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UNIBANCO BRASILEIROS S.A (UBB)

Unibanco-União de Bancos Brasileiros S.A. provides financial products and services to individual and corporate customers in Brazil. It operates in four segments: Retail Banking, Wholesale Banking, Insurance and Pension Plans, and Wealth Management. The Retail Banking segment provides various credit and noncredit products and services to individuals, and small and middle businesses, which include overdraft loans, consumer finance, credit cards, and various deposit accounts. The Wholesale Banking segment provides various products and services, including general and specialized corporate lending, trade finance, capital markets and investment banking services, investment and brokerage services, project finance, and mergers and acquisitions advice. It also provides noncredit products and services to large companies, which include cash management and receivables collection. The Insurance and Pension Plans segment provides life, auto, health and property, and casualty insurance coverage, as well as pensions and retirement plans; and related products and services to individuals and businesses. The Wealth Management segment offers, manages, and administers various investment funds and assets of corporations, private bank customers, foreign investors, and individuals. As of September 13, 2005, the company operated 908 branches and 392 corporate site branches. Unibanco's strategic partners include Magazine Luiza, Ponto Frio, Sonae Distribuição Brasil S.A., and Fiat do Brasil S.A. The company was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil. Unibanco-União de Bancos Brasileiros S.A. is a subsidiary of Unibanco Holdings S.A.


CREDICORP LTD (BAP)

Credicorp, Ltd., through its banking and nonbanking subsidiaries, provides various financial services and products in Peru and in selected international markets. It offers commercial banking services, including corporate and private banking services; corporate, consumer, micro-business, and mortgage loans, credit and debit cards; savings, deposits, overdrafts, foreign currency, and derivative products; structure financing; corporate leasing; and custody services. The company's insurance services include commercial property, transportation and marine hull, automobile, life, health, and pension fund underwriting insurance. It also offers investment banking services, including trading and brokerage services; asset management; treasury, foreign exchange, and proprietary trading and investment; and trust, custody, and securitization services. The company also invests in Peruvian government bonds, equity securities, bonds, Peruvian Central Bank certificate notes, and in other investments. As of December 31, 2004, it operated 309 branches. The company was formed in 1889 and is based in Lima, Peru.


ICICI BANK LIMITED (IBN)

ICICI Bank Limited provides banking products and financial services to corporate and retail customers primarily in India. It offers a range of products and services in the areas of commercial banking, investment banking, and insurance. The company's deposit products include time deposits, savings accounts, current accounts, payroll accounts, accounts for small businesses, nonresident Indian accounts, and certificates of deposit. The company's loan portfolio comprises home loans, automobile loans, two wheeler loans, commercial vehicle loans, construction equipment and farm equipment loans, personal loans, credit cards, loans against time deposits, loans against shares, leasing and related loans, consumer loans, project and corporate finance, and venture capital finance. It also offers private banking, debit cards, and agricultural financing products, as well as distributes third party investment products and issues unsecured redeemable bonds. Further, the company has interests in the software development, software services, insurance, and business process outsourcing businesses. ICICI Bank operates a network of approximately 573 branches and 2,000 automated teller machines. It also has operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Russia, Singapore, Bahrain, the Peoples' Republic of China, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. ICICI Bank was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in Mumbai, India.


ABN AMRO HOLDING N.V (ABN)

ABN AMRO Holding N.V., through its subsidiaries, provides various banking products and financial services worldwide. The company operates through Consumer & Commercial Clients, Wholesale Clients, Private Clients, Asset Management, and Group Functions segments. The Consumer & Commercial Clients segment provides consumer and commercial banking services for small to medium-sized businesses. It also offers residential mortgages. The Wholesale Clients segment offers commercial and investment banking products and services, including advisory, capital markets, financing, and transaction banking to corporate and institutional clients. The Private Clients segment offers private banking services to individuals and families, including a relationship manager-based advisory model with selective standardized services for particular client groups and a call center to serve smaller client groups. The Asset Management segment offers investment products in various regions and asset classes in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Australia. The Group Functions segment fulfills corporate governance, policymaking, and providing support services in specific business areas. In addition, the company offers a range of consumer loan products and programs, such as personal loans, home mortgages, credit cards, and home improvement loans. It originates and sells fixed rate mortgage loans to the government-sponsored entities and other investors. Further, ABN AMRO involves in the mortgage servicing activities that include collecting principal, interest, and escrow payments from borrowers; making tax and insurance payments on behalf of the borrowers; monitoring delinquencies and executing foreclosure proceedings; and accounting for and remitting principal and interest payments to the investors. As of December 31, 2004, the company operated a network of 3,870 offices and branches in 58 countries and territories. ABN AMRO Holdings was founded in 1825 and is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION (WBK)

