Organizing the constellation of China-based share types together may seem as far flung as the listings themselves. But in this report, we endeavor to do just that by comparing and contrasting all seven China share classes. We explore the performance of each share type, the characteristics of each share type and how those look when brought together in a combined index, and give perspective to China A’s inclusion in global benchmarks.
How have US small cap stocks as represented by the Russell 2000 performed historically at the end of an economic expansion? Previous research has shown a tendency for small caps to move into positive territory in advance of economic troughs, before recessions end. In the present research paper, we add to this body of work by examining the historical performance of the Russell 2000 around the five expansionary peaks of the US economy identified by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) since 1979.
Risk-based indexes are an important category of smart beta—they target different objectives and are commonly used to complement allocations to traditional capitalization-weighted approaches. In this article, we explore the most popular types of risk-based indexes and summarize their objectives.
REITs have enabled investors of all types to gain access to a regular income stream, a diversified portfolio of underlying properties and a link to the capital values of the portfolio holdings by means of companies with securities listed on a public stock exchange.
Examining the emergence of factor investing strategies and their uses within an institutional portfolio
Factor investing is growing in popularity. But how does it help investors manage their portfolios? In this article we show how factors draw upon the substantial heritage of quantitative investing to produce a versatile tool for use in a variety of investment contexts.
The Value style continued to assert its leadership in the cycle of style performance. Index data demonstrates that, regardless of cap size, defensive characteristics —companies with less economic sensitivity and more stable earnings profiles — are showing strength for the year, as are Value companies, as determined by higher relative Book-to-Price characteristics.
The first wave of smart beta index products was concerned with addressing index concentration and reducing volatility. Such products embed a set of implicit factor outcomes and were followed by products that explicitly targeted specific factor outcomes. In this article we provide an overview of why factors matter and how investors are using them.
FTSE Russell, the global index and data provider, announces it has licenced its FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Asia ex Japan REITs* Index to Nikko AM. Nikko AM, in partnership with Straits Trading, have today launched their new Nikko AM-Straits Trading Asia ex Japan REIT ETF on Singapore Exchange (SGX). The ETF is the first to be tracking this FTSE index.
FTSE Russell, the global index and data provider, announces that Sean Smith has joined the firm as Managing Director of Derivatives Licenses, to lead the company’s efforts to further expand its options and futures business.
If only Gordon Gekko had had the sense to use a Russell Style index, his fate and that of the fictional Teldar Paper could have been so different. In the 30 years since the classic movie "Wall Street" debuted, the non-fictional paper industry has undergone major reorganization and consolidation of the sort that would have proven Gekko a visionary. The Russell Style Indexes also got their start in 1987 and have served witness to these dramatic changes, using a rules based and transparent process that does not require illegal insider information.
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