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Horizon Kinetics Announces the Licensing of the Global Spin-Off Index to Van Eck Global

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Horizon Kinetics LLC today announced that Van Eck Global, one of the largest providers of exchange traded products, will license the Horizon Kinetics Global Spin-Off Index (Bloomberg Ticker: GSPIN) to serve as the benchmark for the Market Vectors Global Spin Off ETF (Ticker: SPUN). The new ETF provides investors the ability to access pure-play spin-offs on a global basis.

The Horizon Kinetics Global Spin-Off Index (Ticker: GSPIN, http://www.indxx.com/globalspinoff.php) is a unique, rules-based index that tracks the performance of publicly listed spin-offs domiciled in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The Index tracks the performance of shares passively distributed by a parent company to its shareholders of record as of the spin-off date. The pure-play index tracks the performance of the spun off company for its first five years as an independent, separately traded company. The design of the Index was based on 20+ years of Horizon Kinetics’ proprietary research, various academic publications, and Wall Street research reports that have shown that a portfolio of spin-off securities has historically outperformed the broader equity markets over a multi-year time period.

Doug Kramer, Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Kinetics, said, “We are pleased to license our Global Spin-Off Index to Van Eck Global, one of the largest providers of exchange-traded products in the United States. Our Global Spin-Off Index was developed based upon Horizon Kinetics’ 20+ year experience studying special situation investing and spin-offs. We believe this smart beta ETF will allow investors to access the long-term benefits of spin-offs on a global basis.”

The Global Spin-Off Index is one of 8 indexes created and published by Horizon Kinetics LLC.

About Horizon Kinetics LLC:

Horizon Kinetics LLC, formed in May 2011, is the consolidated parent company of Horizon Asset Management LLC (founded in 1994) and Kinetics Asset Management LLC (founded in 1996) and various affiliates. Horizon Kinetics is an independently owned and operated investment boutique that adheres to a long-term, contrarian, fundamental value investment philosophy that the founders established 26 years ago at Bankers Trust Company. Horizon Kinetics has over 80 employees and has primary offices in New York City and White Plains, New York. For more information about Horizon Kinetics, visit www.horizonkinetics.com

Disclosures:

Nothing contained herein constitutes a solicitation to purchase or offer to sell securities or other investment products. Horizon Kinetics may receive compensation in connection with licensing the Index or through other use of the Index. There is no assurance that investment products based on the Index will accurately track index performance or provide positive investment returns. Any decision to invest in any investment fund or other vehicle should only be considered after reviewing such fund’s most recent prospectus or other disclosure document and carefully considering the risks associated such investment. Horizon Kinetics or its subsidiaries may hold positions in securities comprising the Index.

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