Jodie Gunzberg

Managing Director, Head of U.S. Equities
S&P Dow Jones Indices
Biography

Jodie M. Gunzberg is Head of U.S. Equities at S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI). She is responsible for the product management of S&P DJI’s U.S. Equity indices, including the S&P 500® and The Dow®, the most followed equity indices in the world. Jodie is the chief spokesperson and product strategist for these indices, educating the market about their benefits and risks, and she sources market feedback to manage continued product development for growth opportunities. Jodie also oversees certain indices relevant to retirees, including the S&P Target Date and S&P STRIDE index series.

Jodie joined S&P DJI in 2010 as Director of Commodities product management. Prior to that, she spent several years in investment consulting at Ibbotson and Morningstar, and was the chief investment strategist for Marco Consulting, where she advised roughly 350 Taft-Hartley plans with USD 85 billion in assets. Jodie started her career as an actuarial associate at New York Life Insurance Company and subsequently worked as a quantitative analyst and portfolio manager on the buy-side. She managed real estate at Equity Office Properties, fixed income at ABN AMRO Asset Management, and equities and hedge funds at Driehaus Capital Management and Aragon Global. 

Jodie is a CFA charterholder, as well as a member and curriculum consultant of the CFA Institute. She is also a former member of the Board of Directors for NYSSA and CFA Chicago. Jodie currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Finance of Hofstra University and the Editorial Advisory Board for J.P. Morgan Center for Commodities at the University of Colorado. She received her MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, and earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Emory University.

Author Archives: Jodie Gunzberg

A First Look Inside The Communication Services Select Sector Index

In accordance with the announced upcoming communication services sector change, the new Communication Services Select Sector Index is now live.  The select sectors are based on the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®) but have different construction rules than the sectors of the S&P 500.  In the Select Sectors, each index is made up of all Read more […]

Here’s How A Rising Dollar Impacts Stocks

The U.S. dollar hit a 4 month high last week from concern over potentially faster interest rate hikes to control inflation as oil exceeded $70 per barrel and the lowest unemployment since 2000 was reported.  If the U.S. dollar continues to strengthen, it may be useful to know how U.S. equities moved historically in times when the Read more […]

Energy Powers Small Cap And Value In April

In April, the S&P 500 (TR) gained 0.4%, ending its first consecutive monthly loss in almost two years, but the index is still down 0.4% year-to-date (ending April 30, 2018.)  Mid caps are also down for the year, -1.0%, after the S&P 400 (TR) lost 0.3% in April.  However, Small caps pushed into positive territory, up now 1.6% Read more […]

Standard Benchmarks Extend Standard of Living Through Retirement

What are the steps in selecting a retirement income option?  Of course cost is one of the considerations, but did you know ERISA does not require selecting the lowest cost investments?  These questions and more are explored in a recent video with Ian Kopelman (DLA Piper), and Tim Kohn (Dimensional Fund Advisors): What are some best Read more […]

Drilling Into Industries Finds What Lifts Energy Stocks With Oil

As oil prices continue to increase, the energy sector is rising but recently the mid and small cap stocks are outpacing the large caps.  Thus far in April (month-to-date through April 12, 2018,) the energy sector is leading all other sectors, but the S&P 500 Energy (Sector) is up just 4.8% versus the gain of Read more […]

Small Caps Rebound Big in March

The first quarter of 2018 will be remembered as the quarter that ended the 9 quarter winning streak for the S&P 500 (TR).  As the volatility rose, the market went from posting its best January since 1997, up 5.7%, to losing 3.7% in February, its first monthly loss in 15 months.  February wasn’t only bad Read more […]

What’s In A Sector?

Following an index announcement stating Nektar (NKTR) among other stocks would be moving to the S&P 500 prior to the open on March 19, 2018, an inquiry came in about the index impact of NKTR on the S&P SmallCap 600 Health Care Index performance.   Given the stock rose over 70% in 2018, it seemed reasonable to Read more […]

Why Your Interest In Weights Should Rise With Rates

Historically as interest rates have risen, equities have done well.  As illustrated in this post, since 1971, the S&P 500 (TR) has gained about 20% on average in rising rate periods, has gained 8 of 9 times and has gained nearly 40% twice with less than a 4% loss for its worst rising rate period.  Also shown Read more […]

There’s Nothing Equal About Equal Weight Returns

Let’s use the S&P 500 as a starting point since it is the most basic beta, or representation of the U.S. stock market.  Since its launch in 1957, it has grown with the stock market and has become the most widely used benchmark of the U.S. stock market with numerous products tracking it.  Although in Read more […]

Where May Equities Go From Here?

February ended the longest historical monthly winning streak of 15 months for the S&P 500 (TR) that lost 3.7%.  On a total return basis for the month, 10 of 11 sectors lost, which has only happened in 12 of 342 months or 3.5% of the time (all 11 lost together in 13 months for a Read more […]