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Tag Archives: Healthcare

Feb 9, 2024

2024 World Economic Forum: Key Themes to Watch

The author would like to thank Vidushan Ragukaran and Ari Rajendra for their contributions to this blog.   The 2024 World Economic Forum (WEF) that took place at Davos-Klosters in mid-January attracted over 60 heads of state and government leaders. There was a consistent emphasis on AI and cybersecurity risk governance, a renewed focus on…


May 26, 2020

Sector Spotlight: Healthcare in India

Is Healthcare providing a potential opportunity for Indian investors? Explore recent sector performance with S&P DJI’s Koel Ghosh and see how India’s Healthcare sector stacks up to broader markets.


Apr 2, 2018

Small Caps Rebound Big in March

The first quarter of 2018 will be remembered as the quarter that ended the 9 quarter winning streak for the S&P 500 (TR).  As the volatility rose, the market went from posting its best January since 1997, up 5.7%, to losing 3.7% in February, its first monthly loss in 15 months.  February wasn’t only bad…


Mar 28, 2018

What’s In A Sector?

Following an index announcement stating Nektar (NKTR) among other stocks would be moving to the S&P 500 prior to the open on March 19, 2018, an inquiry came in about the index impact of NKTR on the S&P SmallCap 600 Health Care Index performance.   Given the stock rose over 70% in 2018, it seemed reasonable to…


Apr 10, 2017

Alaska Healthcare Profiled

According to an April 6, 2017, CNN story titled “High-cost Alaska sits in the eye of health care reform storm,” Alaska currently has the highest healthcare costs of any U.S. state.[1]  In this first profile edition, we look at the state of Alaska and compare just how different the cost profile is for people living…


Dec 22, 2016

Employer Self-Insured Trends Still Moving Upward

According to the S&P Healthcare Claims Indices, employers should be cautious about getting comfortable with trends in the 4.5%-5% range.  While the most recent data indicates that trends dropped from almost 5% in June 2016 to around 4.5% in July 2016, the overall movement of the trend is still upward.  The S&P National Medical Healthcare…


Nov 4, 2016

Latest Healthcare Cost Analysis Shows Individual Market Trends in Line With Employer Trends! – Part 2

In our last post, we talked about how individual line of business costs have come back in line with employer healthcare costs (see Exhibit 1).  In that piece, we discussed that one possible reason for this could be that individuals buying insurance for the first time under the new provisions of the Affordable Care Act…


Oct 27, 2016

Latest Healthcare Cost Analysis Shows Individual Market Trends in Line With Employer Trends! – Part 1

There are many in the healthcare market who have speculated that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was doomed to fail due to high-cost individuals with pre-existing conditions driving up the average cost of care, while the healthy population that needed to support the cost of care for the sick remained on the sidelines with little-to-no…


Apr 28, 2016

Are employers’ efforts to control healthcare costs futile?

The question for the future of the private insurance system is this: are employers’ efforts to control healthcare costs futile?  Recent data from the S&P Healthcare Claims Indices would suggest that this may actually be the case.  According to the indices, costs for self-insured employers, known as Administrative Services Only (ASO) in the healthcare industry,…


Mar 31, 2016

Has the ACA Achieved its Goal of Significantly Increasing Enrollment While Making Healthcare Coverage More Affordable? Part 2

In part 2 of this blog series, we will look at the effect the 25%+ increase in new membership related to the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) has had on costs.  From the time of the initial drafting of the ACA rules, there was concern that the new enrollees in the individual insurance market would…


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