Total issuance in 1Q’15 came in at USD 49.0 billion (bn) as of March 31, up 2.3% quarter-over-quarter (qoq) from 4Q’14 (USD 47.9bn) and up 22.7% year-over-year (yoy), inclusive of high grade (HG… more
Despite the usual turmoil along the way and ending on a weak note with Greek and Chinese-related turmoil, 2014-15 provided another year of solid returns for investors who were prepared to move beyond… more
Although generating income when yields are at historic lows is not simple, it’s important to look past the short-termism of what investment style is in vogue and seek out the longer-term benefits of any… more
Within global equities, one of the key themes we see emerging in 2015 is a shift in focus of corporate Japan from stockpiling to distributing excess cash. This may awaken income-seekers’ interest in the… more
Our recent Global Equity Forum took place in Australia in April 2015. The purpose of the forum was to share work from our research program with institutional clients and consultants. It was also an opportunity… more
Asset managers’ emphasis on robust service, solutions and advisory capabilities is increasing standards for client service across the industry. During the annual Canadian Institutional Investors Study… more
We show that global asset reallocations of U.S. fund investors obey a strong factor structure, with two factors accounting for more than 90% of the overall variation. The first factor captures switches… more
In some sports, coaches are fond of the maxim that the best offense is a good defense.The rationale, of course, is that even if a team’s offense is having a bad day, good defense can keep the score close… more
Five years ago, S&P Dow Jones Indices published a research paper (Soe and Dash 2010) that examined the return differential between two of the leading U.S. small-cap benchmarks, the S&P SmallCap… more
We study different channels through which well-known benchmark indexes impact asset allocations, capital flows, and asset prices across countries, using unique monthly micro-level data of benchmark compositions… more
For decades, investment portfolios were constructed from a combination of market cap weighted index funds and active funds. Cap weighted index funds can provide a basis for investors to acquire the market… more
Owning individual bonds has its risks and rewards. However, buying a bond entails an unseen transaction cost, which may not always be clear to retail investors. This transaction cost exists because… more
As the economic malaise lingers on and mainstream active managers increasingly fail to deliver on “over-performance” expectations, institutional asset owners are switching to passive in droves. World… more
2014 saw good returns for diversified investors as the global economy continued to grow and monetary conditions remained easy, but a combination of uneven global growth, worries about deflation, plunging… more
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