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  • The Carry Concept - FTSE Fixed Income Factor Research Series download

    White papers 22 May 2019

    As a well-known concept to practitioners and academics, carry has been leveraged in the currency markets for decades. With the understanding of such FX carry trades becoming established, recent academic publications have explored this concept cross-markets and showcased evidence of the carry premium across other asset classes.  The “carry and roll-down” concept in fixed income Targeting carry in sovereign markets Extending to corporate bonds. Real ...

  • Fallen Angels in the US credit market download

    White papers 22 May 2019

    Characteristics, historical performance and differences between the current credit cycle and earlier regimes...

  • FTSE Russell China Bond Research Report Q1 2019 download

    White papers 22 May 2019

    Highlights from the May report:  Total holdings of Chinese bonds by offshore investors rose in Q1 of 2019. Offshore investors held 1.76 trillion RMB (US$263 billion) worth of bonds at the end of March, according to data released by Shanghai Clearing House and China Central Depository and Clearing Co, marking a 34.3 billion RMB (US$5.1 billion USD) rise compared to end-December 2018. Some of China’s largest companies have defaulted on their debt ...

  • Blog | ChiNext: Rising stars inclusion in our China A Shares implementation weblink

    White papers 21 May 2019

    Back in September of 2018 we announced the inclusion of China A Shares into our indexes—a move that takes effect in June. The FTSE Global Equity Index Series (GEIS) China A implementation opens up a range of China stocks to investors globally. One interesting detail about it is that ChiNext stocks will be included.

  • FTSE Fixed Income Factor Research Series - The Carry Concept download

    White papers 21 May 2019

    As a well-known concept to practitioners and academics, carry has been leveraged in the currency markets for decades. With the understanding of such FX carry trades becoming established, recent academic publications have explored this concept cross-markets and showcased evidence of the carry premium across other asset classes.

  • Blog | US-China standoff catches US economy at low ebb weblink

    White papers 20 May 2019

    The pickup in headline first-quarter US GDP growth sent out false signals about the underlying health of the US economy, as a closer analysis reveals. And the recent flare-up in US-China trade tensions isn’t helping.

  • Blog | The US yield curve is not a broken recession indicator weblink

    White papers 16 May 2019

    Suggestions that inverted yield curve is an unreliable indicator of pending recession are exaggerated, says Robin Marshall...

  • Blog | Index IDEA: US cap tiers are running neck and neck weblink

    White papers 13 May 2019

    It’s been a real horse race between US large- and small-cap stock index performance in 2019, with both posting strong double-digit gains year-to-date ( 16.2% for the Russell 1000 Index and 17.2% for the Russell 2000 Index as of May 10). And according to our new insight, each is benefitting from its own unique macroeconomic drivers.

  • Blog | Index IDEA: US small caps gain strength in 2019 as new investor tools emerge weblink

    White papers 10 May 2019

    After underperforming US large cap stocks by more than 6% in 2018—and more than 8% over the past year as of May 3—US small cap stocks have changed course in 2019, gaining 20.2% relative to an 18.7% return for US large cap stocks through May 3.

  • FTSE Russell’s Guide to Indexes and ETFs - Why understanding indexes matters so much weblink

    White papers 7 May 2019

    The right Exchange Traded Funds (ETF), start with the right index. ETF due diligence importantly begins with analyzing and understanding the underlying benchmark used. Whether advising clients or selecting investments for client portfolios, the insight provided in FTSE Russell’s Guide to Indexes and ETFs is designed to help you understand indexes and passive strategies to make better informed decisions.

  • Blog | US equities reach new highs despite persistent global economic angst weblink

    Asset Manager News 3 May 2019

    Global equity markets rose in April as easier global financial conditions, signs that China’s slowdown may be bottoming, and better-than-expected US economic data and first-quarter earnings helped buoy risk appetite. However, uncertainty persists over the status of the global economy.

  • Blog | Building solid returns with developed core infrastructure weblink

    Asset Manager News 29 April 2019

    At the end of last year, I posted about how FTSE Russell is meeting the rising demand for developed core infrastructure indexes. The continued environment of yield scarcity had a growing number of investors turning to this asset class for its income-generating potential, and our FTSE Developed Core Infrastructure Index gave them a means to benchmark their returns.

  • Did you know that sustainable investment AUM has now reached US$31 Trillion? weblink

    White papers 29 April 2019

    New Global Sustainable Investment Alliance report says global sustainable investment AUM has reached new heights with US$31 trillion in assets identified as having some form of ESG approach applied to them. This dynamic graphic made for desktop and devices, gives a short history of sustainable investment innovation. Journeying from 2001 (early days of SI) to 2018 (ESG integration becomes the norm), we look at innovations in three categories:  FTSE Russell product development ...

  • Blog | Markets wrestle with late-cycle crosswinds weblink

    Asset Manager News 25 April 2019

    In a rare tug of war, both equities and government bonds have rallied this year as financial markets wrestle with the implications of a synchronized global slowdown.

  • Blog | Index IDEA: Equal weight, unequal performance weblink

    Asset Manager News 24 April 2019

    Equal weight is considered by many to be one of the oldest and most time-tested approaches to reduce portfolio concentration and enhance diversification. But how have equal weighted approaches stacked up relative to traditional market cap weighted approaches for long-term risk-adjusted performance? Quite well, in fact, according to new research from FTSE Russell.

  • Blog | Infrastructure REITs: A match made in low yield environment heaven weblink

    Asset Manager News 18 April 2019

    For a brief period, it appeared that the extended low yield environment of today might at last be coming to a close. But the Fed’s about-face to a more dovish stance on interest rates has investors again searching for yield, giving a boost to income-producing investments. Two asset classes that have benefited in particular are REITs and Infrastructure, and the combination of them—Infrastructure REITs—have performed notably better than broader REIT and equity indexes.

  • Blog | Four factors fueling Europe’s ETF fixed income surge weblink

    White papers 11 April 2019

    ETF usage among institutional investors in Europe has been on the rise, and fixed income ETFs have been a key driver behind this growth. European institutions surveyed in a recent Greenwich Associates study indicated that fixed income ETFs as a percentage of their portfolios more than doubled from 2017 to 2018.1 As fixed income ETF inflows in Europe continue to pick up steam, we’ve identified four primary reasons behind this trend.

  • Blog | Index IDEA: The global equity bounce back weblink

    Asset Manager News 27 March 2019

    Following a challenging 2018 for equity markets around the world, global equity markets have bounced back in a major way thus far in 2019, helped by the rapid easing in global financial conditions led by the US Federal Reserve’s more accommodative policy stance.

  • Blog | China's retail investment market: Implications for minimum variance weblink

    Asset Manager News 25 March 2019

    Accessing the China A-Shares Market Via Minimum-Variance Investing (recently published in the Journal of Portfolio Management) explains how minimum variance strategies may work in historically volatile markets such as China.

  • Blog | Deteriorating revenue and EPS growth outlook remains key market headwind weblink

    Asset Manager News 21 March 2019

    Despite broadly easing financial conditions, slowing global growth and pervasive geopolitical uncertainties pose greater hurdles for revenues and profits—and risk appetite—following the recent rally.

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