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May 17, 2022

The (Re)Balancing Act of the S&P 500 ESG Index

It is that time of year yet again: the seasons are changing, spring is in the air and the S&P 500® ESG Index has undergone its fourth annual rebalance. Just as it has in years past, the changes of the 2022 rebalance reflect the delicate balancing act of providing for broad-based market exposure but with…

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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 9, 2022

Parsing Persistence

Similar to active managers, who attempt to identify stocks with above-average performance, investors who use active funds aim to identify managers who will outperform their peers. Our SPIVA® Scorecards consistently show that most active managers underperform most of the time. But not all funds, and not all the time. How might such outperforming funds be…

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Mar 31, 2022

A Streamlined Approach to Multi-Asset with the S&P Target Risk Indices

Multi-asset strategies have been getting more attention the last few years from market participants seeking pre-packaged solutions to diversification. As more strategies evolve to be increasingly complex, including black-box allocation algorithms, multiple signals, and 10 or more components, we felt it was time to highlight a simpler, transparent index-based approach. The S&P Target Risk Indices…

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Mar 30, 2022

Beyond Bitcoin: Increasing Accessibility through a Digital Assets Classification System

In part one of the Beyond Bitcoin series, we introduced the importance of applying a sector classification system to the emerging digital assets asset class. We examined what it looks like for an investor to expand their view of the digital assets markets beyond the oft-cited mega-cap assets (such as Bitcoin and Ethereum) and discussed…

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Mar 29, 2022

Green Pools: Evolving ESG Trading Ecosystems

Compared to the wide range of liquid, tradable instruments associated to more traditional benchmarks like the S&P 500®, the trading ecosystem of ESG-based investment products is still in its infancy. But, with the increased volume in listed futures linked to the S&P 500 ESG Index and S&P Europe 350® ESG Index, change is afoot. Of…

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Mar 23, 2022

Beyond Bitcoin: Why Digital Assets Need a Classification System

A few weeks ago, after communicating that I would be pivoting my career into the digital assets space and focusing on data, a long-time friend asked me, “Oh, you mean working with cryptocurrencies and helping people manage their bitcoins?” I paused and then explained that there is more to the digital assets markets than Bitcoin,…

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Mar 18, 2022

Rising Rate Reflections

The Federal Open Market Committee voted to raise the Federal Funds rate by 25 bps on March 16, 2022. This move was well telegraphed and not at all surprising—but that doesn’t mean that we won’t hear concerns about how rising rates will impact equity returns. Finance theory teaches us that, other things equal, rising interest…

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Mar 3, 2022

Kensho Correlations

The Wall Street Journal reported that many active managers struggled to outperform the market in 2021. This underperformance is not surprising, as we observed less than ideal prospects last year for active management both in the U.S. and globally. Dispersion and correlation provide convenient lenses through which to analyze stock selection conditions. All else equal,…

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Feb 22, 2022

Moonshots: A Proposition for 2022 and Beyond

The S&P Kensho Moonshots Index (the Moonshots index) is an innovative strategy that aims to gain exposure to the most innovative companies in their early stages of growth.1 Our earlier publication2 showcased the ability of the Moonshots index to harvest the premium of early-stage innovation companies versus their more established counterparts. Innovation as a theme…

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