Westpac Banking Corporation provides various retail and commercial banking, wealth management, and financial services in Australia and New Zealand. The company offers various financial products, including savings and check accounts, demand and term deposits, credit cards, and personal and housing loans to individuals and small to medium-size businesses. It also offers wealth management services, which include managed investments, such as mutual funds; personal and business superannuation, including pensions; life insurance; income protection; discount securities broking; margin lending; client portfolio administration, including Wrap platforms; and portfolio management and administration of corporate superannuation. In addition, the company provides banking, financial, and advisory services to corporate, institutional, and government customers. As of September 30, 2005, Westpac had 1,056 branches throughout Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. The company was founded in 1817. It was formerly known as the Bank of New South Wales and changed its name to Westpac Banking Corporation in 1982. Westpac is headquartered in Sydney, Australia.


NATL BK GREECE ADS (NBG)

National Bank of Greece S.A. and its subsidiaries provide commercial and retail banking products and services primarily in Greece and internationally. The bank engages in generating deposits and originating loans. Its deposit products include savings accounts, current accounts, demand deposits, and time deposits. The bank's loan portfolio comprises various consumer and commercial loans. It also provides global investment management, investment banking, insurance, investment activities, and securities trading. The bank primarily invests in the Greek government bonds, debt securities issued by other governments, and mortgage-backed securities. As of December 31, 2004, National Bank of Greece operated 227 full banking branches and 363 retail banking branches in Greece; and 27 foreign branches in 7 countries, including 15 in Serbia-Montenegro and 6 in Albania, as well as 1 each in the United Kingdom, Guernsey, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Egypt. The bank also operated four overseas representative offices, which included one office in Europe, two offices in Australia, and one office in Turkey, as of the same date. The bank was founded in 1841 and is headquartered in Athens, Greece.


BANCO LATINOAMERICANO DE EXPORTACIONES S.A (BLX)

Banco Latinoamericano de Exportaciones S.A. provides short-term trade financing to commercial banks in Latin America and the Caribbean. It advises and confirms letters of credit to facilitate foreign trade transactions, as well as issues stand-by letters of credit and guarantees to provide coverage for country risk. In addition, the company invests in bonds and impaired bonds. Banco Latinoamericano de Exportaciones was organized in 1977 and is headquartered in Panama City, Panama.


BANCO ITAU HOLDING FINANCEIRA SA (HOLDING CO) (ITU)

Banco Itau Holding Financeira S.A. offers banking services to individuals and corporations in Brazil and internationally. It provides a range of retail banking services, such as checking and savings accounts, and certificates of deposit; overdraft accounts, and consumer and personal loans; credit cards; property and casualty, and life insurance; automobile financing; private retirement plans; and asset management and capitalization plans for individuals and very small businesses, as well as provides personalized services to high-income individuals. The bank offers financial advisory services, financial consulting services, and a range of traditional banking and insurance products. Banco Itau also provides various financial products and services, such as deposit accounts, investment options, insurance, and private retirement plans, as well as credit products, such as investment capital loans, working capital loans, inventory financing, trade financing, foreign currency services, equipment leasing services, letters of credit, and guarantees to middle market customers. In addition, it offers portfolio management services for pension funds, corporations, private bank customers, and foreign investors; securities services for third parties in the Brazilian capital markets, as well as provides automobile, life, property, casualty, and health insurance. As of June 30, 2005, it operated a network of 2,290 branches in Brazil. The company has strategic alliance agreements with Banco BMG S.A. and America Online Latin America, Inc. Banco Itau Holding was founded in 1944 and is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


BANCO SANTIAGO S.A (SAN)

Banco Santander-Chile (bank) provides various financial products and services in Chile. The bank offers retail banking products, including consumer loans, credit cards, auto loans, commercial loans, foreign trade financing, and residential mortgage loans to individuals and businesses. It also provides various wholesale banking services, such as commercial lending, leasing, factoring, infrastructure construction financing, trade financing, financial advisory, foreign currency forward contracts, credit lines, and payment and cash management services to real estate, domestic, and multinational companies. In addition, the bank offers securities and insurance brokerage, mutual and investment funds management, investment banking, as well as treasury and risk management products and services. As of September 30, 2005, it operated 335 branches and 1,322 automated teller machines. The bank was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Santiago, Chile. Banco Santander-Chile is a majority owned subsidiary of Banco Santander Central Hispano S.A.


