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Oct 5, 2022

Dissecting the Divergent Performance among Latin American Fund Managers

Lessons from the SPIVA Latin America Mid-Year 2022 Scorecard The semiannual S&P Indices Versus Active (SPIVA®) Scorecards1 measure the performance of actively managed funds against their corresponding benchmarks in various markets around the world. According to the latest SPIVA Latin America Mid-Year 2022 Scorecard, the YTD performance among active managers across Latin American countries varied…

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Aug 29, 2022

The Case for Dividend Aristocrats in Pan Asia

During a time of acute monetary policy tightening throughout much of the western world, major Asian central banks have remained relatively more accommodative. In China, the People’s Bank of China cut its key five-year prime loan rate last week1 after cutting it only a few months ago in May. In addition to the looser monetary…

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Aug 25, 2022

Clean Energy Demand Fueled by Inflation Reduction Act

On Aug. 16, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, which includes the largest ever climate-related investment by the U.S. federal government. Devoting USD 370 billion to climate and energy programs, the act commits the U.S. to a roughly 40% emissions reduction by 2030. This landmark bill is the latest example…

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Jul 20, 2022

Steep Declines for Islamic Benchmarks in Q2, Lagging Conventional Indices YTD

Global equities fell 15.7% during Q2, as measured by the S&P Global BMI, accumulating losses of 20.4% YTD. Shariah-compliant benchmarks, including the S&P Global BMI Shariah and Dow Jones Islamic Market (DJIM) World Index, continued to underperform their conventional counterparts YTD in part due to continued weakness in the Information Technology sector, which fell 30.1%…

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Jul 18, 2022

The S&P China 500 Added 2.8% in Q2 2022, as China Equities Held up During a Broad Global Sell-Off

The S&P China 500 bucked the trend of a broad market downturn, posting a 2.8% gain for Q2 2022. In terms of sectors, Consumer Discretionary and Consumer Staples grew nearly 15% each over the quarter, while the Industrials and Energy sectors were also additive to performance. The S&P China 500 outperformed the broader S&P Emerging…

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Jul 14, 2022

Latin American Equities Fall Back to Earth in Q2

Following a stellar Q1 in which the S&P Latin America BMI jumped 25%, the regional equity market fell back to Earth as second-quarter losses more than offset first-quarter gains. However, the region remained a relatively bright spot compared to global equities more broadly, as the S&P Latin America BMI was only down 3.5% YTD compared…

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Jul 6, 2022

Putting the Pedal to the Metal: The S&P Global Core Battery Metals Index

While electric vehicles have been attractive to environmentally conscious consumers for several decades, in recent years, they have come into their own as innovation has made them more accessible and practical. With the current prices at the pump, now more than ever, consumers are turning to electric vehicles as a greener and more economical option….

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Jun 21, 2022

Luxury: A Durable and Diverse Theme

Luxury Lies in the Eyes of the Consumer The term luxury summons a variety of ideas to mind. The range spans from caviar to corvettes, and gin to jewelry. While luxury products are varied, the brands behind them are well-known and etched into our cultural memory. Brands like Gucci, Luis Vuitton and Porsche are nearly…

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Apr 21, 2022

Global Islamic Indices Lagged in Q1 2022 in a Reversal from 2021

Global equities fell during the first quarter of the year, declining 5.5% as measured by the S&P Global BMI amid heightened volatility, surging inflation and the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Shariah-compliant benchmarks, including the S&P Global BMI Shariah and Dow Jones Islamic Market (DJIM) World Index, underperformed their conventional counterparts during the quarter, as the Information Technology…

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Apr 18, 2022

A Much-Anticipated Reversal of Fortunes for Latin American Equities

The Latin American pendulum has swung back from negative to positive returns in the past three months. The S&P Latin America 40 ended the quarter up 29.5%, its best Q1 performance since 1991. This is in stark contrast to other global equity markets, which ended in the red, with the S&P 500® losing 4.6%, the…

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