Category Archives: Strategy

S&P MARC 5% ER 2018 Performance: Diversification and Allocation Provide Stability

Despite a rocky start and end to 2018 that negatively affected the performance of all the asset classes within the S&P MARC 5% Excess Return (ER) Index,[1] the index maintained a relatively stable performance throughout the year, although it ended the year in red. When you look at the asset classes in the S&P MARC Read more […]

Combining the Quality Factor With Dividend Yield: A Study of S&P DJI Dividend Strategies

As of Dec. 31, 2018, the passive implementation of dividend strategies measured approximately USD 141 billion based on assets under management (AUM) of dividend-focused ETFs listed in the U.S. This is a staggering amount considering that only 10 years ago the AUM amounted to just over USD 6 billion.[1] The growth in assets, as well Read more […]

Pure Style Indices: A Finer Tool With Higher Style Focus

Style investing as an investment approach has long been utilized by market participants to group securities based on their common characteristics and risk/return drivers. Those common characteristics, in turn, help investors make strategic and tactical asset allocation decisions. The first-generation S&P U.S. Style Indices serve as effective underlying tools for market participants seeking a passive Read more […]

Looking at Sectors With a Style Lens

We’ve previously observed that we can view the world through both a factor and a sector lens, but what about overlaying sectors and style? This is indeed possible, as sectors can serve as implementation vehicles to achieve a particular view on style. Using value and growth scores that are reset annually for every constituent within Read more […]

Raising the Bar in Small Caps

As a leading index provider with clients and customers around the world, S&P Dow Jones Indices regularly launches new indices.  Just like our children, we try to love them all equally.  Every now and then, however, a particularly exciting new index comes along.  Last week, our global equities group launched a potentially important new benchmark Read more […]

Dividend Growth Strategies and Downside Protection

2018 ended on a sour note for the S&P 500®, as the index declined by more than 9% in December alone. The drop-off resulted in the first negative calendar year return (-4.38%) for the S&P 500 (TR) since the financial crisis (2008). Meanwhile, the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats®, which is designed to measure the performance Read more […]

Q4 2018 Performance Review for the S&P Risk Parity Indices

As the ball dropped this New Year’s Eve, most investors were more than happy to bid adieu to what proved to be a volatile end to 2018. The fourth quarter began with the October sell-off, which was just the start of a highly volatile quarter. The S&P 500® fell almost 7% in October alone, with Read more […]

Defensive “Buffer Protect” Option Strategies Can Help Investors Stay the Course

Equities have historically offered promising growth potential, but we have seen time and again how suddenly and severely the equity markets can be affected by events that are difficult to predict, and 2019 is not likely to be an exception. Losses can have a greater impact on portfolios than gains because the money remaining after Read more […]

Brexit: Sell on May and Run Away?

29 months after the referendum that triggered Britain’s departure from the E.U., and a little over four months from the scheduled departure date, the nature of the ultimate exit deal (if any) remains uncertain. What can indices tell us about the market’s reaction and expectations? The volatility of the pound sterling has offered a direct link to the uncertainty Read more […]

Why Credit Should Not Be an Independent Asset Class Within a Risk Parity Benchmark

This blog post was co-authored with Matthew Brown, President and COO, MSR Investments, LLC. We believe there are two critical criteria an index must meet to be considered a benchmark:  1) it must be easy to implement as a viable investment alternative to managers that pursue the same strategy, and 2) it must define only Read more […]