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Jan 26, 2024

S&P DJI’s Global Islamic Equity Benchmarks Surged Nearly 12% in the Final Quarter, Outperforming Conventional Benchmarks in 2023

Global equities witnessed a strong Q4 2023 as slowing inflation and the potential for lower interest rates improved market sentiment drastically. The S&P Global BMI rallied 11.4% for the quarter, finishing the year with an impressive 21.9% return. Middle East and North Africa (MENA) equities rose 6.4% in Q4, as measured by the S&P Pan…

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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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Nov 27, 2023

The November 2023 Rebalance of the S&P 500 Low Volatility Index

The S&P 500® continued its strong performance this year after posting a 9.8% gain in a span of less than three weeks from Oct. 30 to Nov. 17, 2023. During this period, the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield dropped approximately 45 bps1 and October’s year-over-year headline CPI inflation cooled to 3.2%.2 As Exhibit 1 shows, since…

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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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Aug 30, 2023

S&P 500 Low Volatility Index August 2023 Rebalance

The S&P 500® performed well from the last rebalance for the S&P 500 Low Volatility Index on May 19, 2023, through the most recent rebalance on Aug. 18, 2023. As Exhibit 1 shows, the S&P 500 was up 4.7% during this period versus a decline of 1.5% for the S&P 500 Low Volatility Index. This…

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Aug 8, 2023

Balancing Defense with Growth: The S&P Quality Indices

Thus far this year, about two-thirds of the S&P 500®’s rally has been driven by growth stocks and the so-called “Magnificent Seven” tech stocks. While the quality factor is traditionally viewed as defensive, it has kept pace with the market while many other factor strategies have underperformed (see Exhibit 1). Part of the reason for…

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Jul 19, 2023

Global Islamic Indices Gained over 7.5% in Q2 2023, Outperforming Conventional Benchmarks YTD

Global equities ended the second quarter of the year with a gain of 6.0%, as measured by the S&P Global BMI, accumulating gains of 13.4% YTD. Shariah-compliant benchmark returns, including the S&P Global BMI Shariah and Dow Jones Islamic Market (DJIM) World Index, outperformed their conventional counterparts by about 1.5% during the quarter, building on…

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Jul 13, 2023

S&P/ASX All Technology Index Boosted by Tech Turnaround

Following a poor 2022, the Information Technology sector has proven itself to be the outstanding performer in Australian equities in 2023. Despite rising interest rates, higher bond yields and weakening consumer confidence, market participants have still seen value in the Tech sector thus far in 2023. Tech’s turnaround has benefited the S&P/ASX All Technology Index,…

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Jul 12, 2023

Towering Tech

The performance of large-cap Technology stocks so far this year has been exceptional, with the S&P 500® Information Technology sector outperforming the S&P 500 by 26% over the six-month period ending June 30, 2023—the 97th percentile of all observations in our database. Tech’s outperformance, driven by mega-cap strength, has been especially notable because of its…

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Jun 8, 2023

S&P 500 Low Volatility Index May 2023 Rebalance

Since the last rebalance for the S&P 500® Low Volatility Index on Feb. 17, 2023, the S&P 500 finished up 3.2% despite briefly dropping in mid-March during the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. Exhibit 1 shows that during this period, the S&P 500 Low Volatility Index underperformed the S&P 500 by 4.3%. This divergence is…

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