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SSB Citi Launches New Family of Index Funds

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SSB Citi Asset Management Group, the money management division of Citigroup, announced the launch of 11 new index funds. The new offerings are the first no-load index funds ever to be introduced by SSB Citi, which has two other U.S. mutual fund brands - Smith Barney and Salomon Brothers - that are load-fund families.

 

Fund name Benchmark Index Expense ratio
Citi S&P 500 Index Shares S&P 500 Index
0.34%
Citi US 5000 Index Shares Wilshire 5000 Index
0.48%
Citi US 1000 Index Shares Russell 1000 Index
0.50%
Citi Small Cap Index Shares Russell 2000 Index
0.55%
Citi Nasdaq-100 Index Shares Nasdaq-100 Index
0.55%
Citi International Index Shares MSCI EAFE Free Index
0.65%
Citi Global Titans Index Shares Dow Jones Global Titans Index
0.60%
Citi Technology Index Shares Goldman Sachs Technology Index
0.75%
Citi Financial Services Index Shares Goldman Sachs Sector Index - Financials
0.75%
Citi Health Sciences Index Shares Goldman Sachs Sector Index - Healthcare
0.75%
Citi US Bond Index Shares Lehman Brothers Aggregate Bond Index
0.40%

Source: SSB Citi Asset Management Group

SSB Citi said that it is aware that many fans of indexing prefer the do-it-yourself nature and ease of online transactions. With this in mind, SSB Citi launched a new online investing site, www.mycititrade.com, where the new funds will be available with no service charges. The site also has a prospectus that provides information about the funds in the new CitiFunds Index Series listed above.

"For those investors who prefer to invest all or a portion of their assets directly in mutual funds without sales charges, these funds together with Cititrade offer convenience, low-cost, and a wide range of investment choice," said Laurie Hesslein, Head of U.S. Mutual Funds at SSB Citi.

SSB Citi also announced that it has inked a license agreement with Fortune to launch two new index funds based on the Fortune 500 and Fortune e-50 stock indexes. The new funds will have expense ratios of 0.43% and 0.75%, respectively, and will be launched on November 27.

"We feel the Fortune 500 and Fortune e-50 indexes are powerful benchmarks for investors who desire exposure to large-cap stocks and promising new economy stocks," said Thomas W. Jones, CEO of SSB Citi.