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May 17, 2022

The (Re)Balancing Act of the S&P 500 ESG Index

It is that time of year yet again: the seasons are changing, spring is in the air and the S&P 500® ESG Index has undergone its fourth annual rebalance. Just as it has in years past, the changes of the 2022 rebalance reflect the delicate balancing act of providing for broad-based market exposure but with…

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May 9, 2022

Parsing Persistence

Similar to active managers, who attempt to identify stocks with above-average performance, investors who use active funds aim to identify managers who will outperform their peers. Our SPIVA® Scorecards consistently show that most active managers underperform most of the time. But not all funds, and not all the time. How might such outperforming funds be…

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Mar 29, 2022

Green Pools: Evolving ESG Trading Ecosystems

Compared to the wide range of liquid, tradable instruments associated to more traditional benchmarks like the S&P 500®, the trading ecosystem of ESG-based investment products is still in its infancy. But, with the increased volume in listed futures linked to the S&P 500 ESG Index and S&P Europe 350® ESG Index, change is afoot. Of…

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Mar 18, 2022

Canadian Equities Offer Some Solace amid World Turmoil

Despite global geopolitical tensions, Canadian equities, in contrast to U.S. equities, seem to be faring well. Since its rebalance on Dec. 17, 2021, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 5.7% (through March 17, 2022). It was no surprise that the S&P/TSX Composite Low Volatility Index lagged—what was surprising was that it lagged by 1.3%, rising 4.4% over…

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Feb 22, 2022

Moonshots: A Proposition for 2022 and Beyond

The S&P Kensho Moonshots Index (the Moonshots index) is an innovative strategy that aims to gain exposure to the most innovative companies in their early stages of growth.1 Our earlier publication2 showcased the ability of the Moonshots index to harvest the premium of early-stage innovation companies versus their more established counterparts. Innovation as a theme…

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Jan 13, 2022

S&P 500 Twitter Sentiment Indices: Factor Analysis

We previously introduced the S&P 500 Twitter Sentiment Indices and analyzed their performance characteristics. We noted how the indices seek to capture the Tweet-based sentiment premium, with their differentiated performance being driven by differences in index construction and sector weighting. In this blog, we will examine their exposure to standard risk factors and analyze their…

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Jan 10, 2022

S&P 500 Twitter Sentiment Indices: Performance Characteristics

In a previous blog, we introduced the S&P 500® Twitter Sentiment Index and the S&P 500 Twitter Sentiment Select Equal Weight (EW) Index, highlighting their objective and construction. At the core of these indices is a model-based sentiment score that captures the direction and magnitude of the sentiment associated with a given company. S&P DJI…

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Dec 17, 2021

Be Careful What You Wish For

The Canadian equity market has had an exceptional 2021. One of the distinctive quirks of low volatility indices is that their relative performance typically suffers when their absolute performance is at its best, a pattern that we saw again this year. The S&P/TSX Composite Index was up an impressive 22.0% YTD through Dec. 16, 2021….

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Nov 19, 2021

Information Technology Has Evolved to Become a Consistent Presence in the S&P 500 Low Volatility Index

Equities in 2021 had a slow start, but as December approaches it looks to be another stellar year. Through Nov. 18, 2021, the S&P 500® was up 27%. For a strategy that is explicitly designed to mitigate risk, the S&P 500 Low Volatility Index’s year-to-date gain of “only” 17% is well within the range of…

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Nov 18, 2021

Introducing the S&P 500 Twitter Sentiment Index Series

We are excited to introduce a new index series utilizing sentiment—the S&P 500® Twitter Sentiment Index Series, which adds another dimension to the way we measure broad U.S. equities. Over the past few years, social media has evolved to encompass commentary about stocks and financial markets. As the technology has improved, these views are now…

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