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  • Investing in emerging market equities Europe 2019 - Developing and implementing strategies that balance risk and reward. download

    White papers 30 November 2019

    This FTSE Russell sponsored report features a myriad of interviews, white papers and a roundtable discussion. Divided into three sections: “tension, trade and trade wars”; “balancing risk and reward” and “the business growth-cycle” – it features contributors from establishments including VBV Pensionskasse, Aon Hewitt, APG Asset Management and Oxford Economics.

  • Blog | New futures tools help retail investors address US small-cap equity market volatility weblink

    White papers 14 November 2019

    New data from CME Group, Cboe and global index provider FTSE Russell shows a broader set of retail investors utilizing futures products to address US small-cap equity market volatility.

  • Blog | Whatever happened to the value premium?

    White papers 29 October 2019

    Despite a recent brief run up in September, US value stocks have been out of favor for some time now. With the US bull market going on almost 11 years, value stocks are struggling to keep up with their growth counterparts.

  • Blog | Trapped near zero: bond yields, zombies and unintended consequences weblink

    White papers 24 October 2019

    When Japanese interest rates first fell towards zero, the Japanese government yield curve steepened sharply as it was assumed temporary, and that interest rates and bond yields would rapidly “normalise” or mean revert at levels more typical of the 1980s and ’90s. With about a 20-year lag, the Eurozone now appears to be experiencing the same phenomenon, and has met similar policy responses.

  • Blog | Canada, climate change & fixed income markets weblink

    White papers 24 October 2019

    A new FTSE Russell index measuring the impact of climate change on global fixed income markets is revealing how Canada ranks compared to other developed nations on climate readiness and provides insight into the biggest climate-related risks facing Canadian investors.

  • Appraising home bias exposure download

    White papers 22 October 2019

    Studies have shown that pension funds have inherent biases to their domestic markets within their equity allocations. In this paper, FTSE Russell seeks to understand the impact of home bias in the equity allocations of five large pension fund markets—the US, UK, Japan, Canada, and Australia—by examining the extent of their home biases and analyzing their effects over a 12-year period.

  • Blog | A defining moment for US small-cap stocks weblink

    White papers 18 October 2019

    According to global index provider FTSE Russell, the US small-cap Russell 2000 Index has returned 6.6% annually over the past 20 years on a price basis as of September 30 as compared to a 4.6% annual price return for the US large-cap Russell 1000 Index for the same period.

  • Blog | Is economic pessimism nearing a nadir? weblink

    White papers 18 October 2019

    The rapid deterioration in leading indicators this year has cast a pall over equity markets and kept their performance relative to bonds in check. However, with financial conditions easing globally, are markets now underestimating the potential for the economic data to improve?

  • ETF Stream Big Call: Fixed Income weblink

    White papers 17 October 2019

    ETF Stream Big Call: Fixed Income (23 September 2019) Re-recorded presentation by Robin Marshall FTSE Russell Global Markets Research, Global Macroeconomic and Asset Allocation Insights - Developed and emerging market bonds in a low interest rate...

  • Blog | Value rally fails to disrupt defensive bias weblink

    White papers 14 October 2019

    Equity factors made a dramatic U-turn in September, capturing the mercurial and rapidly shifting appraisal of economic prospects across global markets. But we think it’s too early to call this a regime change.

  • Equity and Fixed Income Country Classification 2019: The headlines weblink

    White papers 1 October 2019

    We have just announced the results of the annual Country Classification Review for countries monitored by its global equity and fixed income indexes. Our approach to country classification is informed by feedback from a broad set of market participants and provides investors with a framework for evaluating and investing across asset classes in global equities and fixed income markets.

  • Blog | Measuring the benefits of including small caps & REITs in Mexican equity portfolios weblink

    White papers 26 September 2019

    The addition of small-caps and real estate investments trusts, or REITs, to Mexican equity portfolios can help improve diversification for investors.

  • Blog | Innovative China A share stocks have soared in 2019. Why?

    White papers 23 September 2019

    Created in 2009 by the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, the ChiNext Board has been referred to as “China’s Nasdaq” for the innovative and growth-oriented Chinese firms it has attracted over the last decade. And this growth potential has been recognized in 2019, as reflected by a nearly 37% (CNY) year-to-date return for the FTSE China A Innovative Enterprises Index*.

  • Blog | Index IDEA: What's holding back small caps? weblink

    White papers 21 August 2019

    While US small-cap stocks have had decent returns in 2019, they still lag US large caps, with a total return of 11.7% for the Russell 2000 Index relative to a 17% total return for the Russell 1000 Index.* So, what’s holding back US small caps and is it time to give the asset class a second look?

  • Blog | What we mean by emerging? weblink

    White papers 1 August 2019

    “It’s the economy, stupid” was a message posted onto the wall of a US presidential candidate’s war room in the early 1990s. The intention was to remind campaigners that the key message and battleground was economic wellbeing of the electorate.

  • Low Vol and Quality streets ahead as factor analysis reveals caution in market rally weblink

    White papers 30 July 2019

    Quality and Low Volatility were the strongest performers in Q2, according to our latest Regional Factor Indicator Report, illustrating that, even as equity markets moved higher, global growth worries tempered risk appetite. While Quality and Low Volatility – essentially defensive factors – performed well, Value and Size (smaller cap) fared worst in almost every market.

  • Vietnam’s star rises weblink

    White papers 25 July 2019

    Amid the trade tension that has been felt globally, one star in Asia has been glowing ever brighter. Vietnam has emerged as one of the fastest growing countries in the East. As shown in Chart 1, Vietnam’s real GDP growth was 7.1% in 2018, the highest growth rate in more than a decade and only beaten by India in the region.

  • Blog | What’s on tap for the “Goldilocks” US equity market in the second half? weblink

    White papers 19 July 2019

    As we enter the second half of 2019, Goldilocks continues to walk a tightrope as US investors balance the potential benefits of Fed easing with continued weak global leading economic indicators, lingering trade jitters and elevated valuations, says Alec Young, FTSE Russell managing director of global markets research.

  • Blog | Glass half full or half empty? Easing-cycle optimism outweighs macro worries weblink

    White papers 19 July 2019

    Equity markets have been rallying on the decisively dovish turn in Federal Reserve and European Central Bank positioning and optimism about the macro rewards such stimulus may bring. But, as highlighted in our latest overview of current macro conditions, we note a persistent mismatch between market expectations and incoming economic signals.

  • Blog | China A: Looking down the road weblink

    White papers 9 July 2019

    There’s an uplifting China story that is incredibly significant for global investors: the introduction of A Shares (available via the Northbound China Stock Connect Scheme Buy-and-Sell List)...

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