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At Mid-Year, 2014 Remained a "Year of Validation"; Russell Global Indexes Have Shown Positive yet Lower Returns Relative to 2013 Across Global Equity Markets Year-to-Date, Consistent With Russell Strategists' Annual Outlook

SEATTLE, WA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/11/14 -- As global markets passed the mid-point in 2014, emerging markets led other global equity markets and large caps led small caps in the U.S. year-to-date through July 7, according to Russell Indexes. In addition, growth-oriented stocks led outside the U.S. while value-oriented stocks led inside the U.S. equity market for the same time period.

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Russell Index                        YTD Return as of July 7
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Russell Emerging Markets Index                 8.4%
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Russell Emerging Markets Growth Index         10.1%
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Russell Emerging Markets Value Index           5.7%
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Russell Global ex-U.S. Index                   7.1%
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Russell Global ex-U.S. Growth Index            7.3%
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Russell Global ex-U.S. Value Index             6.9%
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Russell 1000® Index                            8.1%
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Russell 1000® Growth Index                     7.3%
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Russell 1000® Value Index                      8.9%
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Russell 2000® Index                            2.7%
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Russell 2000® Growth Index                     1.6%
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Russell 2000® Value Index                      3.8%
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Source: Russell Investments. Returns are total returns (reflect reinvestment of dividends and distributions) and are denominated in US dollars.

"Global equity market index performance year-to-date has reinforced our 'year of validation' theme, as outlined in our Annual Global Outlook that was released at the beginning of this year. We expected more modest single-digit returns across global equity markets this year as investors look closely at global growth while keeping a keen eye on stock valuations. This is consistent with our macro view that 2014 would be a year of validation rather than multiple expansion. Yet investors appear to have growing confidence in the global economy as illustrated by performance of emerging markets and growth-oriented stocks outside the U.S.," said Stephen Wood, Russell Investments' chief market strategist. "For the second half of the year, we foresee a continuation of a low return, increasingly volatile market. In this environment, a disciplined, active management approach becomes even more important in helping to drive investment returns."

Later this month Russell will issue its latest quarterly outlook update, elaborating on Russell's market view for the remainder of 2014. For more information on the Russell Indexes, go to the Russell Indexes 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.

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.

Opinions expressed by Mr. Wood reflect market performance as of July 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.

Forecasting is inherently uncertain and may be incorrect. It is not representative of a projection of the stock market, or of any specific investments

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.

Copyright © Russell Investments 2014. All rights reserved.

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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