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SSgA launches two SPDR ETFs providing access to 98 per cent of US equity market


State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) has listed two UCITS ETFs on Deutsche Börse Xetra, which between them provide access to 98 per cent of the US equity market.

The SPDR Russell 2000 US Small Cap UCITS ETF tracks the most broadly followed institutional benchmark for smaller US companies in the market, while the SPDR Russell 3000 US Total Market UCITS ETF is the first product on the Russell 3000 Index available in Europe.
Through the SPDR Russell 2000 ETF, investors will be able to gain access to the strong growth potential of the US small cap equity market. For investors with a broader focus, the SPDR Russell 3000 ETF, comprised of the Large Cap Russell 1000 Index and the Small Cap Russell 2000 Index, offers exposure to 98 per cent of the investible US equity market via one single trade.
Edwin Mars, vice president, senior sales manager IBG ETF (SPDR) Benelux, says: “On average, US small caps stocks have historically had higher risk adjusted returns and outperformed large caps in the long term, especially when recovering from recessionary periods. This makes them an especially attractive play for investors looking to access any recovery in the US market.
“US equities remain a core part of every investor’s portfolio and these two new ETFs will give investors access to the full breadth and depth of the US equity market that they may otherwise miss in their portfolio construction.”
Rolf Agather, managing director of global index research and innovation at Russell Investments, says: “Today, Russell’s US indices are widely embraced by institutional investors, with more than USD5.2 trillion in assets benchmarked against them and 73 per cent of the market share captured for all US institutional equity products reporting a benchmark. And volume for index-based investment vehicles on the Russell 2000 Index was greater than any competing index in 2013.”

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