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Sep 22, 2022

The U.S. Dollar’s Outperformance Makes Its Impact on Indices, Too

U.S. dollar strength has led to parity in EUR-USD exchange rates in recent days, with the value of the euro equaling 99 U.S. pennies at its low. While 114 U.S. pennies were still required to equal the British pound sterling, “cable”—the GBP-USD rate—has reached its lowest since 1985. In Asia, the Japanese yen has suffered…

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Aug 29, 2022

The Case for Dividend Aristocrats in Pan Asia

During a time of acute monetary policy tightening throughout much of the western world, major Asian central banks have remained relatively more accommodative. In China, the People’s Bank of China cut its key five-year prime loan rate last week1 after cutting it only a few months ago in May. In addition to the looser monetary…

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Aug 19, 2022

Low Volatility Holds Its Own

If the first six months of 2022 were defined by the woes of equities, the year’s second half has been defined (so far!) by a comeback. Since hitting a low in mid-June, the S&P 500® has gained an impressive 17.1% through Aug. 18, 2022. In such an environment, low volatility strategies are expected to underperform,…

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Aug 18, 2022

Dividend Growers in Inflationary Environments

With inflation being a major issue in the current economy, consumers are increasingly looking for ways to combat their loss of purchasing power. One way to achieve this is to have sources of income that keep pace with, or even exceed, the inflation rate. Over the past four decades, dividends have played an increasing role…

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Aug 11, 2022

The S&P Systematic Global Macro Index Outperformed YTD

U.S. equities rebounded in July thanks to earnings from mega-cap technology and major oil companies. The S&P 500® surged 9.2%, posting its best month since November 2020 and reversing its 8.3% loss in June. Nevertheless, the S&P 500 remains in correction territory, down 13.1% from its Jan. 3, 2022, record high. The S&P Systematic Global…

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Jul 19, 2022

Commodities: Inflation, Interest Rates and the U.S. Dollar

After last week’s highest inflation print in over four decades, the U.S. dollar (USD) rose to its strongest level in 20 years, as measured against a broad basket of currencies. The euro also hit parity with the USD for the first time since 2002 as a consequence of Europe’s front-line exposure to the Russia-Ukraine conflict…

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Jun 30, 2022

S&P QVM Top 90% Indices: An Examination of the June 2022 Rebalance

This blog is the second in the quarterly blog series we recently introduced to provide transparency into rebalance adds and drops for our S&P Quality, Value & Momentum Top 90% Multi-factor Indices (S&P QVM Top 90% Indices). The S&P QVM Top 90% Indices seek to track constituents in the top 90% of their universe, ranked…

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Jun 29, 2022

The S&P ESG Dividend Aristocrats Index Series: One Year Later

Dividends have historically provided a significant source of returns.  A recent blog stated dividends have become an important source of household income for U.S. investors and accounted for 7.3% of personal income as of Q1 2022, climbing from 3.2% in 1980. Over the same period, interest income has declined in share from 16.2% to 9.2%….

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Jun 24, 2022

Simplicity Yields Outperformance: The S&P 500 Low Volatility High Dividend Index

Last week, the S&P 500® officially entered a bear market, dropping more than 20% from its record close in January. However, not all equity indices suffered comparable losses, and one such example is the S&P 500 Low Volatility High Dividend Index. In fact, this index has outperformed by a wide margin so far in 2022….

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Jun 9, 2022

Introducing the S&P 500 ESG Dividend Aristocrats Index

Investors are increasingly aspiring to align their investment objectives with their personal and societal values. At the same time, dividends are at the top of investors’ minds, as monetary policies tighten globally and volatility in the financial markets increases. In light of these trends, S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) recently launched the S&P 500®…

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