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Russell Investments

October 13, 2014 10:33 ET

United Arab Emirates, India & Indonesia Equity Markets Lead G20 Nations Year-to-Date as IMF Meets in Washington

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Oct 13, 2014) - As the G20 nations' finance ministers and central bank governors met in Washington, DC Thursday and Friday as part of the International Monetary Fund World Bank Group annual meeting, three emerging markets are leading the way in 2014 year-to-date equity market performance as of October 7.

Among G20 nations year-to-date as of October 7, Russell Global Index (RGI) and Russell Emerging Markets Index country constituents the United Arab Emirates (+42.7%), India (+40.1%) and Indonesia (+32.0%) have been strongest in 2014. RGI country constituent Germany (-4.8%) and RGI and Russell Emerging Markets Index country constituent Russia (-12.7%) have shown the poorest year-to-date equity market performance.

Russell Investments Emerging Markets Portfolio Manager Gustavo Galindo:
"For G20 nations as measured by the Russell Global Index, a number of emerging markets have continued to outperform this year relative to developed markets, even in the midst of ongoing political turmoil and transition. In the case of India, Brazil and Turkey, political transition appears to have helped the local market. And in the case of Russia, geopolitical turmoil has certainly had a negative impact."

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Russell Index Returns - G20 Markets

Russell Index / Index Country Constituent 2014 YTD a/o Oct. 7
Russell Global Index 11.0%
Russell Frontier® Index 21.4%
Russell Global Index - United Arab Emirates 42.7%
Russell Global Index - India 40.1%
Russell Global Index - Indonesia 32.0%
Russell Global Index - Brazil 16.5%
Russell Global Index - Turkey 14.6%
Russell Global Index - United States 14.4%
Russell Global Index - South Africa 14.3%
Russell Global Index - Canada 13.4%
Russell Global Index - Mexico 12.6%
Russell Global Index - China 12.1%
Russell Global Index - Italy 7.1%
Russell Global Index - Japan 6.9%
Russell Global Index - Korea 4.2%
Russell Frontier Index - Argentina 3.0%
Russell Global Index - United Kingdom 2.3%
Russell Global Index - France 1.4%
Russell Global Index - Germany -4.8%
Russell Global Index - Russia -12.7%

Source: Russell Investments. Returns are total returns (reflect reinvestment of dividends and distributions) and are denominated in euros.

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Global equity involves risk associated with investments primarily in equity securities of companies located around the world, including the United States. International securities can involve risks relating to political and economic instability or regulatory conditions. Investments in emerging or developing markets involve exposure to economic structures that are generally less diverse and mature, and to political systems which can be expected to have less stability than those of more developed countries.

Investments in emerging or developing markets involve exposure to economic structures that are generally less diverse and mature, and to political systems which can be expected to have less stability than those of more developed countries. Securities may be less liquid and more volatile than US and longer-established non-US markets.

Opinions expressed by Mr. Galindo reflect market performance as of October 7, 2014 and are subject to change at any time based on market or other conditions without notice. Past performance does not guarantee future performance. 

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