Why We Use Russell Instead of S&P

Why We Use Russell Instead of S&P

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Ever wondered why we use Russell instead of S&P for benchmarks in the RPAG system? Here are four important reasons:

  • Russell ranks each company in the investable universe according to its total market capitalization while S&P uses a committee to make these decisions. Market cap is the primary indicator to determine where a company belongs in the Russell Index.
  • Using a float adjustment methodology, Russell creates benchmarks that most accurately reflect the market, and Russell’s indices adjust each company’s capitalization ranking to eliminate closely-held shares that aren’t likely to be traded.
  • By updating index holdings on a regular basis and reconstituting them annually, Russell provides a truer representation of the market.
  • Russell indices objectively allow the market to determine the index composition according to clear and published rules. The market determines which companies are included, not the subjective vote of a selection committee.

For more information the importance of a benchmark, contact one of our plan advisors.