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Apr 13, 2022

Finding a Factor Fit

How can three decades of factor index performance history help investors make more informed decisions and measure the effectiveness of active managers? Join S&P DJI’s Craig Lazzara and Anu Ganti for a closer look at factor performance across a range of market environments. Learn more: https://www.spglobal.com/spdji/en/research/article/factor-indices-a-simple-compendium/

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Apr 4, 2022

S&P QVM Top 90% Indices: Looking under the Hood of the March 2022 Rebalance

Since their launch in April 2021, the S&P Quality, Value, and Momentum Top 90% Multi-factor Indices (the “S&P QVM Top 90% Indices”) have been a great addition to our multi-factor lineup. These indices are designed to track companies in the top 90% of their respective underlying index universe, ranked by their multi-factor score. To support…

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Apr 4, 2022

Hedging Diversification Bets

Low volatility strategies were designed for times like the ones we’ve experienced so far in 2022. Year-to-date through March 31, 2022, equities have struggled. In the U.S., the S&P 500® was down 4.6% YTD. The S&P Developed Ex-U.S. BMI and the S&P Emerging Plus LargeMidCap fared even worse, plummeting 5.6% and 6.7% YTD, respectively. But…

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Mar 22, 2022

Holding Period Returns

What is the appropriate observational period for evaluating an investment strategy? This question is important, because different observational periods can produce different conclusions. For example, for the first 11 weeks of 2022, one of our better-performing factor indices has been the S&P 500® Low Volatility Index. Through March 18, 2022, Low Vol had declined 4.7%,…

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Mar 18, 2022

Canadian Equities Offer Some Solace amid World Turmoil

Despite global geopolitical tensions, Canadian equities, in contrast to U.S. equities, seem to be faring well. Since its rebalance on Dec. 17, 2021, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 5.7% (through March 17, 2022). It was no surprise that the S&P/TSX Composite Low Volatility Index lagged—what was surprising was that it lagged by 1.3%, rising 4.4% over…

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Mar 8, 2022

No Easy Answer: Sector and Factor Responses to U.S. Rate Hikes

Although higher rates are generally seen as negative for risk assets, the initial stages of a monetary tightening cycle have not been disastrous for the U.S. stock market historically. However, while the overall market may muddle through just fine, the same may not be true for the different sectors and factors that compose a broad…

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Mar 3, 2022

Rising Rates’ Repercussions

Which of the figures in Exhibit 1 belong together? Even if puzzles aren’t your strong suit, it’s not hard to observe that A and C are similar, as are B and D. A and C are not like B and D. Exhibit 1’s puzzle is rooted in recent economic news, specifically in the consensus view…

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Feb 18, 2022

Two Volatile Sectors

Since the last rebalance for the S&P 500® Low Volatility Index on Nov. 19, 2021, the market has experienced gyrations not seen since February 2021. The S&P 500 declined 6.44% since the November rebalance, with daily changes of greater than 1% almost half (44%) of the time. Low volatility strategies are designed to smooth out…

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Jan 25, 2022

How Does Indexing Small-Cap Equities Work for Insurers?

How does profitability influence risk and return in small-cap equities? S&P DJI’s Raghu Ramachandran and Garrett Glawe join Vanguard’s Ilene Kelman and Cardinal Investment Advisors’ Matt Padberg to take a closer look at aligning index objectives with strategic objectives.

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Jan 4, 2022

Focusing on Factor Indices

Factor indices have two important uses. First, they can be used as benchmarks to help clients of specialist managers disentangle how much of the manager’s performance is attributable simply to factor exposure, and how much is attributable to the manager’s stock selection beyond the factor. Second, factor indices can be used as investment vehicles to…

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