Saturday, May 5th, 2012 - Russell Global Index

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - The Russell Frontier Index returned +5.7% year-to-date as of April 30, 2012, while the Russell Emerging Markets Index returned +13.2% for the same time period. Both indexes are positive year-to-date after exhibiting negative performance in 2011.

 

Within the Russell Frontier Index, after 2011 when all but one country constituent had negative performance, 75% of countries had positive performance year-to-date as of April 30, with Vietnam, Pakistan and Kenya leading.

 

Within the Russell Emerging Markets Index, after 2011 when more than 85% of country constituents had negative performance, more than 90% of countries had positive performance year-to-date as of April 30, with Egypt, Turkey and Thailand leading.

 

"The positive returns we've witnessed this year across many of the emerging and frontier markets is a marked change from last year," said Sarah Lien, Senior Research Analyst for Russell Investments. "Vietnam, for instance, was one of 2011's worst performers but has rebounded very strongly year-to-date. Egypt and Turkey have also posted strong returns in 2012 after geo-political concerns appear to have weighed on these stock markets last year."

 

Russell Index Returns

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                                     2012 YTD Returns as                    
Russell Index                            of 4/30/12         2011 Returns    
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Russell Frontier Index                      5.7%               -20.7%       
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Russell Emerging Markets Index              13.2%              -19.2%       
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Russell Frontier Index Country Returns

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                                     2012 YTD Returns as                    
Russell Frontier Index Country           of 4/30/12         2011 Returns    
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Vietnam                                     35.1%              -31.8%       
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Pakistan                                    24.2%              -12.0%       
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Kenya                                       21.4%              -29.5%       
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Nigeria                                     16.1%              -26.1%       
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Ukraine                                     12.5%              -41.7%       
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Qatar                                       6.8%                7.2%        
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Oman                                        5.3%               -10.8%       
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Tunisia                                     4.3%               -11.5%       
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Kuwait                                      1.2%               -12.9%       
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Bangladesh                                  -1.6%              -41.8%       
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Sri Lanka                                  -16.5%              -25.2%       
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Argentina                                  -16.9%              -25.9%       
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Russell Emerging Markets Index Country Returns

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Russell Emerging Markets Index       2012 YTD Returns as                    
 Country                                 of 4/30/12         2011 Returns    
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Egypt                                       35.2%              -45.3%       
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Turkey                                      27.1%              -35.1%       
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Thailand                                    26.9%               -4.7%       
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Philippines                                 26.3%               2.9%        
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Colombia                                    22.7%              -12.8%       
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United Arab Emirates (UAE)                  22.3%              -15.5%       
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Peru                                        18.9%              -13.7%       
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Chile                                       18.4%              -22.3%       
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Poland                                      16.3%              -30.4%       
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Mexico                                      15.4%              -13.2%       
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India                                       15.2%              -37.6%       
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Russia                                      14.8%              -20.5%       
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China                                       13.9%              -20.8%       
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Korea                                       13.6%              -11.0%       
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South Africa                                12.8%              -14.4%       
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Greece                                      10.7%              -56.7%       
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Taiwan                                      10.5%              -22.2%       
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Malaysia                                    8.6%                0.9%        
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Brazil                                      7.8%               -20.1%       
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Indonesia                                   6.6%                4.4%        
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Portugal                                    -1.8%              -27.5%       
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Morocco                                     -4.0%              -14.5%       
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The Russell Global Index includes more than 10,000 securities in 48 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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