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John Welling

Director, Equity Indices, S&P Dow Jones Indices

John Welling is Director, Equity Indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI). He is responsible for the product management of S&P DJI’s global index suites, including the S&P Global BMI, S&P Global 1200, and S&P Islamic Indices. In his role, John leads efforts to develop new benchmarks, promotes existing offerings, and regularly publishes market commentary, analytical reports, and research.
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Nov 23, 2020

Is South Korea Crowding Your Emerging Markets Allocation?

Key to evaluating core international equity benchmarks is an understanding of the country exposures offered. Developed and emerging market country classification differences between index providers may lead to notable geographic exposure differences across market segments. One of the most meaningful instances of this involves South Korea, which S&P DJI has classified as a developed market…

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Oct 21, 2020

The S&P Global BMI’s Comprehensive Small-Cap Segment

The S&P Global BMI’s small-cap segment provides the most comprehensive measure of global small-cap securities in the market. Introduced in 1989, the S&P Developed SmallCap was the first global index covering the small-cap size range.1 At the time, international equity investing almost exclusively focused on large- and mid-cap companies, as defined by MSCI’s “Standard” index…

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Oct 18, 2020

Global Islamic Indices Continue to Outperform, Gaining up to 13% over Conventional Benchmarks YTD

Global equities withstood a slump in the last month of the quarter, ultimately gaining 8.1% in Q3 2020 and entering positive territory YTD, as measured by the S&P Global BMI. Meanwhile, Shariah-compliant benchmarks,  including the S&P Global BMI Shariah and Dow Jones Islamic Market (DJIM) World Index, significantly outperformed conventional indices, ultimately gaining an advantage…

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Oct 1, 2020

The Unmatched Value of a Consistent Approach to Global Benchmarking

Before making its permanent home at S&P DJI in 2004, the S&P Global BMI Series was introduced 15 years prior by Salomon Brothers in 1989. Although MSCI EAFE has the honor of being the first international equity index, the S&P Global BMI lays claim to a number of important firsts in the global indexing industry—the…

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Jul 15, 2020

Global Islamic Indices Outperformed Benchmark by Nearly 10% in H1 2020: Examining the Key Drivers

Global equities rallied during Q2 2020, gaining 20% as measured by the S&P Global BMI. Shariah-compliant benchmarks, meanwhile, including the S&P Global BMI Shariah and Dow Jones Islamic Market (DJIM) World Index, significantly outperformed—entering positive territory YTD—well ahead of the 6.8% decline of the S&P Global BMI (see Exhibit 1). The outperformance trend played out…

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Apr 16, 2020

S&P and Dow Jones Islamic Indices Continue Outperformance in Q1 2020

Amid Losses, Shariah-Compliant Benchmarks Beat Conventional Counterparts by Substantial Margins Global equities fell 22.3% during Q1 2020, as measured by the S&P Global BMI, with COVID-19 taking center stage and cases growing worldwide. The S&P Global BMI Shariah—which fell 17.2%—markedly outperformed its conventional benchmark by more than 500 bps, marking its greatest quarterly outperformance since…

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Apr 3, 2020

China: An Unlikely Stabilizer in Emerging Markets

As investors grapple with the economic fallout of COVID-19 and seek to understand its impact, China has become an unexpected stabilizing force in emerging markets. Despite being the epicenter of the outbreak, Chinese equities have experienced lower volatility, minimal currency fluctuation, and less exposure to falling oil prices in the recent market environment in comparison…

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Jan 16, 2020

S&P and Dow Jones Islamic Benchmarks Finished 2019 with Standout Performance

Shariah-Compliant Benchmarks Continued to Outperform Conventional Indices Global S&P and Dow Jones Shariah-compliant benchmarks finished a standout 2019, a welcomed turnaround in comparison to the lackluster returns of the prior year. Broad-based Islamic indices outperformed their conventional counterparts in 2019 as Information Technology—which tends to be overweight in Islamic indices—led sector returns by significant margins,…

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Jan 13, 2020

S&P China 500 Ignores Trade Tensions to End the Year on a High Note

The S&P China 500 advanced 12.9% in Q4 2019, an indication that investors shrugged off U.S.-China trade tensions and signs of a slowing economy. The performance was a reversal from losses during the prior two quarters, which had followed an outstanding 23.6% surge in Q1 2019. The full-year result was a welcome contrast to the…

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Oct 14, 2019

The Outperformance of S&P and Dow Jones Islamic Market Indices versus Conventional Indices through Q3 2019

Developed Market Indices Lead, Emerging Markets Lag the Broad Market Global S&P and Dow Jones Shariah-compliant benchmarks outperformed their conventional counterparts YTD in 2019, as Information Technology—which tends to be overweight in Islamic indices—continued to lead the sectors, while Financials—which is underrepresented in Islamic indices—continued to underperform the broader market. The S&P Global BMI Shariah…

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