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UK's Recent Strength Boosts Mid Cap Valuations: Russell UK Mid 150 Index

SEATTLE, WA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/03/14 -- The Russell UK Mid 150 Index returned nearly 5% year-to-date and nearly 13% since its September 20, 2013 inception to date as of February 25, according to Russell Indexes.

Ronnie Sabel, Senior Portfolio Manager, European Equities with Russell Investments Europe:

"UK mid cap stocks have performed very strongly in recent months as the UK economy strengthened. As a result, valuations of UK mid cap stocks have generally increased, but we continue to find potentially attractive investment opportunities in UK mid caps."

This new Index, introduced by Russell late last year, was developed in close collaboration with key investments banks to help meet the needs of investors seeking higher capacity, lower-cost exposure to the UK mid-cap market and its performance since inception has reflected a strong period for UK mid-cap equities.

Gareth Parker, senior index research director with Russell Investments Europe:

"We developed the Russell UK Mid 150 Index in late 2013 to provide investors with quicker, easier access to a comprehensive representation of the UK mid-cap market. The Index provides a representation of the UK mid-cap market comprised of 150 stocks from across the mid-cap universe which are listed on UK stock exchanges and denominated in sterling."

For more information on the Russell UK Mid 150 Index, go to the Russell Investments Website.

Russell Index Returns

Index                     2014 YTD As of Feb 25   Sept 20, 2013 - Feb 25
Russell UK Mid 150 Index          4.96%                   12.81%

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

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. Russell Eurozone Index country constituent Belgium did not meet minimum reporting requirements (number & diversity of constituents) so is not included here.

Opinions expressed by Mr. Parker & Mr. Sabel reflect market performance as of February 25, 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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