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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Van Eck Suspends Creation Orders of its Egypt ETF

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Since the Egyptian stock exchange is shut down during the protests, Van Eck [see profile] isn't creating new shares of its Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF, yet that isn't stopping investors from clamoring for the fund. InvestmentNews' Jessica Toonkel reports that, even though the ETF's returns 13.47 percent between January 26 and 28, its assets had climbed from $11.65 million on the 28 (Friday) to $24 million yesterday.

IndexUniverse research director Dave Nadig told INews that the ETF is investors' only access to the Egyptian market right now, which could explain the jump in demand.

Company Press Release

NEW YORK, NY (January 31, 2011) – Due to events in Egypt which have forced its stock exchange to close for an undetermined period, New York-based asset manager Van Eck Global will exercise its right to suspend creation orders of Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF (Ticker: EGPT). This follows the firm’s normal policy of suspending creation orders when the underlying market is closed for an extended period thereby helping to prevent the costs of creation activity to be borne by existing shareholders.

Redemption orders for the Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF will continue to be accepted as described in the prospectus.

The Fund expects to resume normal operations once the Egyptian Stock Exchange reopens.

More About Van Eck Global

Founded in 1955, Van Eck Associates Corporation was among the first U.S. money managers helping investors achieve greater diversification through global investing. Today the firm continues this 50+ year tradition by offering global investment choices in hard assets, emerging markets, precious metals including gold, and other specialized asset classes.

Market Vectors exchange-traded products have been offered by Van Eck Global since 2006 when the firm launched the nation’s first gold mining ETF. It also offers mutual funds, insurance trust funds, separate accounts and alternative investments. Designed for investors seeking innovative choices for portfolio diversification, Van Eck Global’s investment products are often categorized in asset classes having returns with lower correlations than to those of more traditional U.S. equity and fixed income investments.

Important Disclosure

The Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF is subject to a high degree of risk, including those associated with less reliable financial information, higher costs, taxation, decreased liquidity, less stringent reporting, and foreign currency risks. Special risks particular to Egypt investments include expropriation, political instability, economic impacts of armed conflict, civil war and severe social instability, less developed capital markets, lower market capitalization, lower trading volume, illiquidity, inflation, greater price fluctuations, uncertainty regarding the existence of trading markets, politically controlled access to trading markets, unsettled securities laws, and trade barriers. Investors should be willing to accept a high degree of volatility and the potential of significant loss. The Fund may loan its securities, which may subject it to additional credit and counterparty risk.

The Market Vectors Egypt Index (the “Index”) is the exclusive property of 4asset- management GmbH, which has contracted with Structured Solutions AG to maintain and calculate the Index. Structured Solutions AG uses its best efforts to ensure that the Index is calculated correctly. Irrespective of its obligations towards 4asset- management GmbH, Structured Solutions AG has no obligation to point out errors in the Index to third parties. Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by 4asset-management GmbH and 4asset-management GmbH makes no representation regarding the advisability of investing in the Fund.

Fund shares are not individually redeemable and will be issued and redeemed at their NAV only through certain authorized broker-dealers in large, specified blocks of shares called “creation units” and otherwise can be bought and sold only through exchange trading. Creation units are issued and redeemed principally in kind. Shares may trade at a premium or discount to their NAV in the secondary market.

Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal. Investors may call 1.888.MKT.VCTR or visit vaneck.com/egpt for a free prospectus. They should consider the investment objective, risks, and charges and expenses of Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other information. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing.

Van Eck Securities Corporation, Distributor, 335 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017 

Edited by: Neil Anderson, Managing Editor

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