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WisdomTree Launches International Hedged Dividend Growth Fund (IHDG) And Europe Dividend Growth Fund (EUDG)

Demonstrating Continued Leadership in Currency Hedged ETFs

Expanding Forward-Looking Dividend Growth Screens To Key Regions

Expanding Suite of Europe-Focused Funds

NEW YORK, May 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WisdomTree (Nasdaq:WETF), an exchange-traded product ("ETP") sponsor and asset manager, today announced the launch of the WisdomTree International Hedged Dividend Growth Fund (IHDG), and the WisdomTree Europe Dividend Growth Fund (EUDG) on the NYSE Arca.

Expanding The WisdomTree Currency Hedged Equity and Dividend Growth Families

Jeremy Schwartz, WisdomTree Director of Research, commented, "During the past year, we continue to see investor interest in currency hedged strategies, including the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (DXJ) and the WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity Fund (HEDJ). We believe that a currency-hedged exposure to the broader-based developed world may be attractive to certain investors."

In an environment that could see significant strength in the U.S. dollar, IHDG can provide investors international exposure while attempting to avoid the risk of currency depreciation.

IHDG is designed to provide exposure to dividend-paying stocks of companies with growth characteristics in the developed world (excluding Canada and the U.S.), while neutralizing exposure to fluctuations of the value of foreign currencies relative to the U.S. dollar. IHDG has an expense ratio of 0.58%.

Useful Addition to WisdomTree's Suite of European-Focused Funds

European markets have recently performed well, with many focusing on the economic recovery, resulting in a prominent surge of recent inflows into European focused funds.

"For those who believe the recovery in Europe is in its early stages and there are greater prospects for earnings and dividend growth, EUDG provides access to dividend growth opportunities in Europe," Schwartz said. "Moreover, the launch of EUDG could be of particular interest to investors who have historically appreciated a higher quality bias in their investment approach. Many investors in international equities desire to take currency exposure, and EUDG provides this exposure."

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