"IPD has been working in the State for four or five years and wehave been offering private benchmark work to investors," IanCullen, head of Systems and Information Standards and a foundingdirector of IPD, tells GlobeSt.com. "But it needs a publicface."

Additionally, IPD has needed to use "surrogate information" toinform clients about investment potential, Cullen says. It was timeto take the next step. Now that IPD will no longer need to rely onoutside information it is creating a kind of global powerhouse ofinformation. The national US index will fit into the company'sglobal index, due out next week, and will provide one standard ofmeasurement for all 24 markets it tracks.

With the launch of the index today, IPD has included figures forthe past 10 years, since the company first started activelyfollowing the US market place. Cullen tells GlobeSt.com the numbersshow a 9.9% capital appreciation over the past ten years, with anannual income return of 7.3%.

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