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Tag Archives: Kensho

Mar 28, 2022

Face-to-Face with the Metaverse

Metaverse on the Runway to Reality S&P DJI recently launched the S&P Kensho Metaverse Index, which is designed to track the growing group of technologies under the metaverse banner. The origin story of the metaverse can be traced back to a science fiction novel in the early ‘90s. Since then, it has seen many reincarnations…

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Mar 3, 2022

Kensho Correlations

The Wall Street Journal reported that many active managers struggled to outperform the market in 2021. This underperformance is not surprising, as we observed less than ideal prospects last year for active management both in the U.S. and globally. Dispersion and correlation provide convenient lenses through which to analyze stock selection conditions. All else equal,…

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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 10, 2022

Smart Factories to the Supply Rescue

With the global economy ramping up from the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic, labor shortages and supply chain bottlenecks are hampering manufacturers. Fortunately, there is relief on the way. Digitalization is sweeping through manufacturing plants and transforming today’s sleepy mills into the smart factories of tomorrow. The catalysts include several of the technological forces driving…

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Nov 30, 2020

Moonshots: Catching Lightning in a Bottle?

We introduced the S&P Kensho Moonshots Index (the Moonshots index) and its constituent next-generation innovators in our previous blog. An express intent of the index is to identify innovative companies early in their gestation, when the opportunities for rapid growth may be higher. In this blog, we examine how effective the index is at capturing…

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Nov 12, 2020

Measuring Innovation: Essential Insights in an Era of Disruption to the Global Economy

Introducing the S&P Kensho Moonshots Index – Next-Generation Innovators Innovation risk ranks as one of the most significant existential threats faced by companies today. The Fourth Industrial Revolution, and the attendant widespread disruption to the global economy, has significantly amplified an already established trend: accelerating change and the ever-decreasing lifespans of companies, or what the…

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Jul 9, 2020

A Conundrum in a Different Key

Volatility, dispersion, and correlation are elements of what we’ve elsewhere characterized as The Active Manager’s Conundrum. Active managers should prefer: Low volatility, which is typically associated with higher returns High dispersion, which means a larger payoff for correct stock selections High correlation, which reduces the opportunity cost of a concentrated portfolio The conundrum arises because…

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