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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 22, 2024

2023 Market Review for Asian Investors

There are potential diversification benefits for Asian investors who incorporate U.S. equities to alleviate their tendency for a home country bias. Representing nearly 60% of the global equity market, as measured by the S&P Global BMI, U.S. equities provide a larger opportunity set outside of Asia, along with potential diversification due to different economic structures…

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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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Dec 6, 2023

Happy Days for How Long?

With less than a month left to go to close out the year, it’s a good time to reflect on the highs and lows that market participants have experienced. While the year began with a rocky start due to the Silicon Valley Bank collapse, the market continued to power forward, stumbling in Q3 as 10-year…

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Dec 6, 2023

Who’s Naughty and Nice

At this time of year, my 9 year old excitedly polishes his boots so that, according to Hungarian tradition, Santa can fill them with sweets and toys during the night between December 5 and 6 (yes, he does arrive a few weeks early in Central Europe). Just like in years past, I am sure he…

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Nov 28, 2023

The Gold Standard of Indices Meet’s Today’s Technology

Meet the S&P 500 FC Index, an innovative index designed to adjust allocations based on intraday volatility signals as it seeks to increase stability, limit exposure to drawdowns, while optimizing exposure to the S&P 500 via BofA’s Fast Convergence technology.

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Nov 20, 2023

An Elevating Effect on Equal Weight?

The trouncing of smaller caps by mega-cap stocks has been one of the hallmark market themes of this year, with the S&P 500® Top 50 outpacing the S&P SmallCap 600® by 30% YTD.1 As a result of its inherent small-cap bias, the S&P 500 Equal Weight Index (EWI) has suffered accordingly, underperforming the S&P 500…

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Nov 9, 2023

The Magnificent Seven: A Taxing Question

“The Magnificent Seven” term has transcended its cinematic roots to become the collective moniker for a select group of U.S. mega-cap stocks responsible for over 90% of the S&P 500®’s YTD gains to October’s end. Their stellar performance has, naturally, elevated their valuations. It has also increased their already-hefty collective weight in the equity benchmark….

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Oct 4, 2023

Active Success: Still Elusive

Anyone even vaguely conversant with our SPIVA® Scorecards will realize that most active managers underperform passive benchmarks most of the time. This result is robust across geographies and across time, and is reflected in our recently issued mid-year 2023 report for the U.S. market. Although the scorecard covers 39 categories of equity and fixed income…

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Sep 27, 2023

Exploring the Case for Global Diversification in the Middle East

What’s the role of global diversification in the Middle East? S&P DJI’s John Welling and Chimera Capital’s Sherif Salem join Dubai Financial Markets’ Eric Salomons for a closer look at the growing role of passive investing in the Middle East and how investors are using indices to inform allocations.

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