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  • Blog | PRI: Five things we learned weblink

    White papers 20 September 2019

    The September PRI in Person event in Paris was huge on a number of levels. In his most recent blog David Harris, group head of sustainable business at FTSE Russell, gives his five key take-aways.

  • Blog | Interdependence Day - Considering new responses to issues around environment, development and globalisation. weblink

    White papers 9 September 2019

    In recent scientific research, it is suggested that the Anthropocene era – the first era in which human activity has been the dominant factor in shaping the environment on Earth – has initiated the sixth species mass extinction. Unsurprisingly, climate change is cited as the “biggest single threat to the economy” by many, including Henry Paulson, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve.

  • Blog | Climate change strategies: Beware obsolescence weblink

    White papers 6 September 2019

    Climate change is now central to politics and public discourse. But a surprising number of investors continue to take a business-as-usual approach to investing, presenting a blind spot that can put portfolios at risk. Those who are looking at the issue often find the debate framed around the risks of exposure to carbon-intensive industries, while the downside of missing out on the green success stories of the future are less discussed.

  • Blog | The future of index data: Having it your way weblink

    White papers 23 August 2019

    I believe the famous Burger King ad slogan, “Have it Your Way,” is very well understood across all consumer cultures because it so precisely expresses the experience all customers—regardless of the industry—desire. This standard for client experience has even crept into areas in market data once considered so complex that providers were limited in their ability to customise products and services to clients’ needs. First, consider how market data can be packaged.

  • 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.

  • Smart Sustainability: Examining regional appeal download

    White papers 25 July 2019

    There is rising interest in investment strategies with an environmental, social and governance (‘ESG’) focus. At the same time, asset owners are allocating steadily higher portfolio weightings to non-market-capitalization (‘smart beta’) index-based strategies. Unsurprisingly, therefore, investors tell us that they are interested in combining ESG with smart beta, a practice we’ve named Smart Sustainability...

  • Smart Sustainability: 2019 global survey findings from asset owners download

    White papers 25 July 2019

    For the last six years we’ve conducted and published the FTSE Russell Smart Beta survey of asset owners. With each passing year we learn more details about asset owners’ awareness, attitudes and behavior related to smart beta, and we continue to adapt the questionnaire to accommodate emerging trends and areas of investment interest to our clients and the global asset owner community.

  • Blog | The climate is right for fixed income sustainability weblink

    White papers 8 July 2019

    Bond markets are three times larger than equity markets, so it’s surprising that while sustainable equity investment strategies have caught the imagination of investors across the globe, they have so far less successfully ignited fixed income investing.

  • Blog | The rise of Smart Sustainability: Size matters. Location matters. weblink

    White papers 2 July 2019

    Why do asset owners combine ESG and smart beta to achieve their institutional investment goals?

  • Practical considerations for listed infrastructure download

    White papers 18 June 2019

    Infrastructure is an investment category often seen by investors as a diversification tool that can provide a hedge to long-term liabilities by offering exposure to potentially stable returns and steady income. FTSE Russell defines core infrastructure companies as those that own, manage or operate structures or networks used for the processing or moving goods, services, information and data, people, energy and necessities from one location to another.

  • Blog | Why pension schemes can lead on climate change; Mersey’s long horizon weblink

    Asset Manager News 28 May 2019

    The long-term investment timeframe that pension schemes take poses enormous challenges but can also lead to innovative investment approaches to difficult issues. In this guest Q&A, Owen Thorne, portfolio manager, monitoring & responsible investment at the Merseyside Pension Fund (MPF) explains how the Fund approached the climate change challenge.

  • 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.

  • 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 | 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 ...

  • 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.

  • 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 | 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 | Gender equality – more to be done across the board weblink

    White papers 6 March 2019

    International Women’s Day presents a great opportunity every year to take stock on progress in the long march toward gender equality. Investors, companies and governments around the world have made headlines with their efforts to achieve better gender balance. Yet, studies demonstrate that there is still much progress to be made, signalling that it’s time to focus on more powerful and collaborative approaches to addressing gender imbalance.

  • FTSE Russell Blog weekly recap 15th Feb 2019 download

    Asset Manager News 15 February 2019

    Transitioning a portfolio to address ESG risks and opportunities can appear daunting. Here are five insights that may help.

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