Biotech Has More Room to Run

Biotechnology has been one of the best performing industries in the stock market over the past several years. According to S&P Capital IQ, there were numerous catalysts, for this substantial stock outperformance, including several blockbuster drug approvals that drove significant sales and earnings growth. Yet, S&P CIQ thinks the industry’s drivers, including a robust pipeline, Read more […]

What are the Missing Pieces in Chinese Fixed Income?

As of March 31, 2015, the fixed income ETF in China totaled approximately CNY 8 billion; it is only 0.03% of the total market value tracked by the S&P China Bond Index.  The fixed income ETF in China is small if comparing with that of the U.S., which totaled USD 318 billion as of the Read more […]

Active Share: Not Necessary, and Definitely Not Sufficient

The concept of active share was introduced several years ago as a measure of the degree to which a portfolio of stocks differs from its benchmark.  One of the intriguing results of the initial research on active share was that high active share managers seemed more likely to outperform than low active share managers.  This led, predictably Read more […]

GDP: Getting Difficult to Predict

In the past 12 months, the S&P GSCI All Crude has lost almost 50% and has moved to the forefront of macroeconomic forces impacting the global economy. In the context of history, today’s oil price drop is not unprecedented in magnitude or duration as you can see in the chart below. In fact, there has been Read more […]

A Tale of Two Benchmarks: Benchmark Selection

This is the fourth post in a series of blog posts relating to the in-depth analysis of performance differential between the S&P SmallCap 600® and the Russell 2000. The previous posts demonstrate that the different historical risk/return profiles of the two U.S. small-cap benchmarks can be partially explained by the July reconstitution effect and the additional Read more […]

Sector Dispersion and Active Management

Market volatility is a function of both dispersion and correlation, as shown in this schematic: Dispersion measures the degree to which the components of an index perform similarly.  If the components are tightly bunched, dispersion will be low and, other things equal, the index’s volatility will be low.  Correlation is a measure of timing; it measures Read more […]

Introducing the S&P Dow Jones Indices Versus Active (SPIVA®) Latin America Scorecard

S&P Dow Jones Indices is proud to expand the SPIVA Scorecard report to the Latin America region.  The SPIVA methodology is designed to provide an accurate and objective apples-to-apples comparison of active funds’ performance versus their appropriate style benchmark indices.  The SPIVA Latin America Scorecard covers the Brazilian, Chilean, and Mexican markets.  A summary of Read more […]

China Bond Defaults and Indexing the China Bond Market

The corporate bond default of Cloud Live Technology Group this week may be a bellwether moment for the Chinese bond markets.  So far, Beijing is allowing the default and not stepping in with a bailout of any kind, and that may be a signal the markets.  The recent Wall Street Journal article China Defaults Test Read more […]

When Did Everyone Get so Sick?

While the government squabbles over the future of healthcare, healthcare company executives can just sit back and smile.  Their investors can too. In the U.S., the healthcare sector significantly outperformed broad parent indices in the first quarter 2015, across capitalization ranges.  On a total return basis, the S&P 500® Health Care sector index gained 6.5% Read more […]

Infrastructure Preferreds, +4.96% YTD

Over a three-year period, the annualized returns of the U.S. preferred market have been more bond-like than equity-like.  The S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index had a three-year annualized return of 7.95% as of March 27, 2015 while long U.S. Treasury bonds have returned 8.14% in the same period.  Meanwhile, the three-year annualized return of the Read more […]