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Russell to close passively-managed U.S. ETFs

Seattle, WA — August 17, 2012 — Russell Investments announced today that the Board of Trustees of Russell Exchange Traded Funds Trust authorized the orderly termination and liquidation of Russell's U.S. passively managed family of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) on or before October 24, 2012. In aggregate, the 25 funds affected by this decision had approximately $310 million in assets as of July 31, 2012.

Today's announcement does not impact the Russell Equity ETF (ONEF), which is an actively managed, asset allocated portfolio that aligns with Russell's focus on multi-asset solutions. Russell will continue to operate the Russell Equity ETF, which is benchmarked to the Russell Developed Large Cap Index.

Recognizing the role that ETFs can play in an investment portfolio, Russell will continue to focus on offering solutions in the actively-managed, asset allocated ETF space as part of its core capability in investment strategy implementation as well as in the passive ETF space through its index licensing business. Russell remains the underlying index provider for many ETFs around the world, which have more than $80 billion in assets under management, and will continue its strong partnership with all of its ETF sponsor clients.

Regarding the closures, while the innovation behind Russell's next-generation ETF products received substantial interest in general, the market for them is still in its early days. Given challenging equity market conditions since the launch of these products, Russell determined that proposing the liquidation of the passively-managed ETFs at this time is in the best interests of the ETFs and their shareholders.

The affected Funds, listed below, will be closed to new investment on October 9, 2012. The Funds will be delisted from NYSE Arca, Inc. or the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC, as the case may be, effective at the close of trading on October 16, 2012 with the respective exchanges halting trading in the Funds before the open of trading on October 17, 2012. Full liquidation of the Funds is intended to be completed by October 24, 2012.

On October 16, 2012, the Funds will commence the process of liquidating their assets and, consequently, will not be pursuing their investment objectives. During the liquidation period between October 16 and October 24, 2012, the passively managed ETFs will not carry on any business, except for the purposes of winding up their affairs and distributing investment income, capital gains and assets to shareholders, who may redeem shares at any point prior to the liquidation date.

Shareholders may sell their holdings on the NYSE Arca or NASDAQ through October 16, 2012, incurring any applicable transaction fees from their broker-dealer. All shareholders remaining on October 16, 2012 will receive cash equal to the amount of the net asset value of their Fund shares as of October 16, 2012, which will include any capital gains and dividends, into the cash portion of their brokerage accounts.

Shareholders receiving the final liquidation cash distribution will not incur transaction fees from their broker-dealer in connection with this distribution or the cancellation of their Fund shares. Moreover, shareholders will not bear any expenses associated with the liquidation of the Funds other than bearing indirectly the portfolio transaction costs incurred in liquidating the Funds' assets in advance of the Funds' closure.

ETFs to be discontinued Ticker Exchange
Russell 1000 High Beta ETF HBTA NYSE Arca
Russell 1000 Low Beta ETF LBTA NYSE Arca
Russell 1000 High Volatility ETF HVOL NYSE Arca
Russell 1000 Low Volatility ETF LVOL NYSE Arca
Russell 1000 High Momentum ETF HMTM NYSE Arca
Russell 2000 High Beta ETF SHBT NYSE Arca
Russell 2000 Low Beta ETF SLBT NYSE Arca
Russell 2000 High Volatility ETF SHVY NYSE Arca
Russell 2000 Low Volatility ETF SLVY NYSE Arca
Russell 2000 High Momentum ETF SHMO NYSE Arca
Russell Developed ex-U.S. Low Beta ETF XLBT NYSE Arca
Russell Developed ex-U.S. Low Volatility ETF XLVO NYSE Arca
Russell Developed ex-U.S. High Momentum ETF XHMO NYSE Arca
 
Russell Aggressive Growth ETF AGRG NYSE Arca
Russell Consistent Growth ETF CONG NYSE Arca
Russell Contrarian ETF CNTR NYSE Arca
Russell Equity Income ETF EQIN NYSE Arca
Russell Growth at a Reasonable Price ETF GRPC NYSE Arca
Russell Low P/E ETF LWPE NYSE Arca
Russell Small Cap Aggressive Growth ETF SGGG NASDAQ
Russell Small Cap Consistent Growth ETF SCOG NASDAQ
Russell Small Cap Contrarian ETF SCTR NASDAQ
Russell Small Cap Low P/E ETF SCLP NASDAQ
 
Russell High Dividend Yield ETF HDIV NYSE Arca
Russell Small Cap High Dividend Yield ETF DIVS NYSE Arca

About Russell Investments

Russell Investments (Russell) is a global asset manager and one of only a few firms that offer actively managed multi-asset portfolios and services that include advice, investments and implementation. Working with institutional investors, financial advisors and individuals, Russell's core capabilities extend across capital markets insights, manager research, Indexes, portfolio implementation and portfolio construction.

Russell has about $152 billion in assets under management (as of 6/30/2012) and works with 2,400 institutional clients, more than 580 independent distribution partners and advisors, and individual investors globally. As a consultant to some of the largest pools of capital in the world, Russell has $2.4 trillion in assets under advisement (as of 12/31/11). It has four decades of experience researching and selecting investment managers and meets annually with more than 2,200 managers around the world. Russell traded more than $1.5 trillion in 2011 through its implementation services business. Russell calculates more than 80,000 benchmarks daily covering 98% of the investable market globally, 85 countries and more than 10,000 securities. Approximately $3.9 trillion in assets are benchmarked to the Russell Indexes.

Russell is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, USA, Russell has offices around the world including Amsterdam, Auckland, Chicago, Frankfurt, London, Melbourne, Milan, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto. For more information about how Russell helps to improve financial security for people, visit www.russell.com or follow us @Russell_News.

Contacts:
Steve Claiborne, 206-505-1858

ETFs are subject to risks similar to those of stocks, including, if applicable, those related to short-selling and margin account maintenance. There is no guarantee that dividends will be paid. If stocks held by the ETF reduce or stop paying dividends, the ETF's ability to generate income may be affected. The ETFs are passively managed and may not match or achieve a high degree of correlation with the return of their corresponding index. As with all investments, there are certain risks of investing in an ETF, and you could lose money on an investment in an ETF.

Investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses before investing in Russell ETFs. This and other information can be found in the fund prospectus, which may be obtained by calling 888-RSL-ETFS (888-775-3837) or by downloading the file from russelletfs.com. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing.

Russell ETFs are distributed by ALPS Distributors, Inc. ("ALPS"). Russell Investment Management Company ("RIMCo," dba Russell Investments) serves as the investment advisor to the ETFs. ALPS and RIMCo are separate and unaffiliated. Neither ALPS nor RIMCo nor any of their affiliates provides tax advice.

Russell Investment Group, a Washington, USA corporation, operates through subsidiaries worldwide including Russell Investments. Russell Investment Group is a subsidiary of The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.

Russell Investments is the owner of the trademarks, service marks and copyrights related to its indexes.

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