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  • 1. Indexes

    A global index provider with local expertise in all major markets and across all asset classes that provides you with a true multi-asset index solution. For more information on our range of indexes, click above...

  • 2. Analytics

    Equity and fixed income decision support tools designed for advanced security, portfolio, industry, sector, index, and economic analysis. For more information on our Analytics tools, click above...

  • 2018 ftse russell advisor smart beta survey

    2018 FTSE Russell advisor smart beta survey

    The survey shows a bright future for smart beta among financial advisors in the US, UK and Canada, yet a long way to go toward broad-based knowledge and usage of smart beta strategies.

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    2018 STEP Change Report: FTSE Russell Stewardship, Transition and Engagement Program for Change

    FTSE Russell announced the launch of its Stewardship, Transition and Engagement Program for Change on May 30th 2018 with the first STEP Change report. In our STEP Change report, we provide an in-depth look at FTSE Russell’s approach to stewardship and illustrate how we conduct dialogue with companies. It includes what we have learnt from FTSE4Good and, how with leadership, we can lift market standards, including building ESG into core benchmarks.

  • 3. Data solutions

    Robust data solutions across asset classes and geographies. Mergent, now part of FTSE Russell, has been a leading provider of business and financial information on public and private companies for more than a century. For more information on our Data solutions, click above...

  • Accessing the China A-shares market via minimum-variance investing

    Accessing the China A-shares market via minimum-variance investing

    In the last 10 years, the concept of the minimum-variance (MV) portfolio has successfully evolved from an academic topic of discussion to an implementable investment theme. Currently, a significant number of investment mandates or products have embraced the concept and allocated financial resources to MV investing. The concept of MV investing is applicable in a variety of geographical regions, but despite its wide applications, MV investing is still a relatively new topic in the China ...

  • Alternative approaches to multi-factor index construction: Like-for-like comparisons

    Alternative approaches to multi-factor index construction: Like-for-like comparisons

    Factor index construction is currently a widely discussed topic among institutional investors and asset managers, particularly whether the construction of multi-factor indexes should be top-down or bottom-up.

  • Blog | Building solid returns with developed core infrastructure

    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.

  • China A Shares inclusion: The end of the beginning (not the beginning of the end)

    Blog | China A Shares inclusion: The end of the beginning (not the beginning of the end)

    One development that emerging market equity investors have been watching with interest this year is the inclusion of China A Shares in the FTSE Global Equity Index Series (FTSE GEIS).

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

    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.

  • Blog - Dynamic evolution in low carbon investing

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

    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.

  • Factor valuation considerations

    Blog | Factor valuation considerations

    The increasing popularity of factor investing has raised questions about the valuation of factors. As with individual stocks, there is no definitive valuation metric that provides a clear answer, and different valuation metrics may well result in different conclusions. Join Sergiy Lesyk, director of Applied Research at FTSE Russell, to learn more about the merits and pitfalls of different measures and approaches.

  • 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.

  • 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 | 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.

  • 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 | 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.

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    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.

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

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

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

    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 | US-China standoff catches US economy at low ebb

    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.

  • What have you done with my small cap premium?

    Blog | What have you done with my small cap premium?

    Academic research has demonstrated the existence of what is known as the “size” or “small-cap” premium beginning over 30 years ago. Today many investors take it as given that small stocks will outperform large stocks based on this foundational principle of finance. It is a rational expectation, since small stocks are demonstrably more risky than larger stocks, so they should provide investors with additional compensation for bearing this risk in the form of extra return.

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    Building blocks for the low carbon economy: Managing climate risk in real estate investing

    Climate change poses clear and material risks to real estate assets with the potential to impact return profiles. This paper focuses on listed real estate, which has historically lacked appropriate tools to allow investors to assess their exposure to climate risk and to integrate it effectively in their investment strategies.

  • capturing the chinese a shares and h shares anomaly

    Capturing the Chinese A-shares and H-shares Anomaly

    The behavior of the price differential between A-shares and H-shares of dual-listed companies will be studied in this article for the sample period from 2006- 2017.

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

    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.

  • clear path analysis report

    Clear Path Analysis Report: Sustainable smart beta investing for institutional investors

    Recently, a major shift has been observed among asset owners who once took a “tokenistic” approach toward environmental, social and governance and are now looking to integrate it into core investment strategies.

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

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

    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 ...

  • Dynamic evolution in low carbon investing

    Dynamic evolution in low carbon investing

    As efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions gather pace, the industrial foundations of society are facing a transformation. From the light bulb to the car, from everyday materials like plastics to cement, even our diets will have to adapt in profound ways to make the low carbon economy a reality and to avoid the worst impacts of global climate change.

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    Embracing China’s economic shift through the Total China Concept

    Until recently, international investors’ access to the stocks of Chinese companies has been limited to equities listed in Hong Kong or overseas. This paper summarizes the history of China’s equity market and explains the differences between the many share classes available, helping investors understand how to gain comprehensive exposure to China’s equity markets via the total China concept.

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    Evolving investment landscape offers index providers opportunity to shine

    The markets are undergoing a period of profound change. Continued economic globalisation, rising geopolitical tensions, tightening central bank policies and new technologies are combining with changing market structures and regulatory shifts to create a very dynamic landscape.

