Silvia Kitchener

Director, Global Equity Indices, Latin America
S&P Dow Jones Indices
Biography

A. Silvia Kitchener is Director, Global Equity Indices, Latin America in S&P Dow Jones Indices’ (S&P DJI) Product Management group. Silvia is product manager for the Latin America equity market, covering a wide variety of indices from broad benchmark to smart beta and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) indices.

Silvia has worked in the index industry for the past 20 years. Her experience extends to designing, managing, and promoting a wide range of indices that include the S&P Latin America 40, S&P MILA Pacific Alliance, S&P BRIC 40, S&P Property and REIT Indices, S&P 500® Low Volatility Index, S&P Shariah Indices, and many other thematic indices. She also works closely with product managers to regularly publish research and analytical reports on a variety of investment topics, including environmental themes, global REITs, and Islamic finance.

Silvia was a member of the Index Committee from 2008 until her move to the product management team in 2012. She was responsible for managing a number of global and strategy indices, as well as monitoring index methodologies for enhancements to keep indices current and practical for investors.

Silvia graduated magna cum laude from the New York Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in communication art. She also has a master’s degree in information sciences from Columbia University.

Author Archives: Silvia Kitchener

Dividend Indices in Unprecedented Times – A Latin American Perspective

It’s time to look at dividend indices through the lens of these “unprecedented times.” Many market participants seek the comfort of dividend strategies, precisely for the yield they can generate. However, dividend investing is under siege, since many companies have announced reduced dividends or have suspended them altogether given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic Read more […]

The Downs and Ups of Latin American Markets – April 2020 Review

Investment in Latin America’s equity markets is not for the faint of heart—now more than ever. In the first quarter of 2020, all markets in the region were significantly negative, plagued by recent events. While April has swung markets back to positive territory, we are still far from the proverbial “light at the end of Read more […]

Performance of Latin American Markets in Q1 2020

Recently, I read a comment that suggested we skip 2020 altogether. This new decade has not really started well—if only we could jump straight to 2021. Amid the overwhelming impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on public health and on the economy, perhaps what resonates best is that “this too will pass.” U.S. equities, which serve Read more […]

Latin America – 2019 in Review

From a political and economic standpoint, 2019 was a challenging and interesting year for the Latin American region, but the region still finished strong. The S&P Latin America 40, Latin America’s blue-chip index, ended Q4 with a return of 9.0%, and it was up 13.9% for the year. Small-cap stocks in the region fared well, Read more […]

Performance of Latin American Markets in Q3 2019

The third quarter was a difficult one for the Latin American region. Meanwhile, it was a mixed bag for global markets—the U.S. ended on a slightly positive note, Europe on a negative one, and Japan also on a positive one, with global markets remaining nearly flat. The S&P 500® ended the quarter up 1.7%, the Read more […]

Performance of Latin American Markets in Q2 2019

As most global markets and regions have performed well in the first half of 2019, it is great to see that Latin America has kept up with its more developed regional counterparts, although at a slower pace. The S&P Latin America 40 was up 3.4% for the quarter and 11.5% YTD. Similarly, the broader S&P Read more […]

Performance of Latin American Markets in First Quarter 2019

As we close the first quarter of 2019, we see that Latin America did well for the period. The broad regional index, the S&P Latin America BMI, yielded nearly 9% and the S&P Latin America 40, representing the blue-chip companies in the region, generated returns just shy of 8%. These were in line with the Read more […]

Latin America Scorecard: Q4 2018

It is that time of year when we look back at the memorable moments that made 2018 so special. In our case, we will look at the Latin American markets to see their development and performance. This past year was particularly exhilarating and terrifying at the same time, similar to the feeling one gets when Read more […]

Latin America Scorecard: Q3 2018

This quarter has brought mixed expectations for the region. The quarter itself resulted in overall positive returns. However, Latin America is still in the red for the year. The S&P Latin America 40, a widely used benchmark for the region, ended the quarter strong with a return of 6.4%. The countries that contributed to this Read more […]

What September Brings for the S&P/CLX Index Series

September is here. The entire Chilean investment community has been looking forward to this month for many reasons. For one, the transition of operations of the Chilean indices has been completed. S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) is now the official index administrator of the Bolsa de Santiago’s indices. Secondly, the rebalancing and reweighting of Read more […]