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  • China A Shares inclusion – seven key points weblink

    White papers 24 June 2019

    As of Monday June 24, China A Shares are included in FTSE Russell’s flagship FTSE Global Equity Index Series (GEIS) benchmarks. Investors and markets have followed the process closely and it has made headlines around the world. But what are the main points?

  • Blog | Microsoft tops Apple as Russell Rebalance nears weblink

    White papers 20 June 2019

    In its recent announcement on projected changes for the Russell US Indexes at this year’s Russell Reconstitution, FTSE Russell highlighted that Microsoft (MSFT) gained nearly 30% market cap since last year’s Russell rebalance through May 10 rank day to become the largest US stock in the Russell US Indexes this year with a total market cap of $974.2 billion.

  • Blog | China A Shares inclusion: The end of the beginning (not the beginning of the end) weblink

    White papers 20 June 2019

    One development that emerging market equity investors have been watching with interest this year is the inclusion of China A Shares in the FTSE Global Equity Index Series (FTSE GEIS).

  • US equity markets hit all-time high as Russell Recon nears weblink

    White papers 14 June 2019

    In its recent announcement on projected changes for the Russell US Indexes at this year’s Russell Reconstitution, FTSE Russell highlighted that total US equity market capitalization reached approximately $31.7 trillion at this year’s Russell Reconstitution May 10 rank day, up 3% from $30.7 trillion total market cap last year.

  • Blog | Mind the cap when investing overseas weblink

    White papers 7 June 2019

    On Monday, June 24, global index provider FTSE Russell will add the China A shares of approximately 1,090 Chinese mainland stocks to the FTSE Global Equity Index Series. Notably, more than one third of these stocks (376) are small cap, with the rest qualifying as mid- and large-cap.

  • Blog | What have you done with my small cap premium? weblink

    White papers 6 June 2019

    Academic research has demonstrated the existence of what is known as the “size” or “small-cap” premium beginning over 30 years ago. Today many investors take it as given that small stocks will outperform large stocks based on this foundational principle of finance. It is a rational expectation, since small stocks are demonstrably more risky than larger stocks, so they should provide investors with additional compensation for bearing this risk in the form of extra return.

  • Blog | Is it a good time to be in the stock market? weblink

    White papers 29 May 2019

    As we enter this year’s annual Russell rebalancing process (also known as the Russell Reconstitution), investors may be interested to know that it has been 35 years since the Russell indexes were created, and the original guiding principles behind the rebalancing process and other features of the Russell indexes have stayed constant over the years.

  • Market volatility: When defense can be the best offense weblink

    White papers 24 May 2019

    It would be tough to argue that low market volatility hasn’t had a good run. But between the selloff at the end of last year and the more recent turbulence triggered by trade war concerns, it would appear we could be nearing the end of this era of relative market tranquility.

  • Blog | ChiNext: Rising stars inclusion in our China A Shares implementation weblink

    White papers 21 May 2019

    Back in September of 2018 we announced the inclusion of China A Shares into our indexes—a move that takes effect in June. The FTSE Global Equity Index Series (GEIS) China A implementation opens up a range of China stocks to investors globally. One interesting detail about it is that ChiNext stocks will be included.

  • Blog | US-China standoff catches US economy at low ebb weblink

    White papers 20 May 2019

    The pickup in headline first-quarter US GDP growth sent out false signals about the underlying health of the US economy, as a closer analysis reveals. And the recent flare-up in US-China trade tensions isn’t helping.

  • Blog | Index IDEA: US cap tiers are running neck and neck weblink

    White papers 13 May 2019

    It’s been a real horse race between US large- and small-cap stock index performance in 2019, with both posting strong double-digit gains year-to-date ( 16.2% for the Russell 1000 Index and 17.2% for the Russell 2000 Index as of May 10). And according to our new insight, each is benefitting from its own unique macroeconomic drivers.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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