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  • Index IDEA: US small caps gain strength in 2019 as new investor tools emerge weblink

    White papers 10 May 2019

    After underperforming US large cap stocks by more than 6% in 2018—and more than 8% over the past year as of May 3—US small cap stocks have changed course in 2019, gaining 20.2% relative to an 18.7% return for US large cap stocks through May 3.

  • FTSE Russell’s Guide to Indexes and ETFs - Why understanding indexes matters so much weblink

    White papers 7 May 2019

    The right Exchange Traded Funds (ETF), start with the right index. ETF due diligence importantly begins with analyzing and understanding the underlying benchmark used. Whether advising clients or selecting investments for client portfolios, the insight provided in FTSE Russell’s Guide to Indexes and ETFs is designed to help you understand indexes and passive strategies to make better informed decisions.

  • Blog | US equities reach new highs despite persistent global economic angst weblink

    Asset Manager News 3 May 2019

    Global equity markets rose in April as easier global financial conditions, signs that China’s slowdown may be bottoming, and better-than-expected US economic data and first-quarter earnings helped buoy risk appetite. However, uncertainty persists over the status of the global economy.

  • Blog | Building solid returns with developed core infrastructure weblink

    Asset Manager News 29 April 2019

    At the end of last year, I posted about how FTSE Russell is meeting the rising demand for developed core infrastructure indexes. The continued environment of yield scarcity had a growing number of investors turning to this asset class for its income-generating potential, and our FTSE Developed Core Infrastructure Index gave them a means to benchmark their returns.

  • Did you know that sustainable investment AUM has now reached US$31 Trillion? weblink

    White papers 29 April 2019

    New Global Sustainable Investment Alliance report says global sustainable investment AUM has reached new heights with US$31 trillion in assets identified as having some form of ESG approach applied to them. This dynamic graphic made for desktop and devices, gives a short history of sustainable investment innovation. Journeying from 2001 (early days of SI) to 2018 (ESG integration becomes the norm), we look at innovations in three categories:  FTSE Russell product development ...

  • Blog | Markets wrestle with late-cycle crosswinds weblink

    Asset Manager News 25 April 2019

    In a rare tug of war, both equities and government bonds have rallied this year as financial markets wrestle with the implications of a synchronized global slowdown.

  • Blog | Index IDEA: Equal weight, unequal performance weblink

    Asset Manager News 24 April 2019

    Equal weight is considered by many to be one of the oldest and most time-tested approaches to reduce portfolio concentration and enhance diversification. But how have equal weighted approaches stacked up relative to traditional market cap weighted approaches for long-term risk-adjusted performance? Quite well, in fact, according to new research from FTSE Russell.

  • Blog | Infrastructure REITs: A match made in low yield environment heaven weblink

    Asset Manager News 18 April 2019

    For a brief period, it appeared that the extended low yield environment of today might at last be coming to a close. But the Fed’s about-face to a more dovish stance on interest rates has investors again searching for yield, giving a boost to income-producing investments. Two asset classes that have benefited in particular are REITs and Infrastructure, and the combination of them—Infrastructure REITs—have performed notably better than broader REIT and equity indexes.

  • Four factors fueling Europe’s ETF fixed income surge weblink

    White papers 11 April 2019

    ETF usage among institutional investors in Europe has been on the rise, and fixed income ETFs have been a key driver behind this growth. European institutions surveyed in a recent Greenwich Associates study indicated that fixed income ETFs as a percentage of their portfolios more than doubled from 2017 to 2018.1 As fixed income ETF inflows in Europe continue to pick up steam, we’ve identified four primary reasons behind this trend.

  • Blog | Index IDEA: The global equity bounce back weblink

    Asset Manager News 27 March 2019

    Following a challenging 2018 for equity markets around the world, global equity markets have bounced back in a major way thus far in 2019, helped by the rapid easing in global financial conditions led by the US Federal Reserve’s more accommodative policy stance.

  • China's retail investment market: Implications for minimum variance weblink

    Asset Manager News 25 March 2019

    Accessing the China A-Shares Market Via Minimum-Variance Investing (recently published in the Journal of Portfolio Management) explains how minimum variance strategies may work in historically volatile markets such as China.

  • Blog | Deteriorating revenue and EPS growth outlook remains key market headwind weblink

    Asset Manager News 21 March 2019

    Despite broadly easing financial conditions, slowing global growth and pervasive geopolitical uncertainties pose greater hurdles for revenues and profits—and risk appetite—following the recent rally.

  • Accessing the China A-shares market via minimum-variance investing weblink

    White papers 21 March 2019

    In the last 10 years, the concept of the minimum-variance (MV) portfolio has successfully evolved from an academic topic of discussion to an implementable investment theme. Currently, a significant number of investment mandates or products have embraced the concept and allocated financial resources to MV investing. The concept of MV investing is applicable in a variety of geographical regions, but despite its wide applications, MV investing is still a relatively new topic in the China ...

  • Webcast | Managing Volatility: Index approaches for a smoother ride video

    White papers 20 March 2019

    In this webinar Marlies van Boven, PhD, Managing Director Research & Analytics, FTSE Russell examines what popular indexed-based strategies can do to help limit the impact of portfolio volatility and mitigate risk.

  • Dynamic evolution in low carbon investing

    White papers 19 March 2019

    As efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions gather pace, the industrial foundations of society are facing a transformation. From the light bulb to the car, from everyday materials like plastics to cement, even our diets will have to adapt in profound ways to make the low carbon economy a reality and to avoid the worst impacts of global climate change.

  • Russell 1000 Equal Weight Index: Equal weighting refined download

    White papers 19 March 2019

    Equal weighting is known as one of the oldest and time-tested approaches to reduce concentration risk and enhance diversification.

  • FTSE Russell China Bond Research Report Q4 2018 download

    White papers 19 March 2019

    China’s US$12 trillion bond market is projected to double in size in the next four years to about US$24 trillion, according to Goldman Sachs. Chinese Government Bonds (CGBs) are forecast to account for an estimated US$4 trillion of that market by the end of 2022...

  • Blog | Hanging in the rebalance: What to expect for FTSE GEIS in March weblink

    White papers 15 March 2019

    At the open of March 18, 2019, FTSE Russell’s semiannual rebalance of its flagship global equity indexes, the FTSE Global Equity Index Series (FTSE GEIS) and derived indexes, including the well- known FTSE All-World Index, will take effect.

  • Blog | Multi-asset: What’s in a name? weblink

    White papers 12 March 2019

    In order to bring some rigor to the process, FTSE Russell takes a volatility-based definition, which we believe cuts through the noise and focuses on what the indexes measure.

  • Blog | Factor valuation considerations weblink

    White papers 7 March 2019

    The increasing popularity of factor investing has raised questions about the valuation of factors. As with individual stocks, there is no definitive valuation metric that provides a clear answer, and different valuation metrics may well result in different conclusions. Join Sergiy Lesyk, director of Applied Research at FTSE Russell, to learn more about the merits and pitfalls of different measures and approaches.

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