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Silvia Kitchener

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

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.
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Jul 21, 2020

Latin American Equity Markets Staged Recovery in Q2 2020 despite Continuing Battle with COVID-19

We have made it through the first half of 2020. Despite the continued spread of COVID-19 wreaking havoc on public health and the global economy, the markets did surprisingly well during Q2. In the U.S., the equity market rebounded from Q1, driven by government stimulus packages and the easing of restrictions imposed during the pandemic….

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Jun 9, 2020

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…

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May 12, 2020

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…

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Apr 16, 2020

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…

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Jan 17, 2020

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,…

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Oct 29, 2019

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…

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Jul 25, 2019

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…

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Apr 26, 2019

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…

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Jan 18, 2019

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…

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Oct 16, 2018

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…

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