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  • 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.

  • Blog | 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.

  • 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.

  • The Carry Concept - FTSE Fixed Income Factor Research Series download

    White papers 22 May 2019

    As a well-known concept to practitioners and academics, carry has been leveraged in the currency markets for decades. With the understanding of such FX carry trades becoming established, recent academic publications have explored this concept cross-markets and showcased evidence of the carry premium across other asset classes.  The “carry and roll-down” concept in fixed income Targeting carry in sovereign markets Extending to corporate bonds. Real ...

  • Fallen Angels in the US credit market download

    White papers 22 May 2019

    Characteristics, historical performance and differences between the current credit cycle and earlier regimes...

  • FTSE Russell China Bond Research Report Q1 2019 download

    White papers 22 May 2019

    Highlights from the May report:  Total holdings of Chinese bonds by offshore investors rose in Q1 of 2019. Offshore investors held 1.76 trillion RMB (US$263 billion) worth of bonds at the end of March, according to data released by Shanghai Clearing House and China Central Depository and Clearing Co, marking a 34.3 billion RMB (US$5.1 billion USD) rise compared to end-December 2018. Some of China’s largest companies have defaulted on their debt ...

  • 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.

  • FTSE Fixed Income Factor Research Series - The Carry Concept download

    White papers 21 May 2019

    As a well-known concept to practitioners and academics, carry has been leveraged in the currency markets for decades. With the understanding of such FX carry trades becoming established, recent academic publications have explored this concept cross-markets and showcased evidence of the carry premium across other asset classes.

  • 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.

  • Blog | 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.

  • 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 | 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.

  • 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 weblink

    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.

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