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Tag Archives: U.S. Equities

Feb 7, 2023

Balancing the Scales in U.K. Equity with the S&P 500

Our recent paper Why Does the S&P 500® Matter to the U.K.? argues that the S&P 500 presents an opportunity for U.K. investors to diversify their revenue exposure and sector weights across geographies. Since British investors typically suffer from a substantial home bias, such diversification presents an opportunity to improve the risk/return profile of a…

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Jan 27, 2023

GICS Changes Are Approaching

After the close on March 17, 2023, changes to the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®) structure will go into effect in GICS Direct and in S&P DJI’s indices. These changes will affect most sectors and will change what it means to be sector neutral. For example, Exhibit 1 compares the S&P 500 sector weights at…

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Jan 26, 2023

Building a Passive Bridge across the Pond

At over 300 years old, the British government bond and stock markets are among the world’s oldest. They are also among the largest globally; ranked by float-adjusted market capitalization, the U.K. gilt market and U.K. stock market are the fourth and third biggest, respectively. The British investment industry has existed for centuries, with the country’s…

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Jan 19, 2023

Examining Tactical Approaches to Sectors

Why does sector dispersion matter and how can it inform tactical approaches to sectors? S&P DJI’s Elizabeth Bebb and Invesco’s András Vig explore how sector dispersion can impact long-term asset allocations.

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Jan 17, 2023

Style, Size, and Skewness

Two of the biggest reversals of 2022 compared to 2021 were the outperformance of smaller caps and the outperformance of value compared to growth. Both of these factors helped drive the S&P 500® Equal Weight Index’s recovery last year, as well as a decline in market concentration. As sector and style exposures are not independent,…

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Jan 17, 2023

Understanding an Icon: 30 Years of Indexing the S&P 500

How has the adoption of passive investing grown since the first U.S. ETF on the S&P 500 launched 30 years ago? S&P DJI’s Tim Edwards and Elizabeth Bebb join SPDR ETF’s Rebecca Chesworth to discuss the global role of the S&P 500.  

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Jan 17, 2023

When the Winds Change

“Change is the investor’s only certainty.” Thomas Rowe Price, Jr. 2022 marked several major changes in market trends amid a substantial shift in global macroeconomic regimes. After historic levels of stimulus, multi-decade highs in inflation across several major economies led to monetary tightening. This shift weighed on asset classes in many regions, and traditional routes…

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Jan 16, 2023

Contextualizing Style Shifts

The S&P U.S. Style Indices are designed to provide broad and exhaustive exposure to the market’s value and growth segments. Our index methodology bifurcates a parent index’s market capitalization into roughly equal portions on the third Friday in December, using six measures shown in Exhibit 1.  Although the composition of style indices changes every year,…

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Jan 11, 2023

A Spider Spins a SPIVA Special

Thirty years ago, Bill Clinton was getting ready for his inauguration as the 42nd U.S. president, the S&P 500® closed a little over 430 and the latest edition of Business Week was trumpeting that 1993 would be “The Year of Picking Wisely” in the stock market. Meanwhile, a different kind of security was about to…

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Jan 11, 2023

Style Chicken or Sectoral Egg?

Anyone who has perused our S&P 500® Factor Dashboard for December 2022 (and it’s a shame if you have not) will recognize Exhibit 1 below. The horizontal axis represents the difference between the weighted average value and growth scores (at the beginning of 2022) for each of the 17 factor indices in our dashboard, while…

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