Define: Russell 2000 Index

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Definition: Russell 2000 Index



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Full Definition of Russell 2000 Index


The Russell 2000 index is a market capitalization-weighted index comprised of the 2,000 smallest companies listed on the Russell 3000 index, which contains the 3,000 largest companies in the U.S. based on market capitalization. The Russell 2000 index is used to measure the performance of small-company stocks (small-caps). The Russell 2000 index value represents the aggregate price or value of all listed securities. Annually, the Russell 2000 index is rebalanced or reconstituted. From an investment standpoint, the Russell 2000 index is one of the most widely used indexes and is generally accepted as the benchmark for small-cap firms. Investors can invest in the Russell 2000 index via futures, options, mutual funds and ETFs. The Russell 2000 index is published by the Frank Russell Company. The Russell 2000 index is the most well-known of the Russell Index series.


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Russell 2000 Index are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 6th February 2020.