  • evolving investment landscape offers index providers opportunity to shine

    Evolving investment landscape offers index providers opportunity to shine

    Mark Makepeace, Group Director, Information Services Division & CEO, FTSE Russell, provides insight on how the markets are undergoing a period of profound change.

  • Factor behavior through the cycle – FTSE Dynamic Single and Multifactor Index Series

    Factor behavior through the cycle

    Factors have become an influential force in investors’ decision-making processes, buttressed by a growing body of academic and financial industry research that has affirmed the effectiveness of factors in driving risk and returns.

  • Factor behavior through the cycle - Lessons from the Russell 1000 Index

    Factor behavior through the cycle - Lessons from the Russell 1000 Index

    Factors have become an influential force in investors’ decision-making processes, buttressed by a growing body of academic and financial industry research that has affirmed the effectiveness of factors in driving risk and returns. But to get the most value from factor investing strategies, investors should first gain a more comprehensive understanding of how and why factors behave the way they do.

  • factor exposure and portfolio concentration

    Factor exposure and portfolio concentration

    The objective of this paper is to assess the relative benefits and drawbacks of the various factor and multi-factor portfolio construction techniques through the lens of factor exposure and portfolio diversification.

  • factor indexes and factor exposure matching

    Factor Indexes and Factor Exposure Matching: Like-for-Like Comparisons

    The academic literature tells us that for suitably diversified portfolios, factors drive risk and performance outcomes. If this is the case, then well-diversified portfolios with identical factor exposures should have similar performance characteristics despite originating from potentially very different construction methodologies. In this paper we test this hypothesis.

  • Fallen Angels in the US credit market

    Fallen Angels in the US credit market

    A Fallen Angel is a corporate, or sovereign, bond downgraded from Investment Grade (IG) (minimum rating of BBB- with S&P, Moody’s or Fitch) to a High Yield credit rating (of BB , or below with S&P, Moody’s or Fitch). Thus, the downgrade from Investment Grade (IG) to High Yield (HY) is far more significant than a downgrade for a bond staying within the same asset class. Fallen Angels tend to have higher credit-beta than other HY issues as a result.

  • Four factors fueling Europe’s ETF fixed income surge

    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.

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    FTSE Country Classification Process

    This paper describes the FTSE country classification process which is designed to be transparent and evidence-driven.

  • FTSE Fixed Income Factor Research Series - The Carry Concept

    FTSE Fixed Income Factor Research Series - The Carry Concept

    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.

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    FTSE Fixed Income Research Series — The Value Effect

    There are a variety of widely-accepted metrics to define and capture the value factor in equities. But there has not been such a broadly-accepted approach to capture the value effect in fixed income.

  • FTSE Russell weekly round-up

    FTSE Russell Blog weekly recap 15th Feb 2019

    Transitioning a portfolio to address ESG risks and opportunities can appear daunting. Here are five insights that may help.

  • FTSE Russell Blog weekly recap 22nd Feb 2019

    FTSE Russell Blog weekly recap 22nd Feb 2019

    Index IDEA: Fixed income cartography meets index methodology...

  • ftse russell china bond research report

    FTSE Russell China Bond Research Report

    The February 2017 report provides recent insights on the China Bond market including performance of the FTSE Russell China Bond Indexes.

  • FTSE Russell China Bond Research Report Q1 2019

    FTSE Russell China Bond Research Report Q1 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 ...

  • ftse russell china bond research report q2 2017

    FTSE Russell China Bond Research Report Q2 2017

    The August 2017 report provides recent insights on the China Bond market including performance of the FTSE Russell China Bond Indexes.

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  • Microsoft tops Apple as Russell Rebalance nears

    Blog | Microsoft tops Apple as Russell Rebalance nears

    White papersThu, 20 Jun 2019

    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.

  • China A Shares inclusion: The end of the beginning (not the beginning of the end)

    Blog | China A Shares inclusion: The end of the beginning (not the beginning of the end)

    White papersThu, 20 Jun 2019

    One development that emerging market equity investors have been watching with interest this year is the inclusion of China A Shares in the FTSE Global Equity Index Series (FTSE GEIS).

  • Factor behavior through the cycle - Lessons from the Russell 1000 Index

    Factor behavior through the cycle - Lessons from the Russell 1000 Index

    White papersTue, 18 Jun 2019

    Factors have become an influential force in investors’ decision-making processes, buttressed by a growing body of academic and financial industry research that has affirmed the effectiveness of factors in driving risk and returns. But to get the most value from factor investing strategies, investors should first gain a more comprehensive understanding of how and why factors behave the way they do. 

  • Practical considerations for listed infrastructure

    Practical considerations for listed infrastructure

    White papersTue, 18 Jun 2019

    Infrastructure is an investment category often seen by investors as a diversification tool that can provide a hedge to long-term liabilities by offering exposure to potentially stable returns and steady income. FTSE Russell defines core infrastructure companies as those that own, manage or operate structures or networks used for the processing or moving goods, services, information and data, people, energy and necessities from one location to another. 

  • US equity markets hit all-time high as Russell Recon nears

    White papersFri, 14 Jun 2019

    In its recent announcement on projected changes for the Russell US Indexes at this year’s Russell Reconstitution, FTSE Russell highlighted that total US equity market capitalization reached approximately $31.7 trillion at this year’s Russell Reconstitution May 10 rank day, up 3% from $30.7 trillion total market cap last year.

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