Helping you navigate through downside market swings.
Helping you navigate through downside market swings.

What is risk management?

When it comes to investing, risk management is the active mitigation of uncertainty that surrounds all investment opportunities. Investing is inherently risky. At Russell Investments, we do not seek to avoid risk, but rather work to ensure that the right risks are taken, with the highest likelihood of compensation. We work to ensure exposure to uncompensated risk is minimised.

How do you get downside protection?

This downside management toolkit can help with your investment risk management. We’ll keep you informed of the latest market events, share how we've been managing downside risk in our portfolios, and equip you with important truths to hold onto during unavoidable market volatility.

Insights for times of market uncertainty

Market views
What goes up must come down, right? We know navigating through turbulent markets can be trying at best. Our investment experts help you by sharing their insights and strategies among uncertain times.

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How we manage risk

Read select blog posts describing how we help investors manage downside risk with diversification, dynamic asset allocation, and effective implementation capabilities.

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Important truths
This collection of resources shines a light on the importance of staying invested during market turmoil, the difficulties in timing market exit and re-entry amid volatility, and using risk tolerance to make clear decisions.

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Investing in volatile times

At Russell Investments, we help investors manage downside risk in three ways: by diversifying sources of returns, by using a robust dynamic asset allocation process to guide tactical positioning, and by seeking effective implementation capabilities. We have been anticipating a low-return, high-volatility environment for the last 2-3 years. Accordingly, we have been dynamically adjusting our portfolio positioning to manage downside risk.

Why downside protection may matter more than upside growth

In today's uncertain environment, preserving capital may be more important than chasing growth.

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Managing risk biases

We find that it is increasingly important for asset owners to have tools to take control of risk and exposures in their total portfolio. Learn three ways that completion portfolios can improve risk-adjusted outcomes.

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Investing in today’s markets without a crystal ball

While we can’t offer up a crystal ball to look into the future of markets, we do believe there are some specific ways to potentially help investors navigate today’s murky waters.

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Global investing and currency hedging: Performance and impact

Over the long term, currency hedging can provide you with valuable protection and returns, particularly in volatile markets. Here we outline some of the key considerations for UK investors exposed to global equities and explain how currency hedging can impact or benefit a global, multi-asset portfolio.

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Volatile times call for currency management

As the clock ticks down towards another Brexit deadline on 31 October 2019, the British pound has had several bouts of prolonged volatility.

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Important market volatility truths

Keep calm in volatile markets: Cycle of market emotions

The key to successful investing is to buy low and sell high. But more often than not, investors do the exact opposite. The reason? Investors are human. For example, many panic and cash out when markets fall. Ironically, at these times, these investors fail to recognise they are actually at the point of maximum financial opportunity.

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Value of Global Diversification

There are several potential benefits of a diversified investment portfolio, and one of the most important is to reduce concentration risk. This tool shows how different asset classes have performed erratically year to year, demonstrating the benefits of a well-diversified, multi asset approach.

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Value of Staying Invested

Although the markets might return a loss in difficult years, this tool shows the returns a client could have experienced had they stayed invested. Using weighted averages, it also demonstrates the difference in volatility and returns between lower risk and higher risk strategies.

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Why a dynamic multi-asset approach matters during volatile markets

We believe nimbleness and dynamism is most beneficial during periods of market dislocation, where the elapsed time between idea and implementation is critical. Using the sell-off we experienced on the 5th of February 2018 as an example, David Vickers, Senior Portfolio Manager of the Multi-Asset Growth Strategy, explains why a dynamic multi-asset approach matters during volatile markets.

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Market Insights

Market drivers

Weekly market update on global investment news in a quick five-minute video format featuring some of our top investment professionals.

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2019 Global Market Outlook

Russell Investments' comprehensive quarterly report setting out our strategists' views and analysis on global investment markets and economies.

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Any opinion expressed is that of Russell Investment, is not a statement of fact, is subject to change and does not constitute investment advice.

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