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  • The Russell 2000 is a stock market index made up of 2,000 small-cap US companies.
  • It is a widely used performance benchmark for funds that invest in small-cap equities.
  • The broad cross section of US-focused companies in the Russell 2000 also makes it a barometer for the economy.
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The Russell 2000 is a stock index that tracks the performance of 2,000 small-capitalization companies and often serves as a measure of the underlying health of the US economy. It comprises the smallest companies included in the broader Russell 3000 Index, and is one of the most widely used benchmarks for funds that invest in small-cap stocks.

The Russell 2000 accounts for 10% of…

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