Following the Fed’s December 2016 vote to raise the Fed Funds Rate a quarter point to a range of 0.5–0.75%, the Board of Governors decided to maintain that target in the first quarter of 2017. The Fed assessed conditions in the US labor market and the overall economy as favorable, with auto sales and housing activity strong contributors to economic growth.
We evaluate the criteria for creating homogenous groups of global and domestic companies to help investors gain a deeper understanding of the effect of macro-economic events and exchange rate changes on firm’s valuation.
Smart beta indexes have become increasingly popular in recent years, with nearly three-quarters of global institutional investors and asset owners now either using or evaluating smart beta index-based strategies for their portfolios. We examine the origins of smart beta, consider the variety of indexes on offer and their uses, and look into the future of this type of index.
FTSE Russell examines the performance of the US small cap market in periods of slow economic growth, as measured by the Russell 2000 Index, and discusses how institutions that seek to access the size factor premium via ETFs can further enhance returns through securities lending programs.
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. Academic and empirical evidence tells us that portfolio exposure to certain factors is a good thing, while modern portfolio theory emphasizes the importance of diversification.
Teldar Paper was the fictional target of a hostile takeover by corporate raider Gordon Gekko in the now classic 1987 movie Wall Street. In the 30 years since the movie debuted, the paper industry has undergone major reorganization and consolidation of the sort that would have proven Gekko a visionary.
“A leopard can’t change its spots,” is an old saying rooted in the belief that a person’s core character doesn’t change over time. The same cannot be said of the markets, public companies or investment strategies, which is why the Russell Style Indexes have become such powerful tools for portfolio measurement and construction.
FTSE Russell, a leading global multi-asset index, data and analytics provider, has announced structural updates to its Industry Classification Benchmark (ICB), a globally recognised standard, operated and managed by FTSE Russell for categorising companies and securities. The enhancements result from the recent Market Consultation to align ICB with current industry practices and incorporate features from the Russell Global Sectors (RGS) scheme. The new ICB structure will be effective after market close on December 31, 2018. The transition dates for individual FTSE Russell index series will be announced by June 2018.
FTSE Russell announces that there will be one change to the constituents of the Straits Times Index (STI), following the September quarterly review. Jardine Strategic Holdings will join the STI and, as a result, SIA Engineering will leave the index.
Two massive storms wreaked havoc on people and property in two separate coastal regions of the southern US – Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida. To what extent did the devastation negatively impact the stock market and particularly some specific sectors most vulnerable to severe storm damage?
After losing ground in July and August as reflected by a 0.5% negative return for the Russell 2000 Index, US small cap stocks have rebounded, rising 2.9% in September as of market close on September 20.
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