SOURCE: Russell Investments

Russell Investments

January 25, 2011 09:30 ET

Russell 1000 Equal Weight Index Gains 137% Since 2000

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - January 25, 2011) -  The Russell 1000® Equal Weight Index reflected a cumulative return of 136.9% for the last decade, greatly outperforming the 19.9% return of the cap-weighted U.S. large-cap Russell 1000® Index, from January 1, 2000, through December 31, 2010.

Equal weight indexes differ from traditional cap-weighted indexes because rather than weighting each constituent based on its size, the Russell Equal Weight Indexes assign each industry sector an equal weight, and then equally weight the companies found within each sector to randomize economic factor mispricing and prevent a few large companies from driving the index's performance. Russell's approach varies from traditional equal weight indexes that simply equal weight all of the constituents in an index, and has historically provided greater diversification and higher returns than conventional equal weighted indexes.

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Russell Indexes 10-Year Returns
Jan 1, 2000 - Dec. 31, 2010
Russell 1000 Equal Weight Index 136.9%
Russell 1000 Index 19.9%

The Russell Global Index includes more than 10,000 securities in 48 countries and covers 98% of the investable global market. All securities in the benchmark are classified according to size, region, country and sector. Daily Returns for the main components are available here: