Index-linked products

Indices are what power index-linked products like ETFs, tracker funds, structured products or other derivatives. All indices are not created equally.

Discover our index-based solutions

Investors choosing products linked to FTSE Russell indices can gain access to a range of asset classes, regions and categories, helping them track index performance or manage risk.


FTSE Russell Index-based derivatives include futures and options, financial contracts that provide investors with exposure to the performance of an asset class or group of stocks in a single trade. They are often used as risk-hedging tools bought with the expectation that the value of the underlying index will increase or decrease during the time of the contract. Investors choosing these products can gain access to more difficult to reach asset classes, regions and categories.

FTSE Russell does not distribute futures or options products. These products are listed for trading on the exchanges noted below; please contact the exchange or your broker for more information.

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

FTSE Russell indices are used by ETF issuers in every corner of the world. Our transparent approach combines rules-based, research-driven methodologies with strong, independent governance to create high-quality indices for issuers of equity, fixed income, smart beta, factor, REIT and ESG ETFs.

Our index data is supplemented by proprietary research and a global team of product specialists supporting issuers, distributors and end-users of ETFs.

Download our regional lists of ETFs benchmarked to FTSE Russell indices.

The right ETF starts with the right index.

Direct indexing solutions

Over the past two decades, index allocations have become a portfolio staple in the wealth management marketplace. More recently, direct indexing has risen to prominence in the index investing conversation.

As a growing number of wealth management firms and advisors implement direct indexing solutions, it’s essential they don’t underestimate the importance of index selection.

Our goal is to help wealth and asset managers add value for their clients via direct indexing solutions that are carefully tailored to their specific needs and preferences.

Our world-famous benchmarks, such as the Russell US Indexes, provide a solid foundation for personalised investment strategies.

Collective Investment Trusts (CITs)

Indices are driving the growth of Collective Investment Trusts (CITs), and all indices are not created equally.

More than $4.5T of investment product assets passively track FTSE Russell indices (source: Cerulli Associates, 2020). Institutional investors around the world select these investment products to build portfolios that meet their clients’ specific investment objectives. Analytics tools designed for retirement plan sponsors support proportional allocation to asset classes and potentially improve risk-adjusted returns, along with simple portfolio-level performance reporting and customisable capabilities like ESG ratings.


Educational webinars with ETF issuers and derivatives exchanges

Deeper knowledge about how indices work can drive better portfolio outcomes for wealth advisors. Our joint webinars with asset managers and exchanges are designed to help you understand the methodology underlying our indices. For a larger selection of educational webinars, please visit FTSE Russell's dedicated BrightTALK channel.

Convenes series

Video interviews with ETF issuers and derivatives exchanges


FTSE Russell is a trading name of (1) FTSE International Limited (“FTSE”), (2) Frank Russell Company (“Russell”), (3) FTSE Global Debt Capital Markets Inc. and FTSE Global Debt Capital Markets Limited (together, “FTSE Canada”), (4) FTSE Fixed Income Europe Limited (“FTSE FI Europe”), (5) FTSE Fixed Income LLC (“FTSE FI”), (6) FTSE (Beijing) Consulting Limited (“WOFE”) (7) Refinitiv Benchmark Services (UK) Limited(“RBSL”), (8) Refinitiv Limited (“RL”) and (9) Beyond Ratings S.A.S. (“BR”), which are subsidiaries of London Stock Exchange Group plc (“LSEG”).

Where it is the administrator, FTSE Russell is responsible for the production, governance, maintenance and change management of the FTSE Russell index. The index rules for the indices (the “Index Rules”) are prepared by FTSE Russell and are approved by the internal FTSE Russell Index Governance Board. FTSE Russell manages, calculates, monitors and distributes the FTSE Russell index in accordance with the Index Rules and conducts the index review process. All FTSE Russell staff are subject to policies pertaining to confidentiality, management of conflicts of interest, treatment of inside information and dealing in securities to control the exchange of information between staff and third parties.

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