May 11, 2021

Mean Reversion and Momentum

After almost four years of underperformance, we witnessed a change in fortune in February 2021, as the relative performance of the S&P 500® Equal Weight Index turned positive. By the end of April, Equal Weight had outperformed the S&P 500 by 11% over the prior 12 months, as we see in Exhibit 1. Equal Weight’s…

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May 10, 2021

Equal Weight Indexing during Economic Recovery

2020 was a year for the history books – especially from a finance perspective. With COVID-19 ripping throughout the globe, we saw equity markets decline rapidly as several countries closed their borders. At the same time, however, we saw some companies flourish as people spent more time at home. Companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Google1…

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May 7, 2021

Comparing Small-Cap Indices in Developed and Emerging Markets

Not all small-cap indices are identical. Indices within the same market cap range can have varied performance in different markets. We studied the S&P Developed SmallCap and S&P Emerging SmallCap for their performance, volatility, and sector allocation in different market segments. The S&P Global SmallCap is a widely used benchmark representing the global small-cap market….

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May 4, 2021

Introducing the S&P Cryptocurrency Indices

For us at S&P DJI, this is an exciting time because this new asset class is bringing unprecedented change to our financial ecosystem and the mindsets of market participants. The cryptocurrency space is unlike traditional financial markets, and certainly unlike the ones we have benchmarked at S&P DJI over the last 100 years. Living mainly…

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May 3, 2021

Dissecting the Performance of Indian Equity Active Funds in 2020

The percentage of active funds that underperformed their respective benchmarks in the Indian Equities Large-Cap and Mid-/Small-Cap fund categories over a one-year investment horizon doubled from 2019 to 2020, as seen in the SPIVA® India Year-End Scorecards for 2019 and 2020. The percentage of Large-Cap active funds that underperformed the S&P BSE 100 over a…

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Apr 29, 2021

Woodstock for Capitalists

Berkshire Hathaway is scheduled to hold its annual shareholders’ meeting this Saturday, May 1. This is the second consecutive year in which the meeting will be virtual; in 2019, attendance was nearly 40,000, which makes social distancing somewhat difficult. We noted two years ago that Berkshire’s investment performance, though formidable over the long run, had…

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Apr 21, 2021

Global Islamic Indices Advanced in Q1 2021, but Lagged Conventional Counterparts

Global equities continued to rise during Q1 2021, gaining 2.5%, as measured by the S&P Global BMI. Shariah-compliant benchmarks, including the S&P Global BMI Shariah and Dow Jones Islamic Market (DJIM) World Index, underperformed their conventional counterparts in Q1, in part due to the strong performance of the Financials sector, which gained nearly 12% during…

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Apr 20, 2021

Beyond Market Cap: A Custom Index Approach to Australia

How are Custom Indexing tools helping Australian investors plan for superannuation and optimize broad market exposure? Take a closer look at the design process, objective, and performance of the Hamilton12 Australian Diversified Yield Index with S&P DJI’s Kenny Chan and Hamilton12’s Jason Hall.

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Apr 16, 2021

Despite March Comeback, Most Latin American Equity Markets Sustained Losses in Q1 2021

The first quarter was a tough one for equity markets in the region, as a stronger U.S. dollar and the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic weighed on performance. Despite a 3.1% gain in March, the S&P Latin America BMI lost 5.8% in USD in Q1 2021, while the S&P 500® gained 6.2%. At the…

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Apr 15, 2021

Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) – Part IV

In our previous blog, we’ve shown that SPACs tend to be small- and micro-cap companies that have low liquidity. Following the same framework, in this blog we will analyze SPACs’ performance. We found that relative to S&P SmallCap 600®, active SPACs underperformed when seeking the target, delivered abnormal returns during the deal announcement period, and…

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