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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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Feb 2, 2022

Is Fixed Income Failing? It May Be Time to Look at the Index

Last year wasn’t the best time to hold bonds. Nearly every equity market delivered solid gains in 2021, while the S&P U.S. Aggregate Bond Index fell 1.4%. Nevertheless, flows into fixed income products such as ETFs were firmly positive. The leading asset gatherer was total market-type ETFs, with one in every three dollars newly invested…

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Nov 16, 2021

No Time to Thrive

S&P DJI has just released the final regional edition of our S&P Index Versus Active (SPIVA®) Mid-Year 2021 Scorecards. The semiannual reports cover the performance of actively managed funds in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, South Africa, India, Japan, Australia, and our newest regional addition, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). SPIVA Scorecards…

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Nov 16, 2021

Let’s Talk about Survivorship – SPIVA Latin America Scorecard

The saying goes, “What does not kill you makes you stronger,” but could that strength translate into a greater chance of survival? Perhaps, especially if all future risks were equal or sufficiently similar to the one that was survived—assuming, of course, that one learned from that first experience. The survival of mutual funds could follow…

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Nov 8, 2021

Why Income Should Be The Outcome And The Need For Independent Indices

With the passage of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019, better known as the “SECURE Act”, and subsequent Department of Labor rules on lifetime income disclosures, the shift towards income-focused outcomes for America’s plan participants is well underway. I was reminded of the importance of this topic after watching the…

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Oct 28, 2021

Closing the Retirement Gap with Indices

How can indices help retirees achieve retirement income goals? Nobel Laureate and Resident Scientist at Dimensional Fund Advisors, Dr. Robert Merton joins S&P DJI’s Dan Draper and Aye Soe for a deep dive into the U.S. retirement ecosystem.

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