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Sep 6, 2022

Tucking in to the SPIVA Australia Mid-Year 2022 Scorecard

The semiannual S&P Indices Versus Active (SPIVA®) Scorecard1 measures the performance of actively managed funds against their corresponding benchmarks in various markets around the world. The latest Australian edition, the SPIVA Australia Mid-Year 2022 Scorecard, provides a number of interesting insights about the performance of active versus passive across active fund categories. Although the long-term…

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Jul 27, 2022

What Fixed Income Index Liquidity Means for Insurers

How are index-based strategies helping insurers measure and address liquidity in their portfolios? Take a closer look at the why index liquidity matters with S&P DJI’s Nick Godec, Morgan Stanley’s Meredith Shaw, and BlackRock’s James Winslow.

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Jun 9, 2022

Looking for Income – The Case for Dividends

For decades, traditional wisdom held that U.S. investors seeking stable income should turn to bonds. However, after more than a third of a century of declining yields, the current market environment may require a less traditional approach. Until recently, U.S. Treasuries have been a vehicle of choice for income-seeking investors: they provide a fixed stream…

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May 31, 2022

Insurance General Accounts See Increased Fixed Income ETF Adoption in 2021

As of year-end 2021, insurance companies held USD 45.4 billion in ETFs in their general accounts—a 15% increase over 2020. We recently published a research piece on the use of ETFs by insurance companies. In this blog post, we explore the increased use of fixed income ETFs in these portfolios. Fixed income securities comprise the…

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May 24, 2022

Bringing Transparency to Green Bonds

As the global green bond market continues to grow, how are indices helping investors assess greenium and the potential opportunity set? S&P DJI’s Brian Luke joins VanEck’s Bill Sokol and Phil Kirouac for a closer look at how indexing works for green bonds.  

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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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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 18, 2022

Inflation Is Here. A Multi-Asset Dynamic Hedging Strategy Is Also Here.

The S&P Multi-Asset Dynamic Inflation Strategy Index was launched in 2021 to offer a more dynamic, rotational approach to integrating inflation hedging than the typical static 5%-10% allocation to commodities. The index dynamically weights asset class constituents monthly based on the underlying inflation regime represented by the latest monthly U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) reading.1…

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Mar 18, 2022

Rising Rate Reflections

The Federal Open Market Committee voted to raise the Federal Funds rate by 25 bps on March 16, 2022. This move was well telegraphed and not at all surprising—but that doesn’t mean that we won’t hear concerns about how rising rates will impact equity returns. Finance theory teaches us that, other things equal, rising interest…

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Mar 14, 2022

Paint by Numbers: SPIVA Latin America Year-End 2021

The S&P Indices Versus Active (SPIVA®) Scorecard1 provides a rich tapestry of data and insights on the active versus passive debate by comparing the performance of actively managed funds to their corresponding passive benchmarks. The SPIVA Latin America Scorecard is one of several regionally focused reports and covers the performance of active funds in Brazil,…

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