Chris Bennett

Senior Analyst
Index Investment Strategy
Biography

Chris Bennett is a senior analyst in the Index Investment Strategy group at S&P Dow Jones Indices. The group provides research and commentary on the entire S&P Dow Jones Indices’ product set, including U.S. and global equities, commodities, fixed income, and economic indices.

Chris was part of the Finance Leadership Development Program at Prudential Financial prior to joining S&P Dow Jones Indices.

A Chartered Financial Analyst, Chris attended Seton Hall University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and information technology management, graduating magna cum laude.

Author Archives: Chris Bennett

Low Vol: A little goes a long way

We’ve written at length of the many historical benefits of the low volatility anomaly. The S&P 500 Low Volatility Index selects the 100 least- volatile members of the S&P 500 index; lacking any sector constraints, the index seeks to provide pure exposure to the low volatility factor. In doing this, it has experienced a large tracking Read more […]

Volatility Rides Again

Global equity markets stumbled out of the gate in 2016, and still haven’t found their stride. Markets are experiencing an intense case of risk off sentiment, as investors flee from riskier assets in pursuit of safe havens. The yield of 10 year US Treasury Notes is down to less than 1.8%, while oft-maligned gold is Read more […]

Energy: Fueling a Race to the Bottom

While consumers may enjoy the additional purchasing power provided by a decline in energy prices, Energy sector investors would prefer that they had a little more pain at the pump. The Energy sector of the S&P 500 is having a year to forget. The index is down 20% year to date on a total return Read more […]

Concentration Consternation

“There are 3 kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”- Mark Twain Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal pointed out that a mere six stocks (Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook, Gilead, and Disney) had accounted for more than 100% of the S&P 500’s year-to-date gains.  This degree of concentration (reminding some of the peak Read more […]

The Smarter Investor

Investors have spoken: There is a world outside of traditional indexing, and they want in. “Smart beta” or factor indices bridge the gap between active and passive management by allowing investors to tilt toward specific investment attributes – for example, low volatility or high dividend yield.  These indices use factors in a rules-based, transparent manner 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 […]

Consistency is Bliss

Following three consecutive weeks of declines for the S&P 500®, pundits are asserting that investors have more to fear than simply the Ides of March.  As of the market close on Friday the 13th, the S&P 500 had declined 3% in March on a total return basis. Defensive strategies can provide some protection from market Read more […]

Shelter from the Storm

Like many in the northern hemisphere, the S&P 500® felt a bit blue in January.  With the traditional winter frost came winds of volatility, which, like many of our holiday guests, overstayed their welcome.  On a total return basis, the S&P 500 declined 3% in January, as market volatility from the fall of 2014 lingered Read more […]