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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 20, 2021

Active Management: Naughty or Nice?

The history of active investment management is, for the most part, a history of failure and frustration. Most active managers underperform most of the time, and success in one period seems not to predict subsequent success. We have long argued that active underperformance is not coincidental—it happens for identifiable and understandable reasons, and is therefore…

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Dec 2, 2021

Alpha, Omicron: Why?

Over the past week, global financial markets have been roiled by the discovery of the “Omicron” COVID-19 mutation. It’s far too soon to know how much this new variant will impact the world’s economy—but its discovery suggests an interesting thought experiment in, of all things, corporate governance. The experiment is this: suppose Omicron turns out…

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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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Oct 28, 2021

The S&P SmallCap 600 – A Sector-Led Bounce Back

For over 11 years, S&P Dow Jones Indices has been exploring the long-term, persistent outperformance of the S&P SmallCap 600® relative to the Russell 2000. As shown in Exhibit 1, the S&P 600TM has outperformed the Russell 2000 by 1.70% on an annualized basis from Dec. 31, 1994, to Sept. 30, 2021. The S&P 600…

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Sep 30, 2021

Why Benchmarks Matter

I recently had the pleasure of participating in a webinar on the basics of passive management. A portfolio manager in the audience posed an important question which I’ll paraphrase: “If my goal is to earn a return of X%, why is an index’s performance relevant?” Otherwise said, if I want to earn a particular absolute…

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Sep 23, 2021

Global Diversification Trending in India – Time to Notice?

The merit of international diversification seems to have proven itself lately in the context of the Indian market. Over the past year, interest has increased in adding global exposures to local investment portfolios. Global markets offer the potential opportunity to diversify beyond a traditional concentrated focus on local markets. The latest August Global Equity Dashboard…

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Jun 9, 2021

Riding the Value Wave

U.S. equity markets seemed to undergo a fundamental change of direction in September of last year. Exhibit 1 illustrates the shift; our growth indices, which had outperformed value handily through the end of August, have lagged ever since. The spreads between growth and value are even greater when we compute them using our Pure Growth…

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Jun 3, 2021

What Canada Is Missing

Canadian investors have long participated in U.S. equity markets, but are materially underweight in U.S. mid- and small-cap companies. In this respect, Canadians resemble their European counterparts, whose investments in the U.S. rarely range beyond those companies included in the S&P 500®. This underinvestment is surprising for several reasons. European market participants are no stranger…

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