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Russell Investments

January 30, 2015 14:54 ET

Strong UK Equity Market Performance in 2015 Year-to-Date Overshadowed by Stronger Performance in Several Developed European Markets: Russell Indexes

Russell Examines UK Market Performance as Country Nears National Elections

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Jan 30, 2015) -  According to the Russell Developed Europe Index, UK equities have risen 7.2% in 2015 as of 27 January, but still trail the overall Index and other index country constituents Finland, Italy, France, Germany and Switzerland for the same time period.

As the UK looks towards national elections in May, Russell Investments strategists examine current UK equity market dynamics.

Wouter Sturkenboom -
Senior Investment Strategist, Russell Investments Europe
"The UK equity market has performed strongly in 2015 but, interestingly, has underperformed other European markets. This is likely a reflection of the sector composition of the UK equity market, which is heavy on energy and materials. Also, the upcoming UK election could create some uncertainty regarding a potential UK referendum on UK membership in the EU. Furthermore, the pound has been strong against the euro and weak against the U.S. dollar, reflecting ECB monetary policy expectations relative to the U.S. Federal Reserve. This has likely had some impact on UK equity market performance relative to the rest of Europe."

For more information on the Russell Developed Europe Index, go to the Russell Investments website.

Russell Developed Europe Index & Index Country Constituents   2015 YTD as of Jan 27   2014
Russell Developed Europe Index   7.5%   7.9%
Russell Developed Europe Index - Finland   9.3%   11.7%
Russell Developed Europe Index - Italy   9.0%   3.9%
Russell Developed Europe Index - France   8.4%   4.8%
Russell Developed Europe Index - Germany   8.4%   3.2%
Russell Developed Europe Index - Switzerland   8.3%   14.1%
Russell Developed Europe Index - United Kingdom   7.2%   7.2%
Russell Developed Europe Index - Sweden   6.8%   8.3%
Russell Developed Europe Index - Netherlands   6.4%   9.9%
Russell Developed Europe Index - Norway   6.4%   -2.5%
Russell Developed Europe Index - Ireland   5.7%   27.6%
Russell Developed Europe Index - Austria   3.7%   -9.7%
Russell Developed Europe Index - Luxembourg   3.0%   -4.1%
Russell Developed Europe Index - Spain   2.9%   8.8%

Source: Russell Investments. Total returns, euro denominated.

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