SOURCE: Russell Investments

Russell Investments

October 03, 2012 23:54 ET

Russell Emerging Markets Index Posted 8.1% Gain in Third Quarter of 2012

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Oct 3, 2012) - The Russell Emerging Markets Index reflected a return of 8.1% in the third quarter of 2012, outperforming the U.S. large-cap Russell 1000® Index by almost 2%. Year-to-date, both indexes have posted strong returns, with U.S. large caps (16.3%) outperforming emerging markets (12.8%) by approximately 3.5% through September 28, 2012.

"According to the IMF, the total production of goods and services in emerging markets is on pace to exceed that of developed nations by 2013," said Gustavo Galindo, emerging markets portfolio manager at Russell Investments. "Due to the strong potential for growth and the undervalued nature of equities in a number of emerging markets, it may also be a strategic time to invest in these markets for investors whose risk tolerance allows for the additional risk of these markets."

Moreover, the newly created Russell 1000 EM GeoExposure Index, which is designed to track the performance of companies in the Russell 1000 Index with significant revenue exposure to emerging markets, has posted 4.4% gains in the third quarter and 9.2% YTD.

Russell Indexes Performance
Russell Index   1st QTR   2nd QTR   3rd QTR   YTD a/o 9/28
Russell Emerging Markets Index   14.7%   -9.0%   8.1%   12.8%
Russell 1000 Index   12.9%   -3.1%   6.3%   16.3%
Russell 1000 EM GeoExposure Index   14.2%   -8.3%   4.4%   9.2%
Russell Frontier Index   5.6%   -6.8%   7.5%   5.8%

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: