the basis for any investment decision. The Shares of each Fund have been listed on the Irish Stock Exchange and the Euronext Amsterdam and may be purchased on such exchanges. This information is issued by the Company and does not constitute financial product advice. The Company does not guarantethe performance of Shares of a Fund and does not accept any responsibility for any omissions or inaccuracies in this document, which it believes to be correct at the time of issue. Important information for persons resident in particular jurisdictions Important information for persons resident in Austria: Any information provided in this document does not constitute an offer to the public or an invitation to the public to make an offer for the acquisition of Shares in the Funds of the Company by Austrian investors. The Shares are exclusively available to a limited number (less than 100) of individually selected investors in Austria. Therefore, the Prospectus is not a prospectus pursuant to the Austrian Investment Funds Act. This document, the Prospectus and other materials relating to Shares are strictly confidential and may not be distributed to any person or entity other than the recipients hereof. This document as well as any information contained herein may not be supplied to the public in Austria or used in connection with any offer for subscription of Shares to the public in Austria. The Shares must not be offered by public advertisement or in any similar manner in Austria. Important information for persons resident in Luxembourg: This document and any offering of Shares does not and is not intended to constitute a public offer of Shares in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and as a consequence no notification has been made to the Luxembourg regulators. Therefore, Shares may not be offered, sold or otherwise marketed in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in circumstances that constitute a public offer under Luxembourg law. This document will not be used for a public offer in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg of the Shares represented thereby and does not constitute a public offer to anyone in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to purchase the Shares. Important information for persons resident in Spain: The sale of the Shares in the Funds of the Company which this document refers to have not been registered with the Spanish National Securities Market Commission (“Comision Nacional del Mercado de Valores”) pursuant to Spanish laws and regulations and do not form part of any public offer of such Shares in Spain. Accordingly, no Shares in the Funds of the Company may be or are presently intended to be publicly offered, marketed or promoted, nor any public offer in respect thereof made, in Spain, nor may this document or any other offering materials relating to the offer of Shares in Funds be distributed, in the Kingdom of Spain, by ETF Securities Limited or any other person on their behalf, except in circumstances which do not constitute a public offering and marketing in Spain within the meaning of Spanish laws and in compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements in relation thereto. This document and any other materials relating to Shares are strictly confidential and may not be distributed to any person or any entity other than its recipients. Important information for persons resident in Switzerland: The Company has not been and will not be authorised by or registered with the Swiss Federal Banking Commission as a foreign collective investment scheme pursuant to Article 120 of the Swiss Federal Act on Collective Investment Schemes of June 23, Accordingly, the Shares may not be offered or distributed to the public in or from Switzerland, unless such offer or distribution is addressed to Swiss investors without any public offering in accordance with the relevant practice of the Swiss Federal Banking Commission. This document may be used in a private placement only and is personal to the addressee. It does not constitute an offer to any other person and may only be used by those persons to whom it has been handed out in connection with the offer described herein. 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Important information for persons resident in United Kingdom: The distribution in the United Kingdom of this document and any other marketing materials relating to the Company (A) if effected by a person who is not an authorised person under FSMA, is being addressed to, or directed at, only the following persons: (i) persons who are "Investment Professionals" as defined in Article 19(5) of the FSMA (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the "Financial Promotion Order") and (ii) persons falling within any of the categories of persons described in Article 49 ("High net worth companies, unincorporated associations etc") of the Financial Promotion Order and (iii) any other person to whom it may otherwise lawfully be distributed in accordance with the Financial Promotion Order and (B) if effected by a person who is an authorised person under FSMA, is being addressed to, or directed at, only the following persons: (i) persons falling within one of the categories of "Investment Professionals" as defined in Article 14(5) of the FSMA (Promotion of Collective Investment Schemes) (Exemption) Order 2001 (the "Promotion of CISs Order"), (ii) persons falling within any categories of persons described in Article 22 `("High net worth companies, unincorporated associations etc") of the Promotion of CISs Order and (iii) any other person to whom it may otherwise lawfully be distributed in accordance with the Promotion of CISs Order. Persons of any other description in the United Kingdom may not receive and should not act or rely on this document or any other marketing materials relating to Company. Potential investors in the United Kingdom are advised that all, or most, of the protections afforded by the United Kingdom regulatory system will not apply to an investment in Shares and that compensation will not be available under the United Kingdom Financial Services Compensation Scheme.Regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission.


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