The Russell US equity indexes define the market, and year after year the Russell 2000 Index sets the standard for small cap measurement. This index provides a pure and objective exposure to small cap stocks. Its transparent methodology, annual reconstitution and the quarterly additions of IPOs ensure that small cap stays small and perhaps more importantly, doesn’t miss out on small cap opportunities.
The Russell 2000 Index provides live index tracking data, with historical performance dating back to January 1984. Academic and practitioner research confirms that large-cap stocks behave differently to small-cap stocks and performance is variable. There are sub-periods during which the Russell 1000 outperforms the Russell 2000 and vice versa. Quarterly performance assessments provide valuable datapoints for understanding market sentiment and US economic activity.