New Russell Core Plus Fixed Income Pool Launched in Russell Sovereign Investment Program and Sovereign Diversified Monthly Income Portfolio

    Core Plus strategy designed to give investors greater access to foreign
    opportunities, along with added diversification and return potential

    TORONTO, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - Russell Investments Canada (Russell Canada) is
pleased to announce the launch of the Russell Core Plus Fixed Income Pool
("Core Plus Pool") today. The Core Plus Pool is designed to give investors
greater diversification in their portfolios. It also seeks to provide higher
return potential than a typical fixed income fund. Some features of the Core
Plus Pool include:

    -   Increased diversification, as a result of a wider opportunity set,
        lower associated correlations relative to traditional fixed income
        strategies, and less reliance on duration.

    -   Provides an effective complement to a balanced portfolio, by seeking
        increased performance of the fixed income segment of the portfolio
        while not significantly increasing the total risk.

    -   Active bond managers in the Pool have increased ability to add value
        where they see attractive opportunities.

    -   Seeks higher excess return potential than a typical fixed income

    "The Russell Core Plus Fixed Income Pool provides a wider opportunity set
by giving active bond managers the flexibility to find value beyond
traditional sectors of the fixed income markets, such as non-Canadian high
yield, currency and global debt securities, such as emerging markets. It is
ideal for investors seeking a higher level of fixed income return potential,"
says Greg Nott, fixed income portfolio manager for Russell Canada.
    "The options for adding value in the domestic bond market are limited,
especially in comparison to global bond markets, which have historically held
a broader range of value added strategies. The Canadian fixed income landscape
is currently undergoing an evolution, and the Russell Core Plus Fixed Income
Pool ensures that clients remain on the leading edge of fixed income
strategies and products."
    The Core Plus approach has been a well-established fixed income strategy
in the U.S. over the past 15 years and has more recently gained popularity
amongst institutional investors in Canada. Core Plus is an ideal strategy at a
time when foreign investing restrictions have been eliminated and there are
greater opportunities for excess return in the global fixed income market.
    For more information on the new Russell Core Plus Fixed Income Pool,
please contact Russell Canada at 1-888-509-1792.

    About Russell

    Russell Investments is a global leader in multi-manager investing and one
of the world leaders in investment consulting. Russell advises institutional
clients with total assets of over C$2.0 trillion and manages approximately   
C$229 billion in its investment management business.
    Russell supports its global operations by monitoring more than 4,000
manager firms and their 8,600 products.
    Russell Investments serves institutional and individual investors with a
full range of investment services, including investment consulting, investment
funds which include private equity and hedge funds, transition management,
commission recapture and stock indexes. Founded in 1936, Russell has its
headquarters in Tacoma, Washington, USA and has principal offices in Toronto,
New York, London, Paris, Sydney, Singapore, Auckland, and Tokyo. Russell
Investments Canada Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Frank Russell
Company. For more information, please go to
    Russell Investment Group is a registered trade name of Frank Russell
Company, a Washington, USA corporation. It operates in Canada through its
subsidiary Russell Investments Canada Limited. Frank Russell Company is a
subsidiary of The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.
    For further information, please contact: Thien Huynh, Russell Investments
Canada, (416) 640-2529

    Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may
be associated with mutual fund investments. Please read the prospectus before
investing. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and
past performance may not be repeated.

For further information:

For further information: Thien Huynh, (416) 640-2529; Katita Stark,
(416) 929-9100

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