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  • Blog | Corporates seek tools to reduce pension plan risk weblink

    White papers 2 August 2019

    Global market volatility and low interest rates have greatly impacted the funded status of corporate defined benefit plans over the past decade. Particularly in the last year, wide swings in equity markets have become less predictable, making funded status volatility a greater cause for concern.

  • 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.

  • FTSE Russell China Bond Research Report Q2 2019 download

    White papers 29 July 2019

    A quarterly report by FTSE Russell that provides insights into the China bond market, including performance of the FTSE Russell China Bond Indexes.

  • 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.

  • 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 | 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 | Are the Eurozone and ECB turning Japanese…? weblink

    White papers 16 July 2019

    ECB President Draghi recently stated his concerns about the slowdown in the Eurozone economy and noted that the ECB still has plenty of scope to expand its QE asset purchase program (Sintra, Portugal, June 19) if required.

  • 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)...

  • 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 | Then and now: Dramatic US economic shifts weblink

    White papers 2 July 2019

    Service sectors now outweigh manufacturing sectors by about three to one.  What more can the Russell 3000 tell us about economic change?

  • 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?

  • Blog | Record Russell Rebalance rejiggers top stock and rings in high profile market movers weblink

    White papers 1 July 2019

    Largest stocks rejiggered and high profile market movers welcomed…….. Apple is no longer ‘largest stock’ for the first time in seven years.Russell Reconstitution top-line stats reported on blog...

  • Blog | ‘Gen Z’ comes to Russell 1000 Index as Russell Rebalance near weblink

    White papers 26 June 2019

    In its recent announcement on projected changes for the Russell US Indexes at this year’s Russell Reconstitution, FTSE Russell highlighted that recent IPOs Uber (UBER), Lyft (LYFT) and direct listing Spotify (SPOT) are among a list of notable new market entrants expected to directly enter the US large-cap Russell 1000® Index at this year’s Russell US Indexes Reconstitution.

  • Blog | 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 | Three risks to the “Powell Put” feel-good moment weblink

    White papers 24 June 2019

    Risk appetite has been swinging from concern about slowing global growth and profits to optimism that aggressive Fed easing was just around the corner. Optimism appears to have won the day, at least for now. Hints last week of the Fed’s readiness to cut rates sparked a global equity rally, with US stocks notching new highs.

  • 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).

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