BANCO SANTANDER CENTRAL HISPANO S.A (STD)

Banco Santander Central Hispano, S.A. (BSCH) offers a range of financial products and services in Spain, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Latin America, and in other countries. The company operates in three segments: Retail Banking, Asset Management and Insurance (AMI), and Global Wholesale Banking (GWB). Retail Banking segment engages in customer banking businesses, which include deposit taking, personal loans and consumer finance, mortgage lending, bill discounting, leasing, factoring, mutual and pension funds distribution, life and nonlife insurance distribution, credit and debit card operations, remote banking services, automobile financing, money transfers, and various other products and services. AMI segment engages in the design and management of mutual and pension funds, and insurance products. GWB segment covers the company's corporate banking, treasury, and investment banking activities. The corporate banking activities include bill discounting, global cash management, treasury management, risk mitigation, trade finance, and correspondent banking services. The treasury operations manage money, foreign exchange, and fixed-income trading using conventional instruments and derivatives. Investment banking operations include brokerage, corporate finance, structured and project finance, and custody services. The company also operates in the area of financial management and equity stakes, which incorporates the centralized activities relating to equity stakes in industrial and financial companies; financial management of the structural exchange rate position; and management of liquidity and of shareholders' equity through issues and securitizations. As of June 30, 2005, BSCH operated 10099 branches. The company was formerly known as Banco Santander, S.A. and changed its name to Banco Santander Central Hispano, S.A. in 1999. BSCH is headquartered in Madrid, Spain.


BANK OF MONTREAL (BMO)

Bank of Montreal, and its subsidiaries, offers credit and noncredit products and services in North America. It operates through three segments: Personal and Commercial Client, Private Client, and Investment Banking. The Personal and Commercial Client Group provides personal and commercial banking solutions, including deposit accounts, loans and credit cards, insurance products, and personal investment products. It also offers various commercial banking products and services, including cash management, commercial and capital markets products, and financial advisory services, as well as credit and debit card transaction processing services. The Private Client Group offers wealth management products and services, including investing and wealth advisory services, online brokerage, private banking, and investment products. The Investment Banking Group offers various services, such as public and private debt and equity underwriting, corporate lending, securitization, cash management, risk management, and trade finance. It also provides financial advisory services in mergers, acquisitions, and restructurings; valuation and fairness opinions; and research, sales, and trading services to investing clients. This group also provides integrated debt, currency, interest rate, credit, and commodity solutions; credit investment management; and merchant banking services, including sourcing, structuring, and financing private equity investments. In addition, the Bank of Montreal provides telephone banking, online banking, and automated banking machine services. As of October 31, 2005 the bank operates through 968 bank branches, including instores in Canada and operated internationally in major financial markets and trading areas in eight other countries, including the United States. Bank of Montreal was founded in 1817 and is headquartered in Montreal, Canada.


CREDIT SUISSE GROUP (CS)

Credit Suisse Group operates as a financial services company. The company operates in three segments: Investment Banking, Private Banking, and Asset Management. The Investment Banking segment supplies investment banking and securities products and services to corporate, institutional, and government clients worldwide. This segment's products and services include debt and equity underwriting, sales and trading, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, corporate sales, restructuring, and investment research. The Private Banking segment offers investment advice; wealth management solutions, including pension planning, life insurance products, and tax and wealth planning; and inheritance advice, which is tailored to the needs of high-net-worth individuals. It also supplies banking products and services to high-net-worth, corporate, and retail clients in Switzerland. The Asset Management segment supplies products from the investment classes, such as money market, fixed-income, equities, balanced, and alternative investments to meet the needs of institutional, government, and private clients worldwide. The company was founded in 1856 and is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.


LLOYDS TSB GROUP PLC (LYG)

Lloyds TSB Group plc, through its subsidiaries, provides banking and financial services in the United Kingdom and internationally. It operates in three segments: the U.K. Retail Banking and Mortgages (RBM), Insurance and Investments, and Wholesale and International Banking (WIB). RBM segment offers banking, financial, mortgage, and private banking services to approximately 15 million personal customers. Its services include Internet banking, telephone banking, automated teller machine (ATM), savings accounts, current accounts, personal loans, credit cards, residential mortgage products, and a range of wealth management services and products, such as asset management, tax and estate planning, executor and trustee services, deposit taking and lending, insurance and personal equity plan, and individual savings account products. As of December 31, 2004, this segment operated 2200 branches and 4200 ATMs in England, Scotland, and Wales. Insurance and Investments segment offers life assurance, pensions and investment products, general insurance, and fund management services. WIB segment provides banking and related services for the United Kingdom and multinational companies, banks and financial institutions, and small and medium-sized businesses. It also provides asset finance and share registration services to personal and corporate customers. Lloyds TSB Group was incorporated in 1985 and is headquartered in London.


