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Our History

Our history

FTSE Russell has a strong heritage and forward-looking approach in developing and implementing index solutions based on investor needs and priorities - to provide you with better tools to help you make informed investment decisions.

Business milestones

Product launches

1962

Business milestones

FT-Actuaries

FT-Actuaries All-Share Index is launched, an early forerunner of the FTSE UK indexes

1962

Product launches

FT-Actuaries All-Share Index

1984

Business milestones

Russell Indexes Established

Russell constructs the first modular, float-adjusted index series to reflect the investable portion of the small and large cap segments.

FTSE 100 launches on 3 January

1984

Product launches

Russell 3000 Index

Russell 2000 Index

Russell 1000 Index

FTSE 100 Index

1986

Business milestones

The FTSE All-World Index

A precursor to the FTSE All-World Index, the FT Actuaries World Index covered 27 countries and was a collaboration between the Financial Times, the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, Goldman Sachs and broker Wood Mackenzie and Co.

1986

Product launches

FT Actuaries World Index

1987

Business milestones

The first value and growth style indexes are created

1987

Product launches

Russell Growth and Value Indexes

1992

Business milestones

First cash options on Russell 2000 are listed on the CBOE Exchange

LSE Indexes Unit further breaks down the UK FT-Actuaries All-Share index with the introduction of the FTSE Mid 250 and FTSE 350

1992

Product launches

FTSE 250 & FTSE 350

1993

Business milestones

First index-based futures on Russell 2000 become available for trading on the CME Futures Exchange

LSE Indexes Unit and FT introduce the FTSE Small Cap Index, making the FT-Actuaries All-Share Index completely modular

1993

Product launches

 

1994

Business milestones

First multi-factor style indexes are created to reflect true style representation

1994

Product launches

 

1995

Business milestones

FTSE established

A joint venture between London Stock Exchange and the Financial Times

Wood Mackenzie sold its stake in the FT-Actuaries All-Share Index to Standard and Poor’s, giving rise to the FT/S&P Actuaries World Index

1995

Product launches

FT/S&P Actuaries World Index

1997

Business milestones

FTSE took over the calculation of the index the World Index was renamed the FTSE/S&P- Actuaries World index

1997

Product launches

FTSE/S&P- Actuaries World Index

1999

Business milestones

FTSE bought out the other partners and renamed the FTSE/Samp;P- Actuaries World Index the FTSE World Index

1999

Product launches

FTSE World Index

2000

Business milestones

FTSE incorporates ING Barings Emerging Market Index to the FTSE World Index, adding emerging markets exposure and extending coverage to 90% of the global equity market. Countries are classified into "Developed" and "Advanced Emerging" markets

2000

Product launches

FTSE All-World Index

2001

Business milestones

FTSE launches the FTSE China Index Series which includes the first Chinese tradable index for international investors

FTSE creates responsible indexes to measure the performance of companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance practices.

2001

Product launches

FTSE China Index Series

FTSE4Good Index Series

2002

Business milestones

FTSE incorporates small cap and covers every equity and sector relevant to international investors' needs - extending to 98% of the global universe. Countries are classified into "Developed", "Advanced Emerging" and "Emerging" markets

2002

Product launches

FTSE Global Equity Index Series

2003

Business milestones

In partnership with Dow Jones to form the Industry Classification Benchmark (ICB)

2003

Product launches

Industry Classification Benchmark (ICB)

2005

Business milestones

FTSE creates the first global index series to represent general trends in eligible real estate equities worldwide

In partnership with Research Affiliates, FTSE creates an index series where constituents are weighted using a composite of fundamental factors

2005

Product launches

FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Index Series

FTSE RAFI Series

2006

Business milestones

FTSE creates a comprehensive family of REIT-focused indexes that span the commercial real estate industry

2006

Product launches

FTSE NAREIT US Real Estate Index Series

2008

Business milestones

FTSE adds frontier markets to its global index suite

2008

Product launches

FTSE Frontier 50 Index

2011

Business milestones

Russell launches the expanded style indexes to include "Third Dimension of Style" using Volatility and Quality factors

2011

Product launches

Russell Defensive and Dynamic Indexes

2013

Business milestones

FTSE and TMX combine fixed income index businesses to become the predominant provider of find income indexes in international markets

2013

Product launches

FTSE TMX Debt Capital Markets

2014

Business milestones

Series designed to represent performance of specific factor characteristics and additional combinations of factors comprising the series including: Liquidity, Momentum, Quality, Size, Value and Volatility

2014

Product launches

FTSE Global Factor Indexes

2015

Business milestones

FTSE and Russell combined to create FTSE Russell

2015

Product launches