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James Colby to Speak at Bloomberg State & Muni Finance Conference

Conference to Address Key Issues of the State & Municipal Bond Market

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- James Colby, Senior Municipal Strategist and Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income Investments with Market Vectors ETFs, announced today that he will participate in the “Relative Value: Municipal Bonds & Other Fixed Income Asset Classes” panel during the Bloomberg State & Municipal Finance Conference on Wednesday, October 3 in New York City. Colby, who oversees Van Eck’s Market Vectors municipal bond ETFs, and who blogs regularly about the muni landscape on Muni Nation, will be sharing his thoughts on the outlook for municipal bonds as U.S. Treasury yields remain at all-time lows.

The full-day Conference at Lighthouse International will convene public sector policy makers, labor leaders, pension fund managers, institutional investors and issuers to debate current issues central to state and municipal finance and evaluate opportunities for investors and participants in the municipal bond market.

“Despite some high-profile predictions to the contrary, the municipal bond marketplace has continued to grow and thrive in recent years, and municipal bonds continue to be an important component of many investors’ search for yield,” said Colby. “I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to share my thoughts with the attendees at this week’s conference.”

Among other topics, speakers will discuss recent recommendations by the Securities and Exchange Commission for improving the structure of the municipal securities market; the impact of municipal bankruptcies; new opportunities for revenue through private and public partnerships; and what lies ahead in the fourth quarter. Additionally, state treasurers, local government officials and economic experts will discuss the state of the market and opportunities in places such as Delaware, Illinois, Kansas City and Virginia.

“As the political season heats up, state and municipal finance issues continue to be top-of-mind as Americans are deciding who they want as representation on the local, state and federal levels,” said Robert Bierman, head of Bloomberg LINK. “During this Conference, attendees will hear from a range of experts on the most important issues facing state and municipal governments and leave with insight into opportunities upon which they can act.”

This Conference is sponsored by National Public Finance Guarantee, DIVER by Lumesis, Trident Municipal Research and Assured Guaranty.

For more information on the program and speakers, please visit: http://www.bloomberglink.com/muni-ny. The hashtag for this event is #BBmuni.

About Market Vectors ETFs

Market Vectors exchange-traded products have been offered since 2006 and span many asset classes, including equities, fixed income (municipal and international bonds) and currency markets. The Market Vectors family currently totals $24.8 billion in assets under management, making it the fifth largest ETP family in the U.S. and eighth largest worldwide as of August 31, 2012.

Market Vectors ETFs are sponsored by Van Eck Global. Founded in 1955, Van Eck Global was among the first U.S. money managers helping investors achieve greater diversification through global investing. Today, the firm continues this tradition by offering innovative, actively managed investment choices in hard assets, emerging markets, precious metals including gold, and other alternative asset classes. Van Eck Global has offices around the world and manages approximately $33.9 billion in investor assets as of August 31, 2012.

About Bloomberg LINK

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