While the 2020 picture looks promising for US small-cap equities, according to market experts at FTSE Russell and Cboe, a number of risks still lurk on the horizon for investors.
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A debate is brewing as to whether headline (or “top-down”) Sustainable Investment (SI) targets, such as carbon emission reductions or ESG uplifts, are inconsistent with stock level (or “bottom-up”) conditions required for successful corporate engagement.
China’s arrival in global indexes changes the nature of the asset allocation decision for global investors benchmarked against them. Investors may now need reasons to justify not investing strategically in Chinese government bonds, rather than a justification for doing so tactically when they were not included in benchmark indexes.
Last Friday we announced preliminary changes to the Russell US Indexes for our 33rd annual Russell Reconstitution. More than $10 trillion is benchmarked to these indexes—and the annual “Russell Recon” is critical to ensuring they accurately represent the ever-changing US equity market.
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