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Jan 26, 2023

The S&P China 500 Rebounded 7.1% in Q4 2022, Recovering a Portion of Its 2022 Losses

The S&P China 500 gained 7.1% in Q4 2022, gaining back some of the losses exhibited earlier in 2022. Despite the strong quarter, Chinese equities underperformed global and emerging markets in Q4, as these segments broadly bounced back from the heavy losses of Q3. The S&P China 500 declined 24.4% in 2022, likewise underperforming global…

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Jan 26, 2023

Building a Passive Bridge across the Pond

At over 300 years old, the British government bond and stock markets are among the world’s oldest. They are also among the largest globally; ranked by float-adjusted market capitalization, the U.K. gilt market and U.K. stock market are the fourth and third biggest, respectively. The British investment industry has existed for centuries, with the country’s…

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Jan 20, 2023

Latin American Equities Outperformed Global Regions in 2022

Despite a difficult year for most global equity markets, the S&P Latin America BMI gained 4.9% in 2022, and it was the only major regional equity market to close the year in positive territory. This marked a stark reversal from 2021, when Latin American equities were the sole region in the red, while the S&P…

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Jan 20, 2023

The Dow Jones Dividend 100 Indices Part 1: A Focus on Dividend Sustainability and Quality

Looking back, 2022 was an impressive year for passive dividend indices, both with respect to performance and inflows on the back of rising interest rates. The Dow Jones U.S. Dividend 100 Index and Dow Jones International Dividend 100 Index were two of the standout performers, which may be due to their emphasis on strong fundamentals…

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Jan 18, 2023

Global Islamic Indices Declined Over 20% YTD, Underperforming Conventional Benchmarks in 2022

Global equities partially recovered from the losses accumulated throughout the year by increasing 9.9% during Q4, as measured by the S&P Global BMI, ending 2022 with a loss of 18.2%. Meanwhile, Shariah-compliant benchmarks, including the S&P Global BMI Shariah and Dow Jones Islamic Market (DJIM) World Index, also increased during the quarter, but they underperformed…

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Jan 4, 2023

Latin America in the Long Term: A Potential Application of U.S. Equities

2022 was a challenging year for equity markets, as central banks around the world hiked interest rates in response to surging inflation. U.S. equities were affected by the souring sentiment, with the S&P Composite 1500® down 17.8% in 2022. More broadly, all 25 countries in the S&P Global Developed BMI declined in U.S. dollar terms…

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Dec 15, 2022

Safe Harbors and Silver Linings

As we reflect on this year’s notable market themes, one trend is certain: it has been a tumultuous market characterized by rate hikes and inflation concerns across regions, with significant losses across asset classes. Crypto market performance added to jitters, with the S&P Cryptocurrency LargeCap Index down 66% YTD. Losses throughout the year culminated in…

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Dec 8, 2022

An Index Approach to World Cup Success

Football fanatics across the globe are watching closely to see which of the 32 countries that qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals in Qatar will raise the trophy in glory. Every four years, the global spotlight scrutinizes each nation’s footballing prowess (or lack thereof). Beyond coaches, pundits and tacticians, the World Cup gives plenty…

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Nov 15, 2022

Reversing the Entropy of Climate Change

According to the second law of thermodynamics, the state of disorder or chaos of a system, also known as entropy, increases over time, defining the so-called arrow of time. Applying this analogy to Earth, is the world headed into chaos as climate change unfolds? Not necessarily. Just as entropy can decrease if useful work is…

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Oct 19, 2022

Islamic Benchmarks Continued to Fall in Q3, in Line with Conventional Indices

Global equities dropped 6.6% in Q3 2022, as measured by the S&P Global BMI, accumulating a loss of 25.6% YTD. Meanwhile, Shariah compliant benchmarks, including the S&P Global BMI Shariah and Dow Jones Islamic Market (DJIM) World Index, managed to outperform their conventional counterparts by 0.6%. Overall, regional broad-based Shariah and conventional equity benchmarks accumulated…

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