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Oct 25, 2023

The Importance of Profitability in Australian Small Caps

It has long been evident that small-cap companies with a track record of generating earnings have outperformed relative to their peers. Profitability matters for small-cap companies, and the S&P/ASX Small Ordinaries Select Index was launched in 2018 to provide a measurement of these companies in Australia. The S&P/ASX Small Ordinaires Select Index—which includes a profitably…

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Oct 4, 2023

Exploring Dividends Down Under

What’s driving demand for index-based access to dividends in Australia? S&P DJI’s Jason Ye surveys the dividend landscape in the Australian market and examines how market participants are using indices in the search for yield.

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Jul 13, 2023

S&P/ASX All Technology Index Boosted by Tech Turnaround

Following a poor 2022, the Information Technology sector has proven itself to be the outstanding performer in Australian equities in 2023. Despite rising interest rates, higher bond yields and weakening consumer confidence, market participants have still seen value in the Tech sector thus far in 2023. Tech’s turnaround has benefited the S&P/ASX All Technology Index,…

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Jun 5, 2023

Connecting the S&P/ASX 200 to U.S. Equity Icons

Many market participants have a “home bias,” typically having larger exposures to domestic securities than would be determined by their representation in the global opportunity set. Australia is no exception: compared to Australia’s 2% weight in the S&P Global BMI, Australian investors allocated an estimated 49% of their total equity allocation to domestic stocks at…

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May 14, 2023

S&P/ASX Small- and Mid-Cap Indices: Differentiators in a Large-Cap Dominated Market

Large-cap, Australian-listed companies have continued their robust 2022, outperforming the small- and mid-cap segments YTD as of April 30, 2023. However, a fast-changing economic environment may support considering small and mid-cap indices in Australia. The range of returns for Australian-listed companies in 2022 was among the widest seen in 20 years. Broad dispersion was exhibited…

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Apr 3, 2023

Minor Impact to Headline S&P/ASX Indices from GICS Changes

Revisions to the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®) structure were implemented at the March S&P/ASX rebalance. The changes affect the GICS structure at all levels and involve a number of intra- and inter-sector changes for companies within the S&P/ASX 200 and S&P/ASX 300. Inter-sector changes are the reclassification of constituents to a different sector under…

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Mar 8, 2023

First Islamic Indices Based on S&P/ASX Series Launched

S&P DJI is launching its first S&P/ASX Shariah Indices, which aim to track the performance of Shariah-compliant stocks in the S&P/ASX 200 and the S&P/ASX 300. This launch comes in the context of increased interest in the Muslim community for Shariah investing in Australia. The Muslim community in Australia accounts for 3.2% of the population,…

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Feb 21, 2023

Income Generation and the S&P/ASX BuyWrite Index

In my last blog, we discussed the performance characteristics of the S&P/ASX BuyWrite Index. We will now focus on the income-generating feature of this index. As a reminder, a covered call strategy involves selling a call option against an asset that is already owned by the option writer. A systematic long-term covered call strategy generates…

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Feb 1, 2023

18-Year Performance of the S&P/ASX BuyWrite Index

The volatile and unpredictable nature of the stock market is characterized by periods of ups and downs. Covered call option writing is a strategy aimed at generating income and mitigating loss, particularly in bear market environments. A covered call (or “buy-write”) strategy involves selling a call option against an asset that is already owned by…

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Nov 9, 2022

A Weakening Aussie Dollar Puts Offshore Earners in the Spotlight

The days of Australian-U.S. dollar parity are becoming a distant memory, as U.S. dollar strength has seen the value of the Australian equivalent reach a recent low of just under 63 cents, a decline of over 13% from year-end levels. The weakening of the Australian dollar could have significant implications for the share prices of…

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