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Global Markets 5 Years After Lehman: European Equities Contribute to a Broad-Based and Robust Recovery in Global Equity Markets

Global Markets 5 Years After Lehman: European Equities Contribute to a Broad-Based and Robust Recovery in Global Equity Markets Since
Historic Bankruptcy 
SEATTLE, WA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/12/13 --  On September 15, 2008
Lehman Brothers Holdings, a global financial services firm and the
fourth largest U.S. investment bank at the time, declared bankruptcy. 
This historic and closely watched event helped initiate a rapid
market decline in subsequent months, with global equity markets
reaching all-time lows on March 9, 2009. Since this date, global
equity markets have had a measurable and sustained recovery. 


 
--  The Russell 3000(R) Index, representing the broad universe of U.S.
    stocks, lost (-39.3%) between September 15, 2008 and March 9, 2009
    then rebounded between March 9, 2009 and September 10, 2013 with a
    +167.7% return.
    
    
--  The Russell Developed Europe Index, lost (-43.3%) between September
    15, 2008 and March 9, 2009, then returned +135.3% between March 9,
    2009 and September 10, 2013.
    
    
--  Russell Developed Europe Index northern country constituents Ireland
    (+269.7%), Sweden (+258.2%) and Norway (+193.0%) led the Index for the
    period between March 9, 2009 and September 10, 2013. Portugal
    (+34.7%), Spain (+59.5) and Italy (+60.1%) were the bottom three
    country constituent performers for this same time period.
    
    
--  The Consumer Discretionary sector (+218.0%) has led all sectors within
    the Russell Developed Europe Index between March 9, 2009 and September
    10, 2013. The Utility sector (+52.3%) has been the bottom performing
    sector within the Index for this same time period.

  
"Consistent with Russell's conclusion then that the end of the world
was indeed not nigh, market performance since those dark days of 2008
has reinforced the importance to global investors of a strategically
disciplined and adaptive multi-asset portfolio approach," said Wouter
Sturkenboom, investment strategist with Russell Investments Europe.
"While the U.S. stock market performance has led, the equity market
rally since March 2009 has been broad-based as well as global -- even
areas such as emerging, which have faced challenges in recent months,
have logged strong performance since 2009 market lows."  


 
                                                                            
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  Index                                   Sept 15, 2008 -   March 9, 2009 - 
                                           March 9, 2009     Sept 10, 2013  
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  Russell Developed Europe Index              -43.3%            135.3%      
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  Russell 2000 Index                          -46.1%            205.3%      
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  Russell 1000 Index                          -38.7%            164.8%      
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  Russell 3000 Index                          -39.3%            167.7%      
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  Russell Emerging Markets Index              -36.8%            132.6%      
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  Russell Asia-Pacific Index                  -31.1%            114.8%      
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  Russell Developed Europe Index Country                                    
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  Austria                                     -59.9%            133.7%      
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  Ireland                                     -56.4%            269.7%      
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  Finland                                     -48.2%            108.0%      
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  France                                      -40.5%            112.8%      
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  Germany                                     -43.6%            144.3%      
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  Italy                                       -53.0%             60.1%      
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  Luxembourg                                  -60.5%             84.2%      
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  Netherlands                                 -47.8%            155.5%      
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  Norway                                      -50.1%            193.0%      
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  Portugal                                    -32.2%             34.7%      
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  Spain                                       -40.3%             59.5%      
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  Sweden                                      -42.9%            258.2%      
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  Switzerland                                 -34.2%            145.9%      
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  United Kingdom                              -42.6%            148.4%      
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  Russell Developed Europe Index Sector                                     
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  Technology                                  -39.8%            154.2%      
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  Health Care                                 -25.5%            147.0%      
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  Consumer Discretionary                      -38.6%            218.0%      
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  Consumer Staples                            -28.7%            148.9%      
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  Energy                                      -30.5%             68.3%      
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  Materials & Processing                      -50.1%            149.3%      
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  Producer Durables                           -43.7%            183.5%      
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  Financial Services                          -64.1%            156.9%      
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  Utilities                                   -31.0%             52.3%      
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Source: Russell Investments.  
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