Michael Orzano

Senior Director, Global Equity Indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices
Biography

Michael Orzano is Senior Director, Global Equity Indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI). He is responsible for the product management of S&P DJI’s global equity, real estate, and Islamic indices including the S&P/ASX and S&P/TSX series. In this role, Mike leads S&P DJI’s efforts developing new benchmarks for international equity markets and promotes their use among global clients. He also regularly publishes research, analytical reports, and market commentary on a variety of international investment topics.

Prior to joining S&P DJI, Mike was a research analyst at Endurance Capital, a New York-based private equity firm, where he was responsible for evaluating investments in banks and other financial institutions. He has also worked as an investment performance analyst at Cambridge Associates.

Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Georgetown University. He is also a CFA charterholder and a member of the New York CFA Society.

Author Archives: Michael Orzano

Most S&P and Dow Jones Islamic Indices Outperformed Conventional Benchmarks in Q1 Driven by Strength in the Technology Sector

Most S&P and Dow Jones Shariah-compliant benchmarks outperformed their conventional counterparts in Q1 2018, as the information technology sector—which tends to be overweight in Islamic Indices—led the market by a wide margin, and financials—which is underrepresented in Islamic indices—matched the returns of the broad market. The Dow Jones Islamic Market World Index and S&P Global Read more […]

Assessing Single-Stock Risk in South African Indices

Investing in stocks can be risky. However, investing in a single stock tends to be far riskier than investing in a diversified basket of stocks. South African investors received a jarring reminder of this in early December, when Steinhoff International Holdings dropped more than 80% in the two days following the international retailer’s disclosure of Read more […]

Most S&P and Dow Jones Islamic Indices Outperform Conventional Benchmarks in 2017 Driven by Strength in the Technology Sector

Most S&P and Dow Jones Shariah-compliant benchmarks outperformed their conventional counterparts for the year as information technology companies—which tend to be overweight in Islamic Indices—gained a whopping 39.4% beating the overall market by a wide margin, and financials—which are underrepresented in Islamic indices—experienced some weakness. This marked a reversal from 2016 where a surge in Read more […]

Most S&P and Dow Jones Islamic Indices Outperform Conventional Benchmarks in 2017

Most S&P and Dow Jones Shariah-compliant benchmarks outperformed their conventional counterparts year-to-date through September 27, 2017 as Information Technology and Health Care – which tend to be overweight in Islamic Indices – have been sector leaders, and Financials – which are underrepresented in Islamic indices – have experienced some weakness.  One notable exception has been Read more […]

Most S&P and Dow Jones Islamic Indices Outperform Conventional Benchmarks in 2017

Most S&P and Dow Jones Shariah-compliant benchmarks outperformed their conventional counterparts year-to-date through June 28, 2017 as Financials – which are largely absent from Islamic indices – have lagged the broader market, and Information Technology and Health Care – which tend to be overweight in Islamic Indices – have been the two top performing sectors Read more […]

Real Estate and Financials Sectors Strike Divergent Paths Following GICS® Restructure

The past few months have served as a timely example of why it is beneficial for real estate to stand alone as its own equity sector. Between Sept. 16, 2016, when real estate was carved out of financials as its own GICS sector, and the end of January 2017, the S&P 500® Financials gained 22%, Read more […]

Most Major Islamic Indices Lag Conventional Benchmarks in 2016 as Strong Q4 Financials Sector Gains Detract From Performance

Most of S&P Dow Jones Indices’ Shariah-compliant benchmarks lagged their conventional counterparts for the year, as the financials sector—which is largely absent from Islamic indices—outperformed, and health care—which tends to be overweight in Islamic Indices—was the worst-performing sector globally. The S&P Global BMI Shariah and Dow Jones Islamic Market World finished the year up 4.2% Read more […]

Most Major Islamic Indices Have Outperformed Conventional Benchmarks in 2016

Most S&P Dow Jones Indices Shariah-compliant benchmarks outperformed their conventional counterparts through the end of September 2016, with financials—which is largely absent from Islamic indices—significantly underperforming and information technology—which tends to be overweight in Islamic indices—performing well (see Exhibit 1). The S&P Global BMI Shariah and Dow Jones Islamic Market World Index each gained 6.4% Read more […]

Indexing Listed Property Stocks in New Zealand

Publicly traded property stocks provide exposure to real estate, an illiquid asset class, without sacrificing the liquidity benefits of listed equities. Also, property stocks typically offer higher yields than the broad equity market, they may serve as an effective inflation hedging tool, and they may help diversify a portfolio due to their generally low correlations Read more […]

Islamic Index Market Update: November 2015

Most Major Islamic Indices Outperformed Conventional Benchmarks in 2015 Most S&P Dow Jones Shariah-compliant benchmarks outperformed their conventional counterparts through November 2015, as the financial sector—which is underrepresented in Islamic indices—has underperformed, and information technology and health care—which tend to be overweight in Islamic Indices—have been top performers. The S&P Global BMI Shariah and Dow Read more […]