SOURCE: Russell Investments

Russell Investments

May 25, 2012 12:30 ET

Russell Global Index: Turkey Outperforms Eurozone Countries YTD as of May 23rd, 2012

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - May 25, 2012) - As investors in Europe and around the world continue to focus on Greece, two of Europe's neighboring nations are exhibiting strong relative equity market performance. One contributing factor to this performance may be their currency:

  • Among Eurozone countries within the Russell Global Index, for the year-to-date period as of May 23rd, Ireland has led all countries with a 10.2% return, followed by Germany (9.9%) and Austria (7.9%). Spain has been the worst performing Eurozone country year-to-date, with a (-19.8%) return, followed by Greece (-16.2%) and Portugal (-10.0%).

  • Interestingly, within the Russell Global Index, non-Eurozone country Turkey has returned +18.8% for the year-to-date period as of May 23rd, outperforming all Eurozone country constituents. And non-Eurozone country Poland has also had a positive return year-to-date at 4.4%.

"Unlike all Eurozone countries within the Russell Global Index, Turkey and Poland both are not tied to the euro currency, which may have actually helped their performance in recent years," said Russell indexes senior research director Tom Goodwin. "This is reflected in the performance of the indexes."

2012 YTD Market Performance (a/o May 23rd)
Russell Global Index Eurozone Country Returns 2012 Returns
(as of May 23, 2012)
Ireland 10.2%
Germany 9.9%
Austria 7.9%
Finland 1.9%
France 1.4%
Netherlands -2.9%
Luxembourg -3.6%
Italy -7.3%
Portugal -10.0%
Greece -16.2%
Spain -19.8%
Russell Global Index Non-Eurozone Country Returns 2012 Returns
(as of May 23, 2012)
Turkey 18.8%
Poland 4.1%

Source: Russell Investments

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Opinions expressed by Mr. Goodwin reflect market performance and observations as of May 23, 2012 and are subject to change at anytime based on market or other conditions without notice. Please remember that past performance does not guarantee future performance.

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