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Feb 6, 2023

Good Things Come in Threes: Muni Bonds Appear Ripe for 2023

With one month down in 2023, let’s track the performance of municipal bonds so far: as of Jan. 31, 2023, the yield for the S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond Index was at roughly 3% (3.02% to be exact). The total return was up about 3% for January (2.87% to be exact), putting a dent in…

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Feb 3, 2023

Record CDS Index Volumes As We Head into the 20-Year Anniversary of iTraxx and CDX

This blog was co-authored by Srichandra Masabathula and Nicholas Godec In 2022, volumes in CDX and iTraxx reached an all-time high of nearly USD 36 trillion—a 43% year-over-year increase. Such record-breaking volumes occurred as we fast approach the 20-year anniversary of the indices—CDX and iTraxx will roll into Series 40 in March and September 2023,…

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Dec 15, 2022

Safe Harbors and Silver Linings

As we reflect on this year’s notable market themes, one trend is certain: it has been a tumultuous market characterized by rate hikes and inflation concerns across regions, with significant losses across asset classes. Crypto market performance added to jitters, with the S&P Cryptocurrency LargeCap Index down 66% YTD. Losses throughout the year culminated in…

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Dec 13, 2022

Paying Dividends: Measuring Rising Income against Declining Risks in the iBoxx Fixed Income Indices

With the ZIRP world1 firmly in the rear view, the “income” in fixed income is back. As yields collapsed to record lows, income-starved investors sought alternative sources of income such as dividend strategies, which attracted record flows in related products throughout 2022. Now, with investment grade bond yields hitting as high as 6%, bonds are…

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Dec 7, 2022

Exploring Active vs. Passive in Latin America

How do active managers in Latin America stack up to their benchmarks? Discover the key takeaways from the latest SPIVA Latin America Scorecard with S&P DJI’s Tim Edwards and Ericka Alcántara.

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Nov 28, 2022

What Is SPIVA? A Closer Look at 20 Years of the Active vs. Passive Debate

Explore key takeaways from two decades of the Active vs. Passive debate as S&P DJI’s Tim Edwards and Benedek Vörös pull back the curtain on the SPIVA Scorecard and examine how active managers stack up to their benchmarks.

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Nov 10, 2022

Tip of the Iceberg: Fixed Income ETFs in Times of Crisis

20 and 15 years after the launches of the first ETFs based on the iBoxx USD Liquid Investment Grade (IG) Index and iBoxx USD Liquid High Yield (HY) Index, respectively, ETFs are increasingly used to trade fixed income without the necessity of transacting individual bonds. The tradability of bond ETFs has been leveraged by a…

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Nov 4, 2022

U.K. Bond Market: Insights from the Recent Downturn

The past few weeks have been extraordinary as U.K. politics and financial markets entangled, resulting in GBP-denominated debt becoming both shaken and stirred. Gilts, bonds issued by the U.K. government, were hit particularly hard on the back of collateral calls in the liability-driven investment pension crisis. Gilts saw their yields reach multi-year highs, especially in…

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Oct 19, 2022

Size, Sectors and Skew: Observations from the SPIVA MENA Mid-Year 2022 Scorecard

The semiannual S&P Indices Versus Active (SPIVA®) Scorecards1 measure the performance of actively managed funds against their corresponding benchmarks in various markets around the world. According to the latest SPIVA MENA Mid-Year 2022 Scorecard, the majority of MENA active equity managers outperformed their benchmarks, despite a turbulent second quarter and geopolitical tensions. Performance across the…

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Oct 11, 2022

Amid the Energy Rally, Tracking ESG Bond Index Performance

Year-to-date, global stock and bond market returns have been mired in red. The picture has been consistent across the various bond and equity sectors, except for Energy and Utilities stocks, posting YTD returns of 48.8% and 5.5%, respectively. Before this Energy rally, the iBoxx MSCI ESG Advanced USD Liquid Investment Grade (IG) Index was launched…

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