The neck-and-neck performances of the Russell 1000 and Russell 2000 in 2020 (up 21% and 20%, respectively) masks the intense swings in leadership between the two indexes as the COVID-19 crisis unfolded.
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In a year marked by many twists and turns, the renewed dominance of US growth stocks in recent months arguably ranks among the most dramatic.
Natural resources companies are prominent constituents of the FTSE UK Index, resulting in a relatively high carbon emissions and carbon reserves intensity score for the index. At the same time, the UK index has a fairly high ESG rating overall, with very few stocks averaging a higher ESG rating and low carbon emissions intensity at the same time.
Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs) are frequently confused by all but the most sophisticated investors with Collateralised Debt Obligations (CDOs), which were seen by many as the cause of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). As market confidence took a nose-dive last year during the COVID pandemic , many observers feared that complex-sounding products, with complex or opaque-sounding names, would be the first dominos to fall in a repeat of the systemic problems of 2008.
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