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Koel Ghosh

Head of South Asia, S&P Dow Jones Indices

Koel Ghosh is the regional head of South Asia for S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI). Koel leads the regional commercial efforts and actively educates and advocates for passive investing. She explores new markets and works with market participants to offer suitable solutions.
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Aug 6, 2020

Getting Up to Speed with the Essentials of Index Construction

Why choose index investing? Yes, the merits of diversification and low cost are usually factored in, though one critical benefit that many do not realize is the transparency that is provided in the methodology of an independent index provider. To understand what goes into the design and methodology of an index, it’s important to note…

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Jul 8, 2020

Core and Satellite – The Best of Both Worlds

The contentious debate of active versus passive is perpetual. Over the past 15 years, SPIVA® Scorecard results have reflected on the trends of active fund management vis a vis benchmarks, wherein statistics tilt the balance in favor of indexing. This recurring feature of benchmark outperformance is contributing to the adoption and growth of the passive…

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Jun 18, 2020

2020 – The Dawn of the Passive Investing Era in India: Part Two

The previous blog highlighted the significant shifts to passive investing in India. However, Indian passive trends have continued to favor plain vanilla indices due to their ease of understanding, rather than exploring alternative thematic indices, such as the S&P Kensho New Economies Indices or factor Indices. However, once the acceptability and acceptance of passive investment…

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Jun 11, 2020

2020 – The Dawn of the Passive Investing Era in India: Part One

The year 2020 has brought about many unexpected turns of events. The COVID-19 pandemic, which will be marked in history as one of the most-acute pandemics that the world has had to experience, is one. Another area that has seen a transformation in the financial investing space is the realization and acceptance of passive investing….

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May 11, 2020

COVID-19 Revelations – Health (Care) Is Wealth

In the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of healthcare has gained significance. Markets are witnessing new trends across asset classes, while meeting new challenges. Asset-allocation strategies are being reviewed to adjust to the new conditions. Equity sectors are facing the heat of these unprecedented times, but some trends are similar for both global…

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Apr 14, 2020

Passive Investing: An Evergreen Option

John C. Bogle is quoted as saying, “the idea that a bell rings to signal when investors should get into or out of the market is simply not credible. After nearly 50 years in this business, I do not know of anybody who has done it successfully and consistently. I don’t even know anybody who…

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Mar 24, 2020

Low Volatility Strategies in Times of High Volatility

The week ending March 20, 2020, marked one of the worst weeks for the Indian equities market, with the S&P BSE SENSEX witnessing record lows. The index recovered 5% to close at 29,915 (price return [PR]) on Friday, March 20, 2020, but it was still 17% down as compared with the week before, when it…

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Jan 28, 2020

Fixed Income Indices Take the Stage as Appetite for Credit-Focused Passive Strategies Grows

There is healthy demand among global investors for reliable and transparent indices and benchmarks to gauge sector-level and overall market performance. This demand coincides with investors seeking out cost-efficient investment strategies and shifting their asset allocations to lower-cost passive or index-based products, such as exchange-traded funds (ETFs), from actively managed funds. In India alone, passive…

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May 28, 2019

Risk and Reward – The Advantage of Passive Investment

Passive investment is emerging as the more viable and favorable option over active investing. Recommendations for passive investing are supported by statistics. The S&P Dow Jones Indices SPIVA® Around the World Report for year-end 2018 (see Exhibit 1) highlights the trend of benchmark indices beating active funds. Exhibit 1: SPIVA Year-End 2018 Results Source: S&P…

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Apr 23, 2019

Start Out with Passive Investing

Professionals in varied fields are often too busy to research, plan, and understand the best investment style.  A common worry is the risk associated with equity markets.  Yet this anxiety is primarily due to myth and inadequate knowledge. To protect, add value, and grow their assets, both institutional and retail investors face a myriad of…

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