HSBC HOLDINGS PLC (HBC)

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GRUPO FINANCIERO GALICIA S.A (GGAL)

Grupo Financiero Galicia S.A. operates as the holding company for Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires S.A. (bank) and its subsidiaries. The bank offers various commercial banking products and services to corporations, medium- and small-sized companies, and individuals in Argentina. Its services include personal and corporate loans, deposit-taking, credit and debit cards, residential mortgage loans, fiduciary and custodial services, and electronic banking. The bank provides checking and savings accounts, foreign exchange brokerage, and payroll direct deposit, as well as offers certificates of deposit, mutual funds, investment banking, insurance distribution, and asset management services. It also provides credit for the acquisition of consumer goods and housing through personal loans, residential mortgages, pledge, and credit card loans. In addition, the bank offers private-banking and advisory services to medium- and high-net worth individuals; and manages collective investment portfolios, as well as provides international financing, foreign trade, and factoring services. As of December 31, 2004, it operated 223 branches, 563 automated teller machines, and 522 self-service terminals along with other electronic banking facilities, such as phone banking and e-banking. The company was founded in 1905 and is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


DEUTSCHE BANK AG (DB)

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft provides corporate and investment banking, private clients, and asset management products and services worldwide. The bank operates in The Corporate and Investment Bank (CIB), and Private Clients and Asset Management (PCAM) divisions. The CIB division serves global corporations, financial institutions, and sovereign and multinational organizations by originating, selling, structuring, and trading debt, equity, foreign exchange, commodities, derivative, and money market products. It also provides services covering program trading and index arbitrage, structured equity transactions, and equity prime services. In addition, this division offers mergers and acquisition, and general corporate finance advice; leveraged debt and equity origination services; loans and structured finance to corporate and institutional clients; cash management services; trade and risk management products; and custody services in Germany, as well as trust, payment, and administration services for debt and equity securities. The PCAM division provides private wealth management services to retail, private, and institutional clients. Its portfolio/fund management products include institutional fixed income and equity; mutual funds; and alternative investments, including hedge funds, real estate, and structured products. It also offers current accounts, time deposits and savings accounts, and secured and unsecured lending products; and payments, processing, and disposition of cash and noncash payments in local currency, international payments, letter of credits, guarantees, and other cash transactions. It also offers discretionary portfolio management services, building financing, consumer loans, and insurance products, as well as issues credit cards and processes credit card payments. The bank operated from 1,576 facilities, as of September 30, 2005. Deutsche Bank was founded in 1870 and is headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany.


BARCLAYS PLC (BCS)

Barclays PLC provides financial services worldwide. It offers retail and commercial banking, investment banking, wealth management, and investment management services. The company offers current accounts, savings, mortgages, consumer loans, and general insurance to personal and corporate customers worldwide; banking services to small businesses; banking, investment products, and advice to affluent customers in the United States and the United Kingdom; and provides relationship banking to large and medium business customers in the United Kingdom. It offers these services through branch network, automated teller machines, telephone banking, and online banking. Barclays offers private banking, offshore banking, stock broking and asset management services, as well as financial planning services to affluent, high net worth, and corporate clients primarily in the United Kingdom and continental Europe. It operates a multibrand credit card and consumer lending business that processes card payments for retailers and merchants; and issues cards to corporate customers. The company also operates Barclays Capital, a global investment bank, which engages in fixed income, foreign exchange, commodities, emerging markets, money markets sales, trading and research, prime brokerage, and equity related activities, as well as involves in the origination, sales, trading, and research relating to loans, debt capital markets, structured capital markets, commercial mortgage backed securities, private equity, and large asset leasing. In addition, Barclays offers structured investment strategies, such as indexing; global asset allocation; risk controlled active products, including hedge funds; and related investment services, such as securities lending, cash management, and portfolio transition services. The company was incorporated in 1896 as Barclay & Company Limited and its name was changed to Barclays Bank Limited in 1917 and to Barclays PLC in 1985. Barclays is headquartered in London.


