Maria Sanchez

Associate Director, Global Research & Design
S&P Dow Jones Indices
Biography

María Sánchez is Associate Director, Global Research & Design, at S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI). María joined the team in September 2015 and focuses primarily on Latin America.

Prior to joining S&P DJI, María was a portfolio manager and trader of insurance and private pension fund mandates with HSBC Global Asset Management Mexico, developing ad-hoc investment strategies for their portfolios that focused on capital preservation and portfolio immunization within investment philosophy. She was also involved in the benchmark construction process for new clients.

María also held various roles at ING Bank Mexico, including structured product management, market risk management, and money market management.

María is a CIPM® certificant. CIPM is a registered trademark owned by CFA Institute.

Author Archives: Maria Sanchez

Did Latin American Active Managers Outperform in This Tumultuous Time?

Low volatility and dispersion make it harder for active managers to add value. In other words, high volatility and high dispersion environments are expected to favor active managers to demonstrate their skill. In this aspect, March 2020 offered an opportunity to active managers[1] across the world, including in Latin American equity markets. High dispersion and Read more […]

Low Volatility Response in Brazil

The S&P/B3 Low Volatility Index Celebrates Five Years of Outperforming Its Benchmark The COVID-19 pandemic hit the Brazilian equity market hard, causing the worst monthly performance since September 1999.[1] As measured by the S&P Brazil BMI, the Brazilian equity market lost 29.80% in March 2020. The S&P/B3 Low Volatility Index exceeded its benchmark by 640 Read more […]

The Mexican Peso: Liquid, Volatile, but Can We Hedge?

With oil prices falling and the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, volatility is back in action. In Latin America, Forex valuations are a key barometer. Local currency depreciation is one of the most common reactions to uncertainty (see Exhibit 1). This blog highlights the recent volatility in the Mexican peso and possible ways to mitigate Read more […]

The SPIVA Latin America Scorecard Shows Diverging Countries

The SPIVA® Latin America Year-End 2019 Scorecard was released last week, showing divergent results for Latin American equities markets. The report covers Brazil, Chile, and Mexico in selected fund categories. In the framework of stable inflation, a decline in unemployment, and lower interest rates, 2019 was a great year for Brazilian equities markets, as measured Read more […]

Women and the S&P Latin America Emerging LargeMidCap ESG Index

An opportunity is knocking at the door of companies in Latin America. SAM, part of S&P Global[1] and a global leader in ESG data, published the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment Latin America Progress Report 2019, which revealed that, on average, Latin American companies only have one female director on their board of directors. Reviewing the Read more […]

The Active vs. Passive Debate

The debate between active management and passive management has being ongoing for several years. Active managers make investment decisions in an effort to outperform their benchmark, while passive managers simply track an index to gain exposure to a market or segment of a market. Active managers claim to have enough skills to consistently outperform the Read more […]

Comparison of Dividend-Focused Strategies in Brazil

While dividend-focused strategies are popular across various regions, not all dividend strategies or dividend indices are constructed the same way or have the same objective. In Brazil, S&P Dow Jones Indices has three different dividend-focused strategies. The S&P Dividend Aristocrats Brasil Index, designed to measure the performance of 30 stocks in the S&P Brazil BMI Read more […]

Highlighting the S&P/BMV Index Series

The S&P/BMV Index Series combines the local market expertise of the Mexican Stock Exchange (the BMV) with the resources and reach of one of the most prominent independent global index providers, S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI). This productive collaboration officially began in May 2015 and adheres to international standards. The relationship also provides the Read more […]

Potential Applications of the Low Volatility High Dividend Concept in Brazil

Historically, the percentage of dividend payers in Brazil has ranged between 71% and 87%,[1] making it a propitious environment for implementing dividend-focused strategies. The highest-yielding stocks in high-yield strategies often come with greater portfolio volatility,[2] and Brazil is no exception. This blog explores the rationale behind the implementation of a low volatility high dividend strategy Read more […]

Carlos Urzúa Resignation and Low Volatility’s Response

Mexico’s Finance Minister, Carlos Urzúa, abruptly resigned on July 9, 2019 over policy disagreements with the current government.[1] Market participants reacted negatively, generating volatility in the Mexican peso’s exchange rate, which fell 2.3% right after the announcement,[2] and the country’s equity market, and bringing a trial by fire for the S&P/BMV IPC Risk Weighted Index Read more […]