Rupert Watts

Director, Strategy Indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices
Biography

Rupert Watts is Director, Strategy Indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices. His field focuses on alternate beta strategies, including factor-based indices, dividends, and volatility, as well as quantitative, thematic, and asset-allocation strategies. In his role, Rupert works closely with the sales, marketing, and Global Research & Design departments to bring new ideas to market.

Prior to his current role, Rupert worked at Deutsche Bank for almost 11 years, with the majority of this time dedicated to research and product development within quantitative investment strategies (QIS), with stints on the buy side and sell side. While in QIS, Rupert played a lead role in the successful launch of a risk premia platform, developing strategies across multiple asset classes and managing portfolio mandates for institutional clients.

Rupert is originally from the United Kingdom and earned a bachelor’s degree in business and finance from the University of the West of England, Bristol. Rupert is both a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Certified Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).

Author Archives: Rupert Watts

S&P Risk Parity Indices Surge on the Back of a Rally in Treasuries

Expectations have diverged in 2019, as equity markets welcomed a dovish Fed, while the bond market exhibited pessimism. In the second quarter, the S&P 500® finished up 4.3% despite ongoing trade tensions, while the yield on the 10-Year U.S. Treasury Bond fell 40 bps to 2.0% and the U.S. Treasury curve remained inverted. The S&P Read more […]

Synchronized Gains Push the S&P Risk Parity Indices to New Highs

The first quarter of 2019 was one of synchronized gains across stocks, bonds, and commodities. Stocks soared, with the S&P 500® up 13.6%, recording its largest first quarter gain since 1998. Amid a dovish tone from the Fed, U.S. Treasury yields declined, with the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury Bond falling to its lowest Read more […]

Positioning for Market Volatility Using Passive Strategies

Fluctuating periods of “risk-on” and “risk-off” mean that spikes in equity market volatility and large drawdowns are increasingly common in today’s economy. Exhibit 1 shows events throughout the current market cycle causing notable rises in volatility and large drawdowns. With more of these likely in the future, as our long bull market cycle ages, how Read more […]

Q4 2018 Performance Review for the S&P Risk Parity Indices

As the ball dropped this New Year’s Eve, most investors were more than happy to bid adieu to what proved to be a volatile end to 2018. The fourth quarter began with the October sell-off, which was just the start of a highly volatile quarter. The S&P 500® fell almost 7% in October alone, with Read more […]

October Outperformance for the S&P Risk Parity Indices

Traditionally known for spooky ghosts and witches, October was also a scary month for investors. In spite of an end-of-month rally, global stocks recorded their worst monthly loss since 2011, wiping out USD 5 trillion of investor value. Furthermore, investors were spooked by a rare simultaneous drop in bond prices. In short, this was not Read more […]