Our top 5 favourite blog posts of 2021

An ever-evolving pandemic. An intensifying climate crisis. The strongest inflation surge in decades. The potential for drastic changes to the U.S. tax code.

From start to finish, there was no shortage of concerns for investors in 2021 - and the Russell Investments Blog was there to address them all. Amid an ongoing environment of uncertainty, we worked with some of the best and brightest minds in the firm to deliver timely, frequent and actionable insights to clients and readers alike.

With nearly 200 blog posts produced this year, determining which ones performed the best was no easy feat. Ultimately, we decided to list the five posts with the the highest levels of engagement from our readers. So, without further ado - and in no particular order - we present our top five favorite blog posts from 2021.

Power tool: Why private markets are no longer niche

Bad news: The low-return environment doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Good news: Investing in private markets, done correctly, can help. Vic Leverett, managing director and head of alternative investments, explains why.

Ready or not, the second age of ESG investing is here

With environmental, social and governance issues becoming front-and-center for corporations and governments worldwide, we believe that a second, more challenging era for ESG investors has dawned. Adam Goff, managing director and head of research, explains how an actively managed approach might help ESG investors reach their goals regardless.

What role can private markets play in a total-portfolio strategy?

Chief Investment Officer Kate El-Hillow explains why we believe successfully navigating the complexity of private markets demands risk management at the total-portfolio level.

The first 100 days: What could the Biden administration accomplish?

Like most new U.S. presidents, Joe Biden takes office with an ambitious agenda. Chief Investment Strategist Erik Ristuben unpacks the key issues likely to be addressed during Biden’s first 100 days in office.

The contradictions and complications of ESG investing

In this post, Senior Quantitative Research Analyst, Emily Steinbarth, explores the myriad of factors that make ESG investing complex, and offers an up-close look at some of the potential unintended risks.

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