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Maria Sanchez

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

María Sánchez is Associate Director, Global Research & Design, at S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI). María is responsible for the conceptualization and design of new indices using a combination of analytical, commercial, and regulatory considerations. Her work focuses mainly on Latin America, and she has 15 years of experience in the financial sector.
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Jul 22, 2020

Active Managers’ Outperformance in Brazilian Bond Funds – Skill or Price Distortion?

There were impressive results for active managers in the Brazil Corporate Bond Funds category, with 93.6% of them beating the benchmark in March 2020 and 88.2% Q1 2020. However, were these performance results due to true skill? This outperformance may be related to a market distortion. On the one hand, Brazil’s corporate bond funds experienced…

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Jul 15, 2020

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…

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Apr 20, 2020

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…

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Apr 9, 2020

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…

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Mar 25, 2020

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…

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Mar 5, 2020

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…

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Jan 10, 2020

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…

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Nov 13, 2019

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…

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Oct 31, 2019

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…

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Aug 12, 2019

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…

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