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Russell 2000 Index in positive territory for 2014

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After a volatile year-to-date of ups and downs for the US small-cap Russell 2000 Index, the index finished August in positive year-to-date territory at 1.8 per cent as of 31 August.

Whether the index will show a positive return for 2014 may depend on how it has performed year-to-date but, even more importantly, how it performs in September.
 
Russell Indexes examined Russell 2000 Index returns from 1999 through 2014. Of the nine positive September performances in the last 15 years, eight foreshadowed a positive year for US small caps. Of the six negative September performances in the last 15 years, just two led to positive years.
 
In the last 15 years, a positive year-to-date return for the Russell 2000 Index through August 31 led to a positive year seven out of ten times, while a negative year-to-date return through August 31 meant a negative year for the index three of six times.      
 
“Of course, past performance is no guarantee of future results, but market indexes can be powerful tools and history teachers,” says Tom Goodwin, senior indexes research director with Russell Investments. “In a year of more pronounced market ups and downs such as 2014, it is important for investors to have access to high quality index tools to help measure and track the continuing evolution of the markets.”

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