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Jan 18, 2023

Global Islamic Indices Declined Over 20% YTD, Underperforming Conventional Benchmarks in 2022

Global equities partially recovered from the losses accumulated throughout the year by increasing 9.9% during Q4, as measured by the S&P Global BMI, ending 2022 with a loss of 18.2%. Meanwhile, Shariah-compliant benchmarks, including the S&P Global BMI Shariah and Dow Jones Islamic Market (DJIM) World Index, also increased during the quarter, but they underperformed…

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Nov 29, 2022

Transparency, FTX, CeFi and DeFi

By now, the news in early November about the collapse of FTX, one of the largest global cryptocurrency exchanges, is sinking in. At S&P Dow Jones Indices, we often discuss the challenges of the cryptocurrency ecosystem and its risks across multiple dimensions. These include asset-level risks, technology risks, market risks and regulatory risks, as well…

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Nov 1, 2022

Digital Asset Strategies – To Diversify, or Not?

This blog was co-authored by Tyrone Ross and Erik Smith. Over the past 13 years, the cryptocurrency market has reached a cumulative market capitalization in the trillions. As of September 2022, Lukka Enterprise Data has listed 50 cryptocurrency assets with a market capitalization of over USD 1 billion. With an increasing number of investment options…

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Sep 30, 2022

New Crypto Indices Designed for the Asia Market

Cryptocurrencies were designed to be decentralized and borderless, and different regions have different rates of adoption and use. In Asia, a new report by Accenture titled “Digital assets: Unclaimed territory in Asia”1 reported that 52% of affluent investors held digital assets as of Q1 2022, and the percentage was expected to rise to 73% by…

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Sep 6, 2022

Net Zero: Time Is of the Essence

This blog was co-authored by Reid Steadman and Fred Samama. At Glasgow’s COP26, banks, insurers and investors representing USD 130 trillion in private capital made a historic commitment through the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest,1 mirroring government pledges. The question remains how to…

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May 17, 2022

Perspectives on the Current Crypto Slump

I’ll avoid the usual platitudes about the market downturn. Instead, I’d like to focus on how we can better understand the current cryptocurrency market movement by looking at the S&P Cryptocurrency Indices. First, to set the context for the current drawdown, we’ll take a look at the biggest declines in Bitcoin. Then, we’ll take a…

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May 4, 2022

Why a Bitcoin Index

Since the launch of the S&P Cryptocurrency Indices in 2021, we often get asked about the difference between a price (more formally known as a reference rate) and a single-coin index. So, let me unpack this into three questions: What is a reference rate? What is a single-coin index? And especially, why is it different…

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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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Feb 24, 2022

As the UK Targets Net Zero by 2050, the S&P UK PACT Indices Can Too

The UK set goals of reaching net zero targets by 2050; these targets include transitioning to cleaner power and a more sustainable future, securing 440,000 well-paid jobs, and protecting the British consumer from global fossil fuels price spikes.1 The UK equity market certainly has some work to do, given its high weight in carbon-intensive sectors,…

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