Russell 1000 leads Russell 2000 in stampede to safety

The outperformance of US large caps over their small-cap peers that began last June persisted through the March 2020 turmoil, underpinned by the extreme investor run for safer ground. The Russell 1000 fell 20.2% in Q1 2020, versus a drop of 30.6% for the Russell 2000. While both indexes enjoyed sharp rebounds in late March, only the Russell 1000 is back in positive territory for the longer term (up 4.9% since January last year). The Russell 2000 remains deeply in the red (down 12.9% for the same period).

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