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Rupert Watts

Senior Director, Strategy Indices, S&P Dow Jones Indices

Rupert Watts is Senior 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.
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Aug 26, 2021

Risk Parity Act Two: Presenting the S&P Risk Parity 2.0 Indices

While the rationale behind risk parity is well understood, the implementation frameworks often differ. For example, some implementations are purely passive while others are more active, the way risk is defined can differ, and the underlying instruments used can vary. In 2018, the S&P Risk Parity Indices became the first transparent, rules-based benchmarks offered in…

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Aug 11, 2021

The S&P Dividend Growers Indices: Examination of Risk, Return and Down-Market Performance

This blog, the final in a series of three, reviews the performance of the new S&P Dividend Growers Indices and highlights some of their defensive characteristics. They are designed to track companies with consistently increasing dividends while excluding the top 25% highest-yielding eligible companies. Only companies that increase dividends consecutively for at least 10 and…

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Aug 3, 2021

Introducing the S&P QVM Top 90% Multi-factor Indices

Earlier this year, S&P DJI launched three S&P Quality, Value, and Momentum Top 90% Multi-factor Indices (the “S&P QVM Top 90%” Indices) across our large-cap, mid-cap, and small-cap universes. Each of these indices is tracked by an ETF. Compared to S&P DJI’s other flagship multi-factor indices, this new series represents a differentiated approach to multi-factor…

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Feb 26, 2021

The S&P Systematic Global Macro Index – Trending to New Highs

The S&P Systematic Global Macro Index (S&P SGMI) is a trend-following strategy that takes long or short positions in 37 constituent futures across equites, commodities, fixed income, and FX. In 2020, the S&P SGMI did particularly well during the COVID-19-related drawdowns, finishing March up 11.3%, and closing the year at an all-time high. Thus far…

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Jul 22, 2020

The S&P Systematic Global Macro Index – Catching the Trend

Trend-following strategies have the potential to outperform during periods of crisis, and that is exactly what the S&P Systematic Global Macro Index (S&P SGMI) did during the COVID-19-related drawdowns. Here we will examine this index and attribute its performance YTD. The S&P SGMI is a trend-following strategy that takes long or short positions in 37…

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Jul 17, 2020

Q2 2020 Performance Review for the S&P Risk Parity Indices

Risk appetite returned in the second quarter of 2020, spurred by the easing of COVID-19 lockdowns and aggressive economic stimulus measures. The S&P 500® rebounded, finishing the quarter up 20.5%, and yields on U.S. Treasuries saw little change. In commodities, the S&P GSCI rallied, with energy posting a sharp gain as oil-producing countries agreed on…

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May 12, 2020

S&P DJI’s Dividend Indices: The Importance of Incorporating Quality Screens

Over the last few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on the global economy in a way that no one could have expected. Unsurprisingly, many companies have had to reassess their dividend policy—in many cases resorting to cutting, postponing, or even suspending dividend payments. Against this background, it is beneficial to review the…

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Apr 14, 2020

Q1 2020 Performance Review for the S&P Risk Parity Indices

It comes as no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic had a profound effect on global markets in the first quarter of 2020. The S&P 500® suffered steep declines, and U.S. Treasury yields fell (prices rose) as investors favored a flight to quality. In commodities, the S&P GSCI ended March down an extraordinary 29.4%, the largest…

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Mar 23, 2020

Putting Defensive Indices to the Test

In January 2019, we highlighted several indices designed to reduce the impact of large equity market drawdowns. Here we analyze the same suite of indices divided across three broad categories: defensive equity, multi-asset, and volatility. This analysis simply reviews performance since the S&P 500®’s high on Feb. 19, 2020, through the close on Friday, March…

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Oct 10, 2019

S&P Risk Parity Indices: Positioning for Uncertainty

Uncertainty has been a common theme throughout 2019, and the third quarter proved no different. The quarter was dominated by uncertainties surrounding the U.S.-China trade talks as well as falling global growth forecasts. Demand for high-quality fixed income assets increased, pushing the yield on the 10-Year U.S. Treasury Bond down 34 bps. In spite of…

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