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Insights | Incorporating diversity into passive investments

FTSE Russell designed the FTSE Women on Boards Leadership Index Series to help investors and other market participants integrate leadership in gender diversity into a broad market benchmark. These indexes increase exposure to companies based on the strength of their gender diversity leadership at the board level and how well they manage wider impacts on society. This is achieved by the use of a tilt (or stock weight adjustment), to integrate gender diversity and social impacts.

Around the globe, new initiatives—both public and private—promoting greater representation of women on corporate boards of directors have shone a spotlight on the issue of gender diversity in corporate leadership. British governmental leaders and groups have set specific goals to increase female representation on corporate boards. Lord Mervyn Davies set the latest target in 2015: companies in the FTSE 350 Index to achieve 33% female representation on the boards of constituent companies by 2020. In the US, perhaps the most notable initiative is the 2020 Women on Boards group, whose goal of women comprising 20% of corporate board membership by the year 2020 was reportedly achieved in late 2017.

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  • Appraising home bias exposure

    Appraising home bias exposure

    White papersTue, 22 Oct 2019

    Studies have shown that pension funds have inherent biases to their domestic markets within their equity allocations. In this paper, FTSE Russell seeks to understand the impact of home bias in the equity allocations of five large pension fund markets—the US, UK, Japan, Canada, and Australia—by examining the extent of their home biases and analyzing their effects over a 12-year period.

  • Why climate change also matters for government bond investing

    Why climate change also matters for government bond investing

    White papersMon, 21 Oct 2019

    Henry Odogwu, Head of the asset owner group Europe at FTSE Russell discusses how European asset owners are looking to extend environmental, governance and social (ESG) considerations beyond equity into fixed income

  • Benchmarking the Value of Indexes Among Active Managers

    Blog | Benchmarking the Value of Indexes Among Active Managers

    White papersMon, 21 Oct 2019

    Active managers primarily use index data to benchmark investment performance, but a new study by Greenwich Associates suggests there are significant opportunities for active managers to derive more value from data and partnerships with index providers.

  • A defining moment for US small-cap stocks

    Blog | A defining moment for US small-cap stocks

    White papersFri, 18 Oct 2019

    According to global index provider FTSE Russell, the US small-cap Russell 2000 Index has returned 6.6% annually over the past 20 years on a price basis as of September 30 as compared to a 4.6% annual price return for the US large-cap Russell 1000 Index for the same period. 

  • Is economic pessimism nearing a nadir?

    Blog | Is economic pessimism nearing a nadir?

    White papersFri, 18 Oct 2019

    The rapid deterioration in leading indicators this year has cast a pall over equity markets and kept their performance relative to bonds in check. However, with financial conditions easing globally, are markets now underestimating the potential for the economic data to improve?

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