FTSE Russell for ETFs

FTSE Russell indexes are used by ETF issuers in every corner of the world.

Our transparent approach combines rules-based, research driven methodologies with strong, independent governance to create high quality indexes for issuers of equity, fixed income, smart beta, factor, REIT and ESG ETFs.

Our index data is supplemented by extensive ETF analytics, proprietary research and a global team of product specialists supporting issuers, distributors and end users of ETFs.

Learn how our index data, research and ETF analytics can work for you.

Case studies

FTSE Russell, EPRA and Nareit’s partnership – 15 years of leadership in listed real estate research and benchmarking

On February 14, 2020, the CEOs of FTSE Russell, EPRA and Nareit opened trading at the London Stock Exchange. The ceremony celebrated a historic milestone: 15 years of partnership and leadership in listed real estate research and benchmarking. The ceremony was immediately followed by a series of informative presentations for investors and portfolio managers.  

Catch up on-demand – watch our guest speakers’ presentations and download the PDFs now:



​​ ​​

Title Presenter
Investing in listed real estate: Practical considerations  Sergiy Lesyk, director, research & analytics,
FTSE Russell
Download PDF 
Index evolution: 15 years improving  Ali Zaidi, research & indexes director,
Download PDF 
Listed real estate in a multi-asset portfolio* Lloyd Barton, head of global trade services,
Oxford Economics*
Download PDF*
The 21st century real estate portfolio: How REITs deliver access to the new economy John Worth, PhD, executive vice president, research and investor outreach,
Download PDF 
Real estate ETFs: Liquidity and growth Ross Finlayson, head of iShares EMEA equity product strategy,
Download PDF 


ERPA, Oxford Economics, Nareit, iShares - logos


*Download Oxford Economics' research paper "Listed Real Estate in a multi-asset portfolio: A European Perspective".

Questions about any these presentations? Please contact info@ftserussell.com



Integrating climate risk into listed real estate portfolios – The 2019 example of BNP Paribas Asset Management’s first ETF to track a FTSE EPRA Nareit Green Index

FTSE Russell has licensed the FTSE EPRA Nareit Developed Europe ex UK Green Index to BNP Paribas Asset Management. In November 2019, the French asset manager launched its inaugural Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) allowing investors to integrate climate risk into listed real estate portfolios.

The real estate sector currently accounts for more than one-quarter of global carbon emissions. According to UN estimates, buildings account for over half of global electricity usage and c. 28% of global carbon emissions [1]. There is also evidence linking better environmental performance to higher asset values, higher occupancy rates, higher rental yield and lower operating costs [2].

The FTSE EPRA Nareit Green Index allows investors to integrate climate risk considerations into their listed real estate portfolio. The index delivers notable improvements in climate and sustainable characteristics while minimising tracking error. To achieve this objective, the real estate portfolios of companies are assessed on two sustainability considerations:

  • Estimated energy usage per square meter and floor space covered by eligible green certification. These assessments are then applied as tilts to adjust company weights to provide greater exposure to those companies with portfolios demonstrating strong sustainability performance.
  • The index also applies a conduct-based exclusion related to the United Nations Global Compact principles [3].

In this video interview, FTSE Russell and BNP Paribas Asset Management discuss the characteristics of the FTSE EPRA Nareit Green Index.

  • Stéphane Degroote, Head of ETFs & Derivatives EMEA, FTSE Russell
  • Isabelle Bourcier, Head of Quantitative & Index, BNP Paribas Asset Management
  • Fong Yee Chan, Senior Product Manager- Sustainable Investment, FTSE Russell

Read the related press release.

Video subtitles [CC] are also available in French, German and Italian. 


1. UN Environment, ‘Towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector’, 2017, p.16
2 .Eichholtz, Kok, and Quigley, ‘The Economics of Green Building’, Review of Economics and Statistics, 95(1), 2013, 50-63; Fuerst and McAllister, ‘Green Noise or Green Value? Measuring the Effects of Environmental Certification on Office Values,’ Real Estate Economics, 39(1), 2011, 45-69; Miller, Spivey, and Florance, ‘Does Green Pay Off?’, Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management, 14(4), 2008, 385-400.
3. The UN Global Compact asks companies to embrace, support and enact, within their sphere of influence, a set of core values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment, and anti-corruption. These core values make up the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact. Find out more information here: https://www.unglobalcompact.org.uk/the-ten-principles/

Video gallery

Investor education series

UK wealth managers, financial advisors and ETF industry experts discuss the fast growing world of Exchange Traded Funds and how they can work for you.

Introduction to ETFs

An introduction to Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) with experts from London Stock Exchange, ETF Strategy and Twenty 20 Investments. Featuring Lida Eslami, Simon Smith and Allan Lane.

ETFs as market access tools

Gerard Stocks from Foxborough Wealth Management talks to experts from ETF Securities and ETF Strategy about the types of investment exposures that can be gained through ETFs. Featuring Gerard Stocks, Liz Wright and Simon Smith.

ETF selection

Mark Cherrill of Incisive Wealth Strategies discusses what to look for when you are choosing an ETF. Featuring Allan Lane, Lida Eslami and Mark Cherrill.

Trading and execution

We go into detail on the different ways of trading ETFs with experts from Positive Solutions, Jane Street, WisdomTree Europe and Parmenion. Featuring Roger Tull, Dave Abner, Chris Foxon and Patrick Ingram.

Building portfolios with ETFs

Darren Smith 2Plan Wealth Management is joined by Deutsche Asset Management, iShares and Twenty20 Investments to discuss how you can use ETFs to build complete portfolios. Featuring Darren Smith, Irene Bauer, Amanda Rebello and Andrew Keegan.

Factor indexing and ETFs

Romana Raj and Stephane Degroote of FTSE Russell are joined by Matthieu Mouly from Lyxor Asset Management to discuss smart beta and factor indexation and to explore the reasons for the rapid growth in this asset class.