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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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Sep 17, 2023

Analyzing Active in Australia: Lessons from the SPIVA Australia Mid-Year 2023 Scorecard

Since 2013, our SPIVA® Australia Scorecards have shown that the majority of actively managed Australian equity funds have typically underperformed the S&P/ASX 200. According to the recently published SPIVA Australia Mid-Year 2023 Scorecard, 55% of Australian Equity General fund managers lagged the S&P/ASX 200 in the first half of 2023.  Results for some fund categories…

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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 27, 2023

A Year of Two Halves for Australian Large-Cap Equity Managers

The first half of 2022 brought steep and broad-based losses for Australian equity indices of all stripes. On a relative basis, however, active Australian Equity General funds had a decent start to 2022; as our SPIVA® Australia Mid-Year 2022 Scorecard reported, a (slim) majority of active managers in this category outperformed the S&P/ASX 200. Unfortunately…

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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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