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Russell launches global infrastructure and global real estate pools for Canadians

Russell Investments Canada has launched the Russell Global Infrastructure Pool and the Russell Global Real Estate Pool for Canadian investors seeking to diversify their portfolios beyond traditional stocks and bonds.

"Institutional investors have been looking to invest in global infrastructure and real estate opportunities for increased diversification, and we believe retail investors would benefit from this same access," says David Feather, president and chief executive officer, Russell Investments Canada. "In this low return and volatile market environment, investors need access to additional sources of portfolio diversification in order to improve their risk/return outcomes."

The new pools complement Russell's existing suite of fixed-income and equity solutions by offering investors the opportunity to invest in asset classes that have low correlations with traditional stocks and bonds. As well, global infrastructure has historically delivered lower volatility, while both it and real estate securities have historically offered higher yield than traditional equities.

"Global infrastructure and real estate are generally underrepresented in most multi-asset portfolios," says Greg Nott, chief investment officer for Russell Investments Canada. "Thoughtful implementation of actively managed real assets may provide the potential for growth and income opportunities, differentiated return drivers and the benefits of active management. In today's challenging investment environment, these desirable attributes can go a long way towards helping to ensure investors actually achieve their stated investment objectives."

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