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May 22, 2024

Tracking the Sustainable Core: 5 Years of S&P 500 ESG

What does the S&P 500 ESG Index ecosystem look like today and how is that benefiting market participants? S&P DJI’s Hamish Preston and DWS’ David Stack explore key takeaways from the first five years of the S&P 500 ESG Index.

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Apr 11, 2024

A Long-Term Look at S&P 500 Equal Weight Index

How have S&P 500 Equal Weight Index’s exposures informed its performance over time? S&P DJI’s Hamish Preston and Invesco’s Nick Kalivas look under the hood at the features influencing S&P 500 EWI’s risk/return and explore what its expanding ecosystem, including sectors and futures could mean for its range of potential applications moving forward.  

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Feb 8, 2024

S&P 500 Highs Keep Coming

The S&P 500® closed at another record high today, marking the ninth all-time high closing price level so far this year. Although all-time highs are not unprecedented—2024 is the 41st year since 1957 to host a new high—a few observations stand out when looking at this year’s records. First, January 2024 saw the end of…

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Jan 10, 2024

The Relative Value of Insights

Many investors use the start of the year to make predictions for the upcoming year and to think about ways to express views on these themes. This undertaking is not guaranteed to add value: predicting the future is incredibly difficult and success requires correctly predicting both the drivers of future performance and the upcoming impact…

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Oct 6, 2023

Why Do U.S. Mid-Cap Equities Matter?

Take a deep dive into the S&P MidCap 400 as S&P DJI’s Hamish Preston and Sherifa Issifu explore what makes the S&P 400 relevant globally and the distinctive sector and risk/return characteristics of this slice of the U.S. equity market.

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May 1, 2023

Lessons from 20 Years of Equal Weight

How has equal-weight compared with cap-weight historically? S&P DJI’s Hamish Preston and Invesco’s Nick Kalivas explore how differences in index construction have influenced index performance, sector and factor composition, and results in the latest SPIVA Scorecards.

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Apr 26, 2023

Equally Weighting within Sectors: Impact and Potential Applications

The outperformance of equal weight indices is well documented, especially for the S&P 500® Equal Weight Index’s 20 years of live history. Equal Weight’s relative returns reflect the impact of several important index characteristics. For example, smaller-size exposure and (anti-) momentum effects together account for around 75% of the historical variation of its relative returns….

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Mar 28, 2023

What Drives S&P 500 Rebalance Turnover?

The S&P 500® undergoes quarterly updates—more colloquially known as rebalances—after the close of the third Friday in March, June, September and December. These updates typically affect the S&P 500’s composition and have turnover implications for investors tracking the index. For example, Exhibit 1 shows the S&P 500 turnover at each rebalance between March 1995 and…

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Jan 27, 2023

GICS Changes Are Approaching

After the close on March 17, 2023, changes to the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®) structure will go into effect in GICS Direct and in S&P DJI’s indices. These changes will affect most sectors and will change what it means to be sector neutral. For example, Exhibit 1 compares the S&P 500 sector weights at…

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Jan 16, 2023

Contextualizing Style Shifts

The S&P U.S. Style Indices are designed to provide broad and exhaustive exposure to the market’s value and growth segments. Our index methodology bifurcates a parent index’s market capitalization into roughly equal portions on the third Friday in December, using six measures shown in Exhibit 1.  Although the composition of style indices changes every year,…

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