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Dec 2, 2021

Alpha, Omicron: Why?

Over the past week, global financial markets have been roiled by the discovery of the “Omicron” COVID-19 mutation. It’s far too soon to know how much this new variant will impact the world’s economy—but its discovery suggests an interesting thought experiment in, of all things, corporate governance. The experiment is this: suppose Omicron turns out…

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Nov 30, 2021

The Fed Is Doing What It Can – Will Emerging Markets Suffer What They Must?

                                        “The dollar is our currency, but it’s your problem.” Former U.S. Treasury Secretary John Connally (Feb. 27, 1917 – June 15, 1993) When John Connally uttered the famous words above, exactly 50 years ago today…

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Nov 18, 2021

Introducing the S&P 500 Twitter Sentiment Index Series

We are excited to introduce a new index series utilizing sentiment—the S&P 500® Twitter Sentiment Index Series, which adds another dimension to the way we measure broad U.S. equities. Over the past few years, social media has evolved to encompass commentary about stocks and financial markets. As the technology has improved, these views are now…

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Nov 16, 2021

No Time to Thrive

S&P DJI has just released the final regional edition of our S&P Index Versus Active (SPIVA®) Mid-Year 2021 Scorecards. The semiannual reports cover the performance of actively managed funds in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, South Africa, India, Japan, Australia, and our newest regional addition, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). SPIVA Scorecards…

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Nov 16, 2021

Let’s Talk about Survivorship – SPIVA Latin America Scorecard

The saying goes, “What does not kill you makes you stronger,” but could that strength translate into a greater chance of survival? Perhaps, especially if all future risks were equal or sufficiently similar to the one that was survived—assuming, of course, that one learned from that first experience. The survival of mutual funds could follow…

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Nov 8, 2021

Why Income Should Be The Outcome And The Need For Independent Indices

With the passage of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019, better known as the “SECURE Act”, and subsequent Department of Labor rules on lifetime income disclosures, the shift towards income-focused outcomes for America’s plan participants is well underway. I was reminded of the importance of this topic after watching the…

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Nov 3, 2021

The S&P SmallCap 600 Turns 27

The S&P SmallCap 600® celebrated its birthday last week, marking 27 years since its launch on Oct. 28, 1994. Designed to reflect the performance of small-cap U.S. equities, the index’s cumulative total returns have been affected by trends and narratives impacting the equities segment, historically. For example, Exhibit 1 shows that the S&P 600™ was…

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Oct 28, 2021

The S&P SmallCap 600 – A Sector-Led Bounce Back

For over 11 years, S&P Dow Jones Indices has been exploring the long-term, persistent outperformance of the S&P SmallCap 600® relative to the Russell 2000. As shown in Exhibit 1, the S&P 600TM has outperformed the Russell 2000 by 1.70% on an annualized basis from Dec. 31, 1994, to Sept. 30, 2021. The S&P 600…

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Oct 28, 2021

Closing the Retirement Gap with Indices

How can indices help retirees achieve retirement income goals? Nobel Laureate and Resident Scientist at Dimensional Fund Advisors, Dr. Robert Merton joins S&P DJI’s Dan Draper and Aye Soe for a deep dive into the U.S. retirement ecosystem.

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Oct 26, 2021

A Deeper Dive into the Digital Assets Ecosystem

S&P Dow Jones Indices launched the S&P Cryptocurrency Indices in May. The indices have shown historically high annualized returns accompanied by significant volatility and downside risk. One of the goals of indexing is to bring accessibility and transparency to markets, and we believe that launching indices with a trusted price provider, Lukka, has allowed market…

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