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Feb 8, 2024

Bond Beginnings and Beyond

American political consultant James Carville once commented that he’d like to be resurrected as the bond market because, “you can intimidate everyone.”  As of July 2023, the global bond market comprises about USD 135 trillion of securities, of which rated corporate debt represents USD 23 trillion.1 U.S. corporate debt makes up roughly half of the…

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Jan 26, 2024

S&P DJI’s Global Islamic Equity Benchmarks Surged Nearly 12% in the Final Quarter, Outperforming Conventional Benchmarks in 2023

Global equities witnessed a strong Q4 2023 as slowing inflation and the potential for lower interest rates improved market sentiment drastically. The S&P Global BMI rallied 11.4% for the quarter, finishing the year with an impressive 21.9% return. Middle East and North Africa (MENA) equities rose 6.4% in Q4, as measured by the S&P Pan…

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Dec 7, 2023

Surveying the Latest SPIVA India Scorecard Results

Were active and fixed income fund managers able to keep up with their benchmarks in the latest SPIVA India Scorecard? Dive into the latest results with S&P DJI’s Bhavna Sadarangani and Benedek Vörös.

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Dec 6, 2023

Happy Days for How Long?

With less than a month left to go to close out the year, it’s a good time to reflect on the highs and lows that market participants have experienced. While the year began with a rocky start due to the Silicon Valley Bank collapse, the market continued to power forward, stumbling in Q3 as 10-year…

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Nov 29, 2023

What Do Insurance Companies Need to Know About SPIVA?

How and when are insurers implementing index-based strategies as they seek liquidity, diversification, and risk mitigation? S&P DJI’s Raghu Ramachandran and Anu Ganti join BlackRock’s Andrew Masalin to discuss what’s driving passive outperformance and the use of ETFs by insurers through the lens of SPIVA.

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Nov 28, 2023

Finding Fee Savings in Fixed Income

One of the benefits of indexing is its low cost relative to active management. As indexing has grown, investors have benefited substantially by saving on fees and avoiding active underperformance. These benefits are not limited just to equities but have also extended to other asset classes including the fixed income space, where fees can play…

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Nov 9, 2023

Measuring Fixed Income Opportunities in Asia with Indices

How are indices helping investors track the continued development of Asian Bond markets? S&P DJI’s Randolf Tantzscher and SSGA’s Kheng Siang Ng discuss how indexing is helping market participants track the evolving fixed income opportunity set across currencies in Asia.

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Nov 5, 2023

Tracking the Evolving Yield Landscape with Indices

How have shifts in U.S. interest rates influenced the fixed income opportunity set in Asia? S&P DJI’s Randolf Tantzscher joins SSgA’s Kheng Siang Ng for a closer look at how indices are helping investors track the development of global fixed income markets and assess potential shifts in the search for yield.

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Oct 12, 2023

Seeking Shelter in Short-Term Municipals

As has been the case for most of 2023, markets continue to grapple with the notion of whether the Fed will maintain its plan of “higher for longer.” Last week’s release of strong economic data (improved GDP expectations and strong unemployment) exacerbated selling in longer-dated treasuries, sending yields higher. As a result, U.S. Treasury bonds…

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Oct 4, 2023

The Challenge Continues: Results from the SPIVA Latin America Mid-Year 2023 Scorecard

In the history of SPIVA (S&P Indices Versus Active) Scorecards, most active managers have tended to underperform benchmarks most of the time, especially over longer periods. The SPIVA Latin America Mid-Year 2023 Scorecard revealed that active managers produced mixed performance during the first half of 2023. During H1 2023, more than one-half of active managers…

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