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  • 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 | 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.

  • Fallen Angels in the US credit market download

    White papers 22 May 2019

    A Fallen Angel is a corporate, or sovereign, bond downgraded from Investment Grade (IG) (minimum rating of BBB- with S&P, Moody’s or Fitch) to a High Yield credit rating (of BB , or below with S&P, Moody’s or Fitch). Thus, the downgrade from Investment Grade (IG) to High Yield (HY) is far more significant than a downgrade for a bond staying within the same asset class. Fallen Angels tend to have higher credit-beta than other HY issues as a result.

  • 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 | The US yield curve is not a broken recession indicator weblink

    White papers 16 May 2019

    Suggestions that inverted yield curve is an unreliable indicator of pending recession are exaggerated, says Robin Marshall...

  • 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 | 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 | 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.

  • International investment and the US dollar download

    White papers 11 September 2017

    In 2015 FTSE Russell launched a series of international equity indexes for the USD-based investor that are 50% USD hedged to help investors evaluate their currency exposures and their hedging strategies when investing in foreign equities.

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