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May 16, 2022

A Practical Look at Index Liquidity in Asia

What role does index liquidity play in helping market-participants in Asia participate in the U.S. equity ecosystem during Asia’s trading hours? Join S&P DJI and State Street Global Advisors for a practical look at using indices to assess the potential opportunity set. Learn more: Regional Relevancy of S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average Futures…

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May 9, 2022

Value Resurgent, Part 2

The years between 2017 and 2021 were a frustrating half-decade for value investors. The S&P 500 Growth Index advanced at a compound annual rate of 24.1%, more than double the 11.9% return of its Value counterpart. Despite occasional (and sometimes prematurely celebrated) periods of success, Value underperformed Growth in four years of the five (and…

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May 9, 2022

Parsing Persistence

Similar to active managers, who attempt to identify stocks with above-average performance, investors who use active funds aim to identify managers who will outperform their peers. Our SPIVA® Scorecards consistently show that most active managers underperform most of the time. But not all funds, and not all the time. How might such outperforming funds be…

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Apr 26, 2022

Growth Managers’ Perfect Storm

Anyone familiar with our SPIVA reports will realize that most active managers fail most of the time. In 21 years of SPIVA data, a majority of large-cap managers underperformed the S&P 500 18 times; the most recent of the three exceptions came in 2009. Even in that context, 2021 was a year of above-average difficulty,…

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Apr 21, 2022

Revisiting ETF Usage in Insurance General Accounts

S&P Dow Jones Indices annually publishes an in-depth report that examines ETF usage within insurance general account portfolios, leveraging the Schedule D data from annual insurance company filings. Following a generally consistent upward trend, from 2019 to 2020, U.S. insurance companies increased their ETF AUM by 18% to USD 36.9 billion.1 An early look at…

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Apr 21, 2022

Global Islamic Indices Lagged in Q1 2022 in a Reversal from 2021

Global equities fell during the first quarter of the year, declining 5.5% as measured by the S&P Global BMI amid heightened volatility, surging inflation and the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Shariah-compliant benchmarks, including the S&P Global BMI Shariah and Dow Jones Islamic Market (DJIM) World Index, underperformed their conventional counterparts during the quarter, as the Information Technology…

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Apr 18, 2022

A Much-Anticipated Reversal of Fortunes for Latin American Equities

The Latin American pendulum has swung back from negative to positive returns in the past three months. The S&P Latin America 40 ended the quarter up 29.5%, its best Q1 performance since 1991. This is in stark contrast to other global equity markets, which ended in the red, with the S&P 500® losing 4.6%, the…

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Mar 31, 2022

A Streamlined Approach to Multi-Asset with the S&P Target Risk Indices

Multi-asset strategies have been getting more attention the last few years from market participants seeking pre-packaged solutions to diversification. As more strategies evolve to be increasingly complex, including black-box allocation algorithms, multiple signals, and 10 or more components, we felt it was time to highlight a simpler, transparent index-based approach. The S&P Target Risk Indices…

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Mar 30, 2022

Sizing Sectors

After peaks in S&P 500® concentration, the S&P 500 Equal Weight Index has tended to outperform, suggesting that there is a relationship between changes in concentration and the relative performance of equal weighting. But, does this relationship also occur at the sector level? Using the historical adjusted HHI (Herfindahl-Hirschman Index), we’ve previously established that concentration…

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Mar 28, 2022

Face-to-Face with the Metaverse

Metaverse on the Runway to Reality S&P DJI recently launched the S&P Kensho Metaverse Index, which is designed to track the growing group of technologies under the metaverse banner. The origin story of the metaverse can be traced back to a science fiction novel in the early ‘90s. Since then, it has seen many reincarnations…

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