Saturday, December 17th, 2011
SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire) - The Russell Asia Pacific Defensive Index reflected a (-7.3%) year-to-date, through December 13, significantly outperforming the Russell Asia Pacific Dynamic Index which reflected a (-19.8%) loss for the same time period. The Russell Asia Pacific Index reflected a (-14.6%) return year-to-date through December 13.

"While Asia will not be immune to tighter credit conditions in Europe, we do see some positive news coming out of the region. Inflation appears to have peaked, market share valuations are attractive across the region and China, specifically, has scope to significantly ease monetary conditions," said Russell Investments Asia Pacific Chief Investment Strategist Andrew Pease in the firm's recently released 2012 Global Outlook.

Quarter-to-date, the Russell Asia Pacific Defensive Index posted a (1.7%) return through December 13, while the Russell Asia Pacific Index (0.6%) and the Russell Asia Pacific Index (1.1%) underperformed for the same time period.

The Russell Defensive & Dynamic Indexes split the broad global equity market in half based on a combination of stability factors; the more stable half is called "Defensive" and the less stable half is called "Dynamic." The new Russell Global Defensive and Dynamic Indexes follow the same global-relative composition as the Russell Global Indexes. Stocks are ranked by sector and style across regions, rather than country-by-country, to better reflect how investors now approach the global markets.



                                  QTD Returns (through     YTD Return (through

Russell Index                       December 13, 2011)      December 13, 2011)


Russell Asia Pacific Index                        1.1%                  -14.6%


Russell Asia Pacific Defensive                                               

Index                                             1.7%                   -7.3%


Russell Asia Pacific Dynamic                                                 

Index                                             0.6%                  -19.8%


                                                             Opinions expressed by Mr. Pease reflect market performance and observations as of December 12, 2011 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.

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 index are classified according to size, region, country and sector. Daily Returns for the main components are available here:


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