SOURCE: Russell Investments

Russell Investments

November 16, 2010 23:41 ET

Russell Frontier Index Outperforming Russell Emerging Markets and Developed Indexes in 4Q10

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - November 16, 2010) - The Russell Frontier Index has reflected a 5.4% gain for the fourth quarter through November 15, 2010, outperforming both the Russell Developed Index (5.1%) and the Russell Emerging Markets Index (4%).

With the exception of the third quarter of 2010, which saw the Russell Frontier Index (10.7%) underperforming the Russell Developed Index (14.1%) and Russell Emerging Markets Index (18.8%), the Russell Frontier Index has consistently outperformed the Russell Developed Index (9.3%) and Russell Emerging Markets Index (17.5%) throughout the year, with a year-to-date gain of 21.2%.

Russell Indexes   1Q
2010
  2Q
2010
  3Q
2010
  QTD
November 15,
2010
  YTD
November 15,
2010
Russell Frontier Index   8.5%   -4.2%   10.7%   5.4%   21.2%
Russell Emerging Markets Index   2.9%   -7.5%   18.8%   4.0%   17.5%
Russell Developed Index   3.8%   -12.2%   14.1%   5.1%   9.3%

Frontier markets, which are typically perceived as higher risk, are smaller, more diverse, populous and growing rapidly. These markets were until recently characterized by limited market accessibility, small company size and low liquidity.

The Russell Global Index includes more than 10,000 securities in 61 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: http://www.russell.com/indexes/data/daily_total_returns_global.asp

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