Thirty years ago,Russell Investments changed the landscape of how fund firms could evaluate managerial performance, by launching broad benchmarks of stock performance in the United States.

These were the Russell 3000, 2000 and 1000 indices, intended to be more accurate and comprehensive equity indexes, compared to the Standard & Poor's 500, which tracked large-cap stocks, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which tracked just 30 stocks all told.

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