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Dec 5, 2022

Diversification Beyond Borders

Academic theorists often assert the decision of where to invest as more important than the decision of what to invest in. Studies suggest that up to 90% of investment returns are attributable to location. Regional equity indices represent different combinations of geographic and sector exposure. These differences can potentially improve the diversification benefits available when…

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Dec 1, 2022

Introducing the S&P Focused Indices

The growth of index-based passive investing can be attributed to its transparency, efficiency and low cost, along with active management shortcomings. More recently, buoyed by the growth of direct indexing, there has also been increased demand for indices that select a subset of constituents from underlying benchmarks and are designed to meet specified objectives. S&P…

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Nov 28, 2022

What Is SPIVA? A Closer Look at 20 Years of the Active vs. Passive Debate

Explore key takeaways from two decades of the Active vs. Passive debate as S&P DJI’s Tim Edwards and Benedek Vörös pull back the curtain on the SPIVA Scorecard and examine how active managers stack up to their benchmarks.

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Nov 21, 2022

A Stalwart Delivers

U.S. equities struggled again in the past three months. The last rebalance for the S&P 500® Low Volatility Index was in August 2022 and the S&P 500 has since declined 7.0%. The S&P 500 Low Volatility Index, which has historically moderated the performance of the benchmark, lost 5.1% in the same period. For the entirety…

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Nov 10, 2022

Examining Equal Weight

In this tumultuous market characterized by Fed rate hikes, elevated inflation and a strong dollar, mega-cap growth companies have suffered heavy losses, paced by recent “Big Tech” earnings disappointments from Meta, Microsoft, Alphabet, Amazon and others. The S&P 500® Top 50 declined by 19% over the past 12 months, underperforming the S&P 500 by 5%….

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Nov 9, 2022

Watch Your Weighting Scheme

2022 has witnessed a recalibration across financial markets, as investors have digested the impact of higher interest rates amid elevated inflation. Despite bouts of optimism that the U.S. Federal Reserve would take a more dovish stance, and better-than-expected corporate earnings, Exhibit 1 shows that the vast majority of large-, mid- and small-cap indices declined through…

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Oct 28, 2022

Why Core Construction Matters

Look inside the S&P 1500 and its core components as S&P DJI’s Hamish Preston explores the performance of Equal Weight and sector indices, as well as highlighting how positive earnings can influence performance.

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Oct 24, 2022

Refining the Quality Metrics

Introduction High-quality companies have always been appealing to investors. In fact, quality equity investing was documented as early as 1949 by Benjamin Graham in his original publication of The Intelligent Investor.1 Despite a wide range of definitions for what constitutes a high-quality company, characteristics such as profitability, competitive position, earnings quality, corporate governance and modest…

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Oct 21, 2022

Why Are U.S. Equities and the Real Estate Sector Relevant to the Chilean Market?

U.S. Equities’ Predominance U.S. equities represent 59.1% of the total global equity market in terms of float market capitalization (FMC) and at least 50% of the weight in 8 of the 11 GICS sectors globally. Given trends and narratives, U.S. equities seem to have an outsized role in explaining performance globally and may help investors…

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Oct 18, 2022

Despite a Bumpy Start to 2022, Latin America Outperforms Most Global Markets in Q3 and YTD

What a year it is turning out to be for Latin American equities. Despite the turbulence of the past three quarters, Latin America has been resilient. As shown in Exhibit 1, the S&P 500® and S&P Emerging BMI have declined in every quarter of 2022 and have lost more than 20% each YTD as of…

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