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Feb 27, 2024

Building on Tradition: India’s Digital Reboot

India’s synonymous relationship with excellence in the field of technology is well known. This includes a notable roster of Indian-origin CEOs at the helm of global technology companies such as Adobe, Alphabet, IBM and Microsoft.1 This leadership is not only seen in companies abroad but also within India’s own borders, building on its reputation as…

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Feb 22, 2024

Magnificent Mid Caps and Sensational Small Caps

U.S. equities rose in 2023, with the mega-cap “Magnificent Seven” driving most of the S&P Composite 1500®’s 25% gain. While mega caps continued to outperform in January 2024, not all seven of the aforementioned group ranked highly. This has led to some market commentators looking to coin new phrases: “Sensational Six” or “Super Six” (the…

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Feb 20, 2024

Getting to Know the S&P Developed BMI Select Aerospace & Defense 35/20 Capped Index

The S&P Developed BMI Select Aerospace & Defense 35/20 Capped Index seeks to measure the performance of constituents from the S&P Developed BMI that are classified in the GICS Aerospace & Defense sub-industry, while adhering to certain size and liquidity criteria. It uses a capped float-market-capitalization-weighted methodology to ensure diversification across its constituents. It is…

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Feb 9, 2024

2024 World Economic Forum: Key Themes to Watch

The author would like to thank Vidushan Ragukaran and Ari Rajendra for their contributions to this blog.   The 2024 World Economic Forum (WEF) that took place at Davos-Klosters in mid-January attracted over 60 heads of state and government leaders. There was a consistent emphasis on AI and cybersecurity risk governance, a renewed focus on…

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Feb 9, 2024

S&P DJI Kensho Goes Global

The advent of language models and generative AI has overhauled the process of generating actionable structured data from unstructured text documents and enhanced our ability to glean and categorize information from previously hard-to-access sources. As we see increasing demand for new ways to slice the market based on machine learning-based insights, S&P Dow Jones Indices…

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Feb 8, 2024

S&P 500 Highs Keep Coming

The S&P 500® closed at another record high today, marking the ninth all-time high closing price level so far this year. Although all-time highs are not unprecedented—2024 is the 41st year since 1957 to host a new high—a few observations stand out when looking at this year’s records. First, January 2024 saw the end of…

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Feb 8, 2024

The S&P 500 ESG Index Turns 5!

The S&P 500® ESG Index celebrated its fifth birthday on Jan. 28, 2024. Over the past five years, the index has become an important piece of the sustainable indexing puzzle for investors looking to leverage the strength of the S&P 500 while incorporating meaningful and measurable sustainability-focused enhancements. Traditionally, five-year celebrations are marked by gifting…

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Feb 8, 2024

Bond Beginnings and Beyond

American political consultant James Carville once commented that he’d like to be resurrected as the bond market because, “you can intimidate everyone.”  As of July 2023, the global bond market comprises about USD 135 trillion of securities, of which rated corporate debt represents USD 23 trillion.1 U.S. corporate debt makes up roughly half of the…

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Feb 1, 2024

S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats Rebalance: Let’s Welcome the 18 Newest Members

The S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats® includes large-, mid-, and small-cap companies in the U.S. that have raised their dividends for at least 20 consecutive years. The index recently concluded its annual reconstitution on Jan. 31, 2024, which brought 18 new members into this accomplished group. Accounting for the three deletions, the index’s total count…

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Feb 1, 2024

S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Rebalance: Fastenal in, Walgreens out

The S&P 500® Dividend Aristocrats® seeks to track an elite group of companies that have raised their dividends for a minimum of 25 consecutive years. This index has just concluded its annual reconstitution, which was effective at the market close on Jan. 31, 2024. Fastenal has been added, while Walgreens is out, which keeps the…

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