Category Archives: Equities

Sustainable Investment space in India

In India, S&P BSE Indices has two investible indices in the sustainable investment space—namely, the S&P BSE CARBONEX and S&P BSE GREENEX. The S&P BSE CARBONEX seeks to track the performance of the companies in the S&P BSE 100, based on their commitment to mitigating risks arising from climate change in the long run. Index Read more […]

Most Things Are Relative

The S&P 500 Low Volatility Index measures the performance of the 100 least volatile stocks in the S&P 500. In its latest quarterly rebalance (effective at the market close on February 17, 2017), the index scaled back weightings in Utilities, Health Care and Real Estate while adding weight from the Technology, Financials and Consumer Discretionary Read more […]

S&P BSE SENSEX Performance during Budget Sessions over the Past Decade

The S&P BSE SENSEX acts as an indicator of the economic growth of the Indian economy.  Any national or international change in economic activity has an impact on the S&P BSE SENSEX.  In India, market participants are interested in knowing how movements in the S&P BSE SENSEX are related to various changes in economic activities. Read more […]

Index Basics: Calculating an Index’s Total Return

Total return indices deserve more attention.  They more closely represent what an investor actually takes home: the return of an index, plus dividends paid and reinvested in the index.  Their better-known counterparts, which only track price changes in securities—often called “price return indices”1—get all the fanfare (see “Dow Hits 20,000 for the First Time”).  Total 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 […]

How Did Indian Equities and Fixed Income Fare in 2016?

What a year 2016 was—from concerns about slowing down of the Chinese economy and a surprise vote by the UK to exit the EU to a continued trend of low-to-negative interest rates among major economies globally, demonetization in India, the shocking victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election, and finally, the U.S. Federal Read more […]

Evaluating Sustainable Investment Trends for 2017 and Beyond

In 2017, the world is in flux—we see a number of key developments that are likely to shape environmental, social, and governance (ESG) trends over the course of 2017. These include: The long-term shift to a low-carbon economy and physical natural capital risks; Technological changes of unprecedented depth and speed; A new global economic and Read more […]

Impact of Rising Interest Rates on Small-Cap Indices

Rising interest rates certainly has become a central investment theme going into 2017.  The 10-Year Treasury yield closed at 2.48% on Jan. 27, 2017, representing an increase of nearly 103 bps from six months ago.  Research has shown that equities tend to perform better following a rate hike, if inflation levels are moderate.  However, return Read more […]

The Dow Quickly Takes a Long Time to Hit 20,000

Walt Whitman said in Song of Myself “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.”  Well, as does The Dow Jones Industrial Average – so I’ll present two contradictory data points from today’s record close. First, the move from 19,000 to 20,000 was quick, happening in just Read more […]

The New Generation of Green Investors

In recent years, socially responsible investing has gained importance among market participants worldwide.  There has been an increase in the number of those who have become socially conscious and want their investments to go to businesses that acknowledge the relevance of environmental, social, and governance factors to doing business.  Green investment is considered a subset Read more […]