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  • Gender equality – more to be done across the board

    Blog | Gender equality – more to be done across the board

    International Women’s Day presents a great opportunity every year to take stock on progress in the long march toward gender equality. Investors, companies and governments around the world have made headlines with their efforts to achieve better gender balance. Yet, studies demonstrate that there is still much progress to be made, signalling that it’s time to focus on more powerful and collaborative approaches to addressing gender imbalance.

  • Glass half full or half empty? Easing-cycle optimism outweighs macro worries

    Blog | Glass half full or half empty? Easing-cycle optimism outweighs macro worries

    Equity markets have been rallying on the decisively dovish turn in Federal Reserve and European Central Bank positioning and optimism about the macro rewards such stimulus may bring. But, as highlighted in our latest overview of current macro conditions, we note a persistent mismatch between market expectations and incoming economic signals.

  • hanging in the rebalance what to expect for ftse geis in march

    Blog | Hanging in the rebalance: What to expect for FTSE GEIS in March

    At the open of March 18, 2019, FTSE Russell’s semiannual rebalance of its flagship global equity indexes, the FTSE Global Equity Index Series (FTSE GEIS) and derived indexes, including the well- known FTSE All-World Index, will take effect.

  • Blog | Index IDEA: Equal weight, unequal performance

    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 | Index IDEA: The global equity bounce back

    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 | Index IDEA: US cap tiers are running neck and neck

    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

    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.

  • whats holding back small caps

    Blog | Index IDEA: What's holding back small caps?

    While US small-cap stocks have had decent returns in 2019, they still lag US large caps, with a total return of 11.7% for the Russell 2000 Index relative to a 17% total return for the Russell 1000 Index.* So, what’s holding back US small caps and is it time to give the asset class a second look?

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

    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.

  • Considering new responses to issues around environment, development and globalisation.

    Blog | Interdependence Day - Considering new responses to issues around environment, development and globalisation.

    In recent scientific research, it is suggested that the Anthropocene era – the first era in which human activity has been the dominant factor in shaping the environment on Earth – has initiated the sixth species mass extinction. Unsurprisingly, climate change is cited as the “biggest single threat to the economy” by many, including Henry Paulson, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve.

  • Blog | Is it a good time to be in the stock market?

    As we enter this year’s annual Russell rebalancing process (also known as the Russell Reconstitution), investors may be interested to know that it has been 35 years since the Russell indexes were created, and the original guiding principles behind the rebalancing process and other features of the Russell indexes have stayed constant over the years.

  • Blog | Market volatility: When defense can be the best offense

    It would be tough to argue that low market volatility hasn’t had a good run. But between the selloff at the end of last year and the more recent turbulence triggered by trade war concerns, it would appear we could be nearing the end of this era of relative market tranquility.

  • Blog | Markets wrestle with late-cycle crosswinds

    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.

  • Microsoft tops Apple as Russell Rebalance nears

    Blog | Microsoft tops Apple as Russell Rebalance nears

    In its recent announcement on projected changes for the Russell US Indexes at this year’s Russell Reconstitution, FTSE Russell highlighted that Microsoft (MSFT) gained nearly 30% market cap since last year’s Russell rebalance through May 10 rank day to become the largest US stock in the Russell US Indexes this year with a total market cap of $974.2 billion.

  • Mind the cap when investing overseas – China A Shares

    Blog | Mind the cap when investing overseas

    On Monday, June 24, global index provider FTSE Russell will add the China A shares of approximately 1,090 Chinese mainland stocks to the FTSE Global Equity Index Series. Notably, more than one third of these stocks (376) are small cap, with the rest qualifying as mid- and large-cap.

  • multi asset whats in a name copy

    Blog | Multi-asset: What’s in a name?

    In order to bring some rigor to the process, FTSE Russell takes a volatility-based definition, which we believe cuts through the noise and focuses on what the indexes measure.

  • not all yield curve inversions are created equal

    Blog | Not all yield-curve inversions are created equal

    The inversion of a widely watched part of the US Treasury yield curve last week has rattled markets already nervous about slowing global growth. Such events warrant attention given their recession-predicting history. But the macro and monetary forces driving the recent inversion differ starkly from those in 2006, the first of such inversions preceding the last recession.

  • Record Russell Rebalance rejiggers top stock and rings in high profile market movers

    Blog | Record Russell Rebalance rejiggers top stock and rings in high profile market movers

    Largest stocks rejiggered and high profile market movers welcomed…….. Apple is no longer ‘largest stock’ for the first time in seven years.Russell Reconstitution top-line stats reported on blog...

  • study finds value factor applies to fixed income too

    Blog | Study finds value factor applies to fixed income too

    The value effect refers to the tendency of stocks with lower valuation ratios to earn above average returns over the long run. This effect—also referred to as the “value premium”—is one of the most well studied and evidenced market factors in equities. However, when it comes to fixed income, there hasn’t been a widely accepted definition of the value factor.

  • The climate is right for fixed income sustainability

    Blog | The climate is right for fixed income sustainability

    Bond markets are three times larger than equity markets, so it’s surprising that while sustainable equity investment strategies have caught the imagination of investors across the globe, they have so far less successfully ignited fixed income investing.

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  • Considering new responses to issues around environment, development and globalisation.

    Blog | Interdependence Day - Considering new responses to issues around environment, development and globalisation.

    White papersMon, 9 Sep 2019

    In recent scientific research, it is suggested that the Anthropocene era – the first era in which human activity has been the dominant factor in shaping the environment on Earth – has initiated the sixth species mass extinction. Unsurprisingly, climate change is cited as the “biggest single threat to the economy” by many, including Henry Paulson, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve. 

  • BLOG: Climate change strategies: Beware obsolescence

    Blog | Climate change strategies: Beware obsolescence

    White papersFri, 6 Sep 2019

    Climate change is now central to politics and public discourse. But a surprising number of investors continue to take a business-as-usual approach to investing, presenting a blind spot that can put portfolios at risk. Those who are looking at the issue often find the debate framed around the risks of exposure to carbon-intensive industries, while the downside of missing out on the green success stories of the future are less discussed.

  • The future of index data: Having it your way

    Blog | The future of index data: Having it your way

    White papersFri, 23 Aug 2019

    I believe the famous Burger King ad slogan, “Have it Your Way,” is very well understood across all consumer cultures because it so precisely expresses the experience all customers—regardless of the industry—desire. This standard for client experience has even crept into areas in market data once considered so complex that providers were limited in their ability to customise products and services to clients’ needs. First, consider how market data can be packaged.

  • managing market volatility

    Managing Market Volatility

    White papersFri, 23 Aug 2019

    Interested in understanding the state of volatility in the current market? This comprehensive package from Clear Path Analysis and FTSE Russell covers all the important focal points with top industry thought leaders including two robust roundtable debates, a white paper and an interview

  • a focus on funded status volatility of corporate db plans

    A focus on funded status volatility of corporate DB plans

    White papersFri, 23 Aug 2019

    Year after year, corporate DB plan sponsor surveys show controlling funded status volatility (surplus risk) as the top priority for their organizations. When liabilities grow faster than plan assets, additional cash contributions are required. At the same time, pension assets and liabilities have become prominent parts of company financial statements that investors use to evaluate company health.

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