2017 was a busy year for the Russell Investments blog. We saw a massive uptick in readership, which we take as proof in readers’ interest in topics ranging from multi-asset investing to the low-return imperative to manager research. As 2017 comes to a close, take a look back at the blog posts that received the highest levels of engagement from our readers—the top five most-read posts of the year. Happy reading—and happy holidays!

  1. Harvard goes multi-asset
    In our top post of the year, Senior Portfolio Manager Rob Balkema looked at how Harvard University’s endowment has transitioned from a portfolio of asset class sleeves to a generalist investment model—an approach we see clearly as multi-asset. At Russell Investments, we made the same move eight years ago—and are proud of the single, globally integrated investment team we have today.
  2. The risk of taking risks
    In the concluding piece of our three-part series on principles of the low-return imperative, Senior Portfolio Manager Jon Eggins discusses why we believe investors can no longer take on risks they don’t expect to get paid for—and identifies two key risks we see as unrewarded.
  3. Active, passive and the low-return imperative
    Global CIO Jeff Hussey discusses why we believe investors should consider a multi-asset approach in today’s low-return environment, and why multi-asset puts an end to the active-versus-passive debate.
  4. Mutual fund ratings, The Wall Street Journal and the value of manager research
    By definition, mutual fund star-rating systems focus on past performance—not future results. Mark Spina, Head of our U.S. Advisor and Intermediary Services, explains why we believe that the key to identifying potential outperformers lies in extensive manager research—and that’s what we do.
  5. 3 reasons to consider infrastructure investment
    In the initial piece of our three-part series on the low-return imperative, Client Portfolio Manager Darren Spencer makes the case for investing in infrastructure. Darren explains why we see infrastructure as a shining example of the low-return imperative’s first principle: it’s an asset class that cannot be ignored in the search for additional returns.

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