Heavy volume expected due to Russell realignment

|By:, SA News Editor

Russell Investments is planning its annual index realignment today, affecting more than $5T in assets. Credit Suisse estimates $42B will trade as a result of the adjustment, resulting in one of the biggest trading days of the year in terms of dollar volume.

Asset managers and investors will have to realign their portfolios to match up with the new shifts in indices such as the Russell 2000 and the Russell 3000.

Due to the expected surge in volume, exchanges are now busy preparing for possible technical issues occurring over the course of the day.

Yesterday, the London Stock Exchange said it will acquire Frank Russell for $2.7B.

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