UBS AG (UBS)

UBS AG engages in wealth management, investment banking and securities, asset management, and retail and commercial banking activities worldwide. The company provides wealth management services through consultative relationships with the company's clients. It offers investment banking and securities, such as equity, equity-linked, and equity derivative products, and fixed income securities, including government, mortgage-backed, corporate, and municipal bonds. UBS AG's asset management services provide investment management solutions to private clients, financial intermediaries, and institutional investors. The company's retail banking and services include banking and securities services in Switzerland. UBS AG also engages in private banking operations. The company was founded in 1862 and is based in Zurich, Switzerland.


ALLIED IRISH BANKS P.L.C (AIB)

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. provides a range of banking, financial, and related services, principally in Ireland, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Poland. It provides various savings and investment products, loans and overdrafts, home loans, home improvement loans, foreign exchange facilities, and a range of money transmission services, as well as issues Visa and Mastercard credit cards. The company also offers mortgages, retail bonds, mutual funds, treasury and capital market products, leasing and factoring facilities, foreign trade services, and asset management and stock broking services, as well as a range of financial planning services, including life assurance, savings and investment instruments, pensions, and inheritance tax planning. As of December 31, 2004, Allied Irish Banks operated from approximately 770 branches and outlets, principally in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Britain, and Poland. Its customers primarily include individuals, small and medium sized commercial customers, farmers, and the corporate sector. The company was founded in 1825 and is Dublin, Ireland.


MIZUHO FINANCIAL GROUP INC (MFG)

Mizuho Financial Group, Inc., through its subsidiary banks, provides various financial services, including banking, securities, and trust and asset management services in Japan and internationally. The company offers commercial banking services, foreign exchange transaction services, advisory services, capital markets financing services, syndicated loan services, and leverage and structure finance services. It also provides securities and investment banking services, such as underwriting and trading of bonds and equities. In addition, Mizuho Financial Group offers banking products and services, including housing and personal loans, credit cards, deposits, investment products, and consulting services, as well as offer products and services related to private banking, and trust and custody services. It offers its products and services primarily to individuals, small and medium sized enterprises, financial institutions, public sector entities, middle-market corporations, Japanese corporations, and foreign corporations. As of March 31, 2007, the company had 378 branches throughout Japan. Mizuho Financial Group is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.


MITSUBISHI UFJ FINANCIAL GROUP INC (MTU)

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries provide various financial services to retail and corporate customers in Japan and internationally. It offers various asset management and asset administration services, including savings instruments, such as current accounts, ordinary deposits, time deposits, deposits at notice, foreign currency deposit accounts, non-interest-bearing deposit accounts, and other deposit facilities. The company also provides trust products, such as loan trusts and money trusts; and other investment products, such as investment trusts, performance-based money trusts, and foreign currency deposits. It sells individual annuity insurance products comprising investment-type individual annuities, foreign currency denominated insurance annuities, and yen denominated fixed-amount annuity insurance products. In addition, the company provides various security products, such as public offerings, foreign and domestic investment trusts, Japanese government bonds, and foreign bonds; and housing loans, card loans, and other loans to individuals. It also offers its products and services through automated teller machine network; and telephone, mobile, and Internet banking. Further, the company provides advisory services to customers in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, inheritance-related business transfers, and stock listings; advices on financing methods to meet various financing needs, including loans with derivatives, corporate bonds, commercial paper, asset-backed securities, securitization programs, and syndicated loans; and arrangement services relating to private placements for medium-sized enterprise issuers and institutional investors. It also provides a range of services to corporate and other pension funds, including stable and secure pension fund management and administration, advice on pension schemes, and payment of benefits to scheme members. The company was founded in 1880 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.


SANTANDER BANCORP (SBP)

Santander Bancorp, through its wholly owned banking subsidiary, Banco Santander Puerto Rico (bank), offers various financial services to small and medium-size businesses, corporations, and individuals in Puerto Rico. It offers cash management, bank card products, letters of credit, and various foreign trade-related services, as well as provides mortgage banking services through its wholly owned subsidiary, Santander Mortgage Corporation. The company also offers broker-dealer and asset management services through its subsidiary, Santander Securities Corporation. Its other subsidiary, Santander Insurance Agency, offers insurance products and services, including life, disability, unemployment, and title insurance as a corporate agent; and also offers bid, payment and performance bonds, and insurance to cover equipment and auto leases as a general agent. The bank invests in the securities of Treasury and agencies of the United States Government; Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and its subdivisions; and mortgage-backed and foreign securities. As of September 30, 2005, it operated 65 branches and 150 automated teller machines. The company was founded in 1976 and is based in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Santander Bancorp is a majority owned subsidiary of Banco Santander Central Hispano, S.A.