SOURCE: Russell Investments

Russell Investments

July 12, 2011 20:59 ET

Russell Global Index Adds 49 Australian Stocks in Annual Reconstitution

SINGAPORE--(Marketwire - Jul 12, 2011) - Russell Investments has added 49 Australian securities to the Russell Global Index, as part of its annual reconstitution process to maintain accurate equity benchmarks. Australia saw a substantial increase in market capitalization to $1.3 trillion, which is an increase of 34.4% from $1 trillion in July of 2010.

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"Our annual process to fully reconstitute the Russell Global Index saw 49 Australian additions, the third most among countries represented in the index," said Rolf Agather, managing director for index research and innovation for Russell Investments. "Australia's sector distribution still remains quite disproportionate, with 68% of the weight being composed of stocks in the Financial Services or Materials & Processing sectors."

Other highlights from the annual reconstitution include:

  • The largest sector was Financial Services, representing 38.2% of the index despite enduring the largest drop in sector weight (-3.2%)
  • The biggest increase came from Materials & Processing (3.4%), bolstering the sector weight to 29.8%
  • Technology was the smallest sector weight by an enormous margin after a notable decline which leaves it at 0.2% of the index

Russell's index reconstitution process is followed closely by many investors because $3.9 trillion in assets are benchmarked against them, and they account for an industry-leading 63.3% of institutional benchmarked products. Membership in Russell's equity indexes -- widely used as benchmarks for both passive and active investment strategies -- is determined by objective rules. Accurate benchmarks are an integral part of Russell's ongoing process to monitor more than 8,000 investment manager products worldwide for its $161 billion investment management business.