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Mar 27, 2023

A Year of Two Halves for Australian Large-Cap Equity Managers

The first half of 2022 brought steep and broad-based losses for Australian equity indices of all stripes. On a relative basis, however, active Australian Equity General funds had a decent start to 2022; as our SPIVA® Australia Mid-Year 2022 Scorecard reported, a (slim) majority of active managers in this category outperformed the S&P/ASX 200. Unfortunately…

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Mar 22, 2023

Measuring Home Prices

Compared to stock and bond markets, where prices update continuously throughout the trading day, the value of residential real estate is hard to observe; and while one buyer’s shares of stock XYZ are interchangeable with another’s, houses are not similarly fungible. Yet the value of an investor’s house is often a significant component of his…

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Mar 21, 2023

Indexing Bond and Commodity Markets in the World of the Upside Down

In the 80s nostalgia Netflix hit series “Stranger Things,” the town of Hawkins is haunted by an alternate world beneath. The protagonists battle monsters in what they call the upside down. For the first few seasons, the upside down wreaks havoc on just a few residents of Hawkins. By the last season, no one is…

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Mar 20, 2023

What’s in a U.S. Equity Index?

2022 was the worst year for U.S. equity indices since 2008’s Global Financial Crisis, with the S&P 500® entering a bear market and declining 18% in 2022. Despite the market blues, there were some relative winners: the S&P DJI U.S. Core Indices beat their MSCI counterparts last year, driven by differences in their methodologies. Below…

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Mar 20, 2023

2023 Has Already Been Trepidatious

A sizzling start for Canadian equities in 2023 found itself fizzling as March began. Despite having a return of as much as 7% in late January/early February, through March 17, 2023, the S&P/TSX Composite Index was up 0.7% YTD. In line with historical trends, the S&P/TSX Composite Low Volatility Index underperformed, declining 0.1%. Volatility rose…

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Mar 20, 2023

SPIVA Canada Scorecard 2022: Country, Currency and Concentration Contexts

Since 2004, our SPIVA® Canada Scorecards have shown that a majority of actively managed Canadian equity funds typically underperform the S&P/TSX Composite Index. However, according to the recently published SPIVA Canada Year-End 2022 Scorecard, the annual underperformance rate dropped to the best result we have seen since 2015: just 52% of Canadian Equity managers lagged…

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Mar 16, 2023

2023 GICS Changes: S&P Global 1200 Impact Analysis

Revisions to the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®) structure are primed to go into effect after the close of business on Friday, March 17, 2023. While the changes are not as extensive as in previous iterations, they affect the GICS structure at all levels and this article examines the impact of the changes on the…

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Mar 15, 2023

A Dynamic Approach to Volatility Management

How can indices seek to maintain a pre-defined level of implied volatility? Look inside the S&P 500 Futures Defined Volatility Indices, a dynamic, rules-based approach to volatility management helping market participants align investments with risk appetites systematically.

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Mar 15, 2023

GICS Changes Are upon Us

As time passes, we draw ever closer to the date of the GICS® changes scheduled to take effect after the market close on March 17, 2023. There are five changes being implemented, some of which will move companies among sectors and others that will move companies within sectors. Recent blogs have announced these changes: GICS…

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Mar 15, 2023

Will the S&P GSCI Electric Vehicle Metals Outperform with Copper Leading the Way?

Recent bullish fundamentals appear to be falling in line for the electric vehicle metals space. A decade of weak metals prices has led to underinvestment by miners and refiners, as private investment and bank financing support waned. In 2022, S&P Global released a comprehensive report on copper outlining the current trending Rocky Road supply scenario…

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