Russell Investments expands multi-asset offering for Canadian investors

Outcome-oriented, globally diversified Russell Multi-Asset Growth Strategy for Canadian investors targets equity-like returns with lower volatility

TORONTO, March 2, 2016

Russell Investments Canada Limited (global asset manager Russell Investments) is expanding its suite of multi–asset offerings for Canadian investors with Russell Multi–Asset Growth Strategy (MAGS)*, which is designed to help meet the growing demand for growth in investment portfolios amid volatile markets. MAGS is an outcome–oriented multi–asset solution that provides diversified exposure to both traditional and non-traditional asset classes, including equities, fixed income, real assets and absolute return portfolio segments. The investment portfolio's asset allocation, strategies and exposures can also be tactically adapted in an effort to help manage risk and take advantage of market opportunities.

“Multi–asset is the next generation of investing. It delivers exposure to a globally diverse mix of asset classes and styles—all in a single investment portfolio,” said David Feather, President and CEO of Russell Investments Canada Limited. “Our multi–asset approach differs from that of typical balanced funds, as it also offers exposure to non–traditional asset classes like real assets, is outcome–oriented rather than benchmark–constrained, and can be tactically adjusted. We have high conviction that many investors will be well–served by well–constructed multi–asset portfolios.”

The MAGS portfolio objective is to target long–term capital appreciation with the aim of achieving equity–like returns, but with lower volatility. The fund targets a specific return objective above inflation using an outcome–oriented design, high–conviction investment strategies and tactical asset allocation. The fund provides exposure to specialist managers across a variety of different strategies, allowing investors to potentially benefit from multiple sources of return while seeking to manage risk.

“Multi–asset funds have become increasingly popular among investors who want a comprehensive outcome–oriented solution using tactical asset allocation, effective broad diversification and downside protection strategies,”said Greg Nott, chief investment officer, Canada and senior portfolio manager. “In today's investing environment, the prospect of generating equity–like returns, with lower volatility, is a compelling investment proposition for investors.”

Other Canadian funds in Russell Investments' multi–asset suite of products include Russell Multi–Asset Fixed Income and Russell Multi–Asset Growth & Income. Russell Investments manages approximately CAD$158 billion in multi–asset AUM globally (as of Sept. 30, 2015).

*Formerly Russell LifePoints All Equity Portfolio and Russell LifePoints All Equity Class Portfolio

About Russell Investments

Russell Investments is a global asset manager and one of only a few firms that offers actively managed multi–asset portfolios and services that include advice, investments and implementation. Russell Investments stands with institutional investors, financial advisors and individuals working with their advisors — using the firm's core capabilities that extend across capital market insights, manager research, asset allocation, portfolio implementation and factor exposures to help each achieve their desired investment outcomes.

Russell Investments has more than CAD$318 billion in assets under management (as of 9/30/2015) and works with over 2,500 institutional clients, independent distribution partners and individual investors globally. As a consultant to some of the largest pools of capital in the world, the firm has US$2.2 trillion in assets under advisement (as of 6/30/2015). It has four decades of experience researching and selecting investment managers and meets annually with more than 2,200 managers around the world. Russell Investments traded more than US$1.7 trillion in 2014 through its implementation services business.

Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Russell Investments operates globally, including through its offices in Seattle, New York, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, Dubai, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Toronto, Chicago, Milwaukee and Edinburgh. For more information about how Russell Investments helps to improve financial security for people, visit or follow @Russell_Invest

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