Apr 29, 2021

Seeking Sustainable Dividends in Global Markets – Introducing the Dow Jones International Dividend 100 Index (Part 2)

Since its index inception on March 31, 2005, the Dow Jones International Dividend 100 Index has delivered significant outperformance, on a total return basis, over the broader market, as represented by the Dow Jones Global ex-U.S. Index. The Dow Jones International Dividend 100 Index generated an annualized return of 8.82%, compared with 6.05% from the…

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Apr 28, 2021

Seeking Sustainable Dividends in Global Markets – Introducing the Dow Jones International Dividend 100 Index (Part 1)

Dividend strategies appeal to investors for various reasons. High-dividend-yield strategies can offer generous income, while dividend growth strategies tend to emphasize the quality of dividends. The Dow Jones International Dividend 100 Index, launched in March 2021, seeks to provide global exposure to both high dividend yield and dividend growth. Here we review the methodology of…

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Apr 14, 2021

Dividends Have Stabilized After a Challenging 2020: What Comes Next?

A CRITICAL DISTINCTION TO BE MADE When the pandemic began, many investors feared widespread dividend cuts. However, while some companies did cut or suspended their dividends, the damage was largely confined to the pandemic’s early stages. Once the economy began to stabilize, so did dividends. By the end of 2020, approximately three times as many…

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Mar 2, 2021

How to Value Thematic Strategies

During the pandemic, we’ve seen an evolution of behavioral changes fuel transcendent trends across our economy that may create new future growth opportunities. This has spurred investor interest in thematic ETFs that seek to provide exposure to firms at the forefront of innovation. In 2020, more than $40 billion flowed into ETFs focused on Future…

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Feb 26, 2021

The S&P Systematic Global Macro Index – Trending to New Highs

The S&P Systematic Global Macro Index (S&P SGMI) is a trend-following strategy that takes long or short positions in 37 constituent futures across equites, commodities, fixed income, and FX. In 2020, the S&P SGMI did particularly well during the COVID-19-related drawdowns, finishing March up 11.3%, and closing the year at an all-time high. Thus far…

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Feb 16, 2021

Income-Focused Strategy Indices Show Resilience in 2020 (Part 2)

In part 1 of this blog, we saw how falling real interest rates reduce the retirement income a given account balance can support. In part 2, we focus on how interest rate risk may potentially be managed through an income-focused asset allocation. The S&P STRIDE (S&P Shift to Retirement Income and Decumulation) indices measure the…

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Feb 9, 2021

Income-Focused Strategy Indices Show Resilience in 2020 (Part 1)

Retirement investors faced numerous investment headwinds in 2020. In addition to heightened volatility in the stock market, they had to cope with falling interest rates on both regular and inflation-indexed bonds. Real interest rates, interest rates that have been adjusted to remove the effects of inflation, are especially relevant for retirement investors because lower real…

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Feb 4, 2021

S&P Risk Parity Indices Significantly Outperform the Manager Composite in 2020

Plagued by the novel coronavirus pandemic and election uncertainty, 2020 was a year that many are happy to forget. Nonetheless, the S&P 500® finished strong, up 12.15% for the fourth quarter and 18.40% for the year, driven largely by newly developed vaccines and aggressive economic stimulus measures. In the fourth quarter, yields on the U.S….

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Jan 19, 2021

Manage Drawdown and Recovery with Dynamic Allocation

In October 2019, S&P Dow Jones Indices launched the S&P ESG Global Macro Index, an ESG-themed, regionally diversified, volatility-managed, multi-asset index. As discussed in my previous blog, the index has generated stable absolute returns of 5.44% annually, a volatility of 4.89%, and downside protection during extreme market scenarios, based on back-tested performance from Aug. 31,…

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Jan 4, 2021

Decrement Indices Explained

Decrement indices have gained popularity as the underlying assets of equity-linked structured products in Europe and Asia. According to SRP, among the 318 products across asset classes in France that matured or autocalled between April 2018 and March 2019, more than 32 were linked to decrement indices.1 One of the reasons behind this recent popularity…

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