About the HSBC Trade Confidence IndexThe HSBC Trade Confidence Index (TCI) is an international survey of small and mid-market businesses engaged in cross-border trade and the largest trade confidence survey globally. The TCI has been commission by HSBC and is conducted by TNS. The TCI is drawn from the viewpoints on trade of 5,800 exporters, importers and traders from small and mid-market enterprises globally. Views were gathered from April 10, 2012 through June 1, 2012 for the latest TCI, the seventh. About HSBC Commercial Banking HSBC Commercial Banking serves more than 3.5 million customers, from small enterprises to large multinationals, in over 60 developed and emerging markets around the world. Whether it is working capital, trade finance or payments and cash management solutions, we provide the tools and expertise that businesses need to thrive. With a heritage stretching back nearly 150 years, and a network covering three quarters of global commerce, we make HSBC the world’s leading trade and business bank. For more information visit: www.hsbc.com/1/2/business-and-commercial About HSBC Bank USA, N.A. HSBC Bank USA, National Association, with total assets of $194 billion as of 30 June 2012 (US GAAP), serves 3.1 million customers through its personal financial services, commercial banking, private banking, asset management, and global banking and markets segments. It operates more than 300 bank branches throughout the United States. There are over 200 in New York state as well as branches in Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, California, Delaware, Oregon and Washington State. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is the principal subsidiary of HSBC USA Inc., an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of HSBC North America Holdings Inc. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is a member of the FDIC. About HSBC Holdings plc HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of the HSBC Group, is headquartered in London. The Group serves customers worldwide from around 6,900 offices in over 80 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, North and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa. With assets of US$2,652bn at 30 June 2012, the HSBC Group is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations.