Russell will begin trading its new “Russell Low P/E ETF” (NYSE:LWPE) Thursday May 19, 2011. The Fund seeks investment results that closely correspond to the total return of the Russell U.S. Large Cap Low P/E Index.
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses: 0.37%
Principal Investment Strategies of the Fund
The Fund is an index-based exchange-traded fund that seeks investment results that closely correspond to the total return of the Russell U.S. Large Cap Low P/E Index (the “Index”). RIMCo uses a “passive” or indexing approach to try to achieve the Fund’s investment objective. Unlike many investment companies, the Fund does not try to “beat” the Index it tracks and does not seek temporary defensive positions when markets decline or appear overvalued. The Fund’s investment objective and the index upon which the Fund seeks to track its performance may be changed without shareholder approval.
The Fund’s investment adviser, Russell Investment Management Company (“RIMCo”), using a replication strategy, generally invests in all of the stocks comprising the Index in proportion to their weightings in the Index. However, under various circumstances, it may not be possible or practicable to purchase all of those stocks in those weightings. In those circumstances, the Fund may purchase a sample of stocks in the Index. There may also be instances in which RIMCo may choose to overweight another stock in the Index, purchase securities not in the Index which RIMCo believes are appropriate to substitute for certain securities in the Index or utilize various combinations of other available investment techniques, in seeking to track the Index. The Fund may sell stocks that are represented in the Index in anticipation of their removal from the Index or purchase stocks not represented in the Index in anticipation of their addition to the Index. The Fund will normally invest at least 80% of its total assets in common stocks that comprise the Index.
The Index is designed to select securities intended to produce performance that is similar to professional investment managers following a low price to earnings investment discipline. This discipline focuses on companies that are trading at lower multiples relative to their prior level and/or their sector peers. Starting with the Russell 1000® Index (an index comprised of U.S. stocks), the Index includes companies that have a price to one year forecasted earnings, price to trailing earnings and/or price to cash flow multiple below their five year historical average. The Index excludes stocks that have a price to sales and/or price to book multiple that exceeds their sector peers, when all three inclusionary criteria are not met.
Indexing may reduce the chance that the Fund will substantially outperform its Index but also may reduce some of the risks of active management, such as security selection.
The Index is sponsored by Frank Russell Company (“Russell” or the “Index Provider”), an affiliate of the Fund and RIMCo. The Index Provider determines the composition and relative weightings of the securities in the Index and publishes information regarding the market value of the Index. The Index is reconstituted quarterly. Additional information regarding the Index Provider is provided in the “Index Provider” section of the Fund’s Prospectus.
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