New portfolio developments over the last week include two new funds and from Russell Investments, equity allocation changes to other Russell funds, and a projection on custom target-date funds from Cerulli.
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Here are the latest developments of interest to advisors:
1) Russell Investments Launches Two New Funds, Changes Allocations
Russell Investments announced Wednesday the launch of two new funds, the Russell Multi-Strategy Alternative Fund (RMSEX) and the Russell U.S. Strategic Equity Fund (RSESX), and updates to theU.S. equity allocation of many of its portfolios.
These reallocations included changing the investment strategies, names and benchmarks of the Russell U.S. Growth Fund (RSGCX) and the Russell U.S. Quantitative Equity Fund (REQTX) to incorporate insights based on the Russell Stability Indexes style-based benchmarks. The Russell U.S. Growth Fund was renamed the Russell U.S. Dynamic Equity Fund and the Russell U.S. Quantitative Equity Fund was renamed the Russell U.S. Defensive Equity Fund.
RMSEX seeks to achieve long-term capital growth with low correlation to, and lower volatility than, global equity markets. Its benchmark is the Barclays U.S. 1-3 Month Treasury Bill Index.
RSESX is an open-ended fund employing a multiasset approach to gain exposure toU.S.large- and medium-capitalization companies. It seeks to provide long-term capital growth, and will initially feature 10 manager assignments, representing five investment styles—defensive, dynamic, growth, value and market-oriented—and multiple substyles. Its benchmark is the Russell 1000 Index.
The Russell U.S. Dynamic Equity Fund, previously the Russell U.S. Growth Fund, has changed its investment strategy from investing in growth stocks to a dynamic style of investing, and may implement a limited long-short strategy. Its benchmark will change from the Russell 1000 Growth Index to the Russell 1000 Dynamic Index.
Additionally, the Russell U.S. Defensive Equity Fund, previously the Russell U.S. Quantitative Equity Fund, will change its investment strategy from a quantitative investment approach to a defensive style of investing and discontinue the limited long-short strategy. Its benchmark will change from the Russell 1000 Index to the Russell 1000 Defensive Index.
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