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Low Volatility Indexes: Russell 2000(R) Low Volatility Index Outperformed Russell 2000(R) Index for 2014 Year-to-Date and February Month-to-Date as of February 14

SEATTLE, WA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/21/14 --


The Russell 2000® Low Volatility Index, which seeks to measure the performance of lower volatility stocks within the U.S. small-cap Russell 2000® Index, has outperformed the Russell 2000 Index for 2014 year-to-date and February month-to-date as of February 14.

"Recent index performance, while short-term in nature, illustrates how low volatility indexes may be an effective complement to market cap-based indexes for long-term investors," said David Koenig, CFA, FRM, index investment strategist with Russell Investments. "Low volatility indexes tend to underperform their parent indexes in periods of strong market advances, such as 2013, as would be expected. However, in periods of volatility and over the longer term, they have historically helped to moderate some of the peaks and valleys relative to their parent indexes."

Russell Index Returns

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                                       February MTD 2014       2014 YTD
  Index                                     a/o 2/14           a/o 2/14
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  Russell 2000 Index                          1.7%               -1.1%
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  Russell 2000 Low Volatility Index           2.6%               -0.4%
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"Index-based investors today have access to an expanded spectrum of innovative indexes to enable a variety of new approaches in the context of a well-diversified investment portfolio," said David Mazza, head of research, SPDR ETFs and SSgA Funds at State Street Global Advisors. "And while one size does not fit all and one should seek advice from a professional financial advisor, the increased ability to blend a variety of active and passive exposures in a long-term investment portfolio can be powerful tool for today's investor."

For more information on the Russell Low Volatility Indexes and to see a copy of Russell Indexes new Small Cap Perspectives quarterly report, go to the Russell Investments website.

The Russell Global Index measures the performance of the global equity market based on all investable equity securities, and is constructed to provide a comprehensive and unbiased barometer for the global segment, The Index includes more than 10,000 securities in 47 countries, and covers 98% of the investable global market. All securities in the Russell Global Index are classified according to size, region, country and sector; as a result the index can be segmented into more than 300 distinct benchmarks.

Please note: Indexes are unmanaged and cannot be invested in directly. Returns represent past performance, are not a guarantee of future performance, and are not indicative of any specific investment. Russell's publication of the Indexes or Index constituents in no way suggests or implies a representation or opinion by Russell as to the attractiveness of investing in a particular security. Inclusion of a security in an Index is not a promotion, sponsorship or endorsement of a security by Russell and Russell makes no representation, warranty or guarantee with respect to the performance of any security included in a Russell Index.

Small capitalization (small cap) investments involve stocks of companies with smaller levels of market capitalization (generally less than $2 billion) than larger company stocks (large cap). Small cap investments are subject to considerable price fluctuations and are more volatile than large company stocks. Investors should consider the additional risks involved in small cap investments.

Opinions expressed by Mr. Koenig and Mr. Mazza reflect market performance as of February 14, 2014 and are subject to change at any time based on market or other conditions without notice. Past performance does not guarantee future performance.

This material is not an offer, solicitation or recommendation to purchase any security.

Nothing contained in this material is intended to constitute legal, tax, securities or investment advice, nor an opinion regarding the appropriateness of any investment, nor a solicitation of any type. The general information contained in this publication should not be acted upon without obtaining specific legal, tax and investment advice from a licensed professional. The information, analysis and opinions expressed herein are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual entity.

Russell Investment Group is a Washington, USA corporation, which operates through subsidiaries worldwide, including Russell Investments, and is a subsidiary of The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.

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