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Wenli Bill Hao

Director, Factors and Dividends Indices, Product Management and Development, S&P Dow Jones Indices

Wenli Bill Hao is Director, Factors and Dividends Indices, Product Management and Development, at S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI). In his role, he focuses on alternate beta strategies, including factor-based indices as well as dividend, quantitative, thematic and dynamic-allocation strategies. Bill works closely with Sales, Marketing, Global Research & Design and IMPG departments to bring new ideas to market.
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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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Dec 13, 2023

Looking into the Future of Dividend Growth: The S&P 500 High Dividend Growth Index

As the leading dividend index provider, S&P DJI is constantly looking for new approaches and methodologies to bring novel ideas to the market. Our recently launched S&P 500® High Dividend Growth Index is a prime example of this innovative thinking, as it incorporates a forward-looking assessment into its methodology. This index tracks companies in the…

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Aug 8, 2023

Balancing Defense with Growth: The S&P Quality Indices

Thus far this year, about two-thirds of the S&P 500®’s rally has been driven by growth stocks and the so-called “Magnificent Seven” tech stocks. While the quality factor is traditionally viewed as defensive, it has kept pace with the market while many other factor strategies have underperformed (see Exhibit 1). Part of the reason for…

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Jul 21, 2023

Introducing the S&P SmallCap 600 QVML Top 90% Multi-Factor Index

For market participants seeking to measure small-cap, multi-factor equity premia with greater diversification and historically lower tracking error (TE), S&P DJI has recently launched the S&P SmallCap 600® Quality, Value, Momentum and Low Volatility (QVML) Top 90% Multi-Factor Index. In this blog, we will examine the index construction methodology, historic performance, sector composition and factor…

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Jun 7, 2023

The S&P GARP Index Series Expands to Include S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 Versions

The S&P 500® GARP (Growth at a Reasonable Price) Index was launched in February 2019 to strike a balance between pure growth and pure valuation. Due to its popularity among market participants, this index series has recently been expanded to include the S&P MidCap 400® GARP Index and the S&P SmallCap 600 GARP® Index. The…

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Mar 29, 2023

Revenue-Weighted Indices: An Alternative to Core Equities

As persistently high inflation, high interest rates and geopolitical risks continue to dominate the macro environment, the S&P 500® Revenue-Weighted Index, S&P MidCap 400® Revenue-Weighted Index and S&P SmallCap® 600 Revenue-Weighted Index have outperformed their corresponding float-adjusted market-capitalization (FMC) weighted indices by more than 5% during the past one-year period (see Exhibit 1). In this…

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Feb 15, 2023

The S&P Technology Dividend Aristocrats Index: A Legacy of Dividend Increases in Technology

As high inflation, rising interest rates and geopolitical risks dominated the headlines in 2022, technology stocks had a particularly difficult year. Given the many headwinds facing the sector, the S&P Total Market Index (TMI) Information Technology returned -30.20% in 2022. In spite of the challenging market environment, the S&P Technology Dividend Aristocrats® Index fared relatively…

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Jan 6, 2023

The S&P 900 Dividend Revenue-Weighted Index: A Standout Performer in a Challenging Year for Equity Markets

2022 was a difficult year for equity investors as rising interest rates, increasing geopolitical risks and slowing economic growth put downward pressure on equities. However, factors such as dividend yield and value fared much better than the broader equity market due to their shorter durations.  Despite this challenging economic environment, the S&P 900 Dividend Revenue-Weighted…

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Oct 24, 2022

Refining the Quality Metrics

Introduction High-quality companies have always been appealing to investors. In fact, quality equity investing was documented as early as 1949 by Benjamin Graham in his original publication of The Intelligent Investor.1 Despite a wide range of definitions for what constitutes a high-quality company, characteristics such as profitability, competitive position, earnings quality, corporate governance and modest…

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Aug 26, 2022

S&P 500 GARP Index: Growth at a Reasonable Price Anyone?

While growth stocks have the potential to grow at a rate significantly above the market, they have faltered during 2022 on the back of high inflation and rising interest rates. For market participants toying with the idea of when and how to get back in, the S&P 500® GARP (Growth at a Reasonable Price) Index…

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