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May 30 2017

TalkingPoints: Don’t Get Mad About Rising Inflation in Brazil and Mexico, Get Even With Real Assets

Given that Brazil is one of the largest producers of certain commodities in agriculture, livestock, and energy, market participants may benefit by having a gauge of price movements locally.

Apr 21 2017

Talking Points - Commodity Trends Boost Leveraged and Inverse Indices

In the world of declining commodity prices following the global financial crisis, inverse indices became popular for market participants looking to profit from the negative returns.

Sep 15 2016

TalkingPoints: How Market Participants Found Light With Commodity Indices in a Dark Decade

To many market participants, it may seem like a “lost decade” for passive commodity indexing. After all, the most widely-recognized passive commodity index, the S&P GSCI (TR), lost about 10% annualized over the past 10 years. It is not the most impressive statistic, and what is worse is that the drop was not from a one-time crisis event. It was the result of an ongoing saga of dismal fundamental factors like slowing Chinese demand growth and an oversupply of oil from OPEC and U.S. producers, in conjunction with a range of unfavorable macro factors like a strong U.S. dollar, low interest rates, low inflation, and low growth. However, as with all crises, opportunities arise.

Sep 13 2016

TalkingPoints: S&P Leverage and Inverse Indices

Read more about the S&P Leverage and Inverse Indices and how they can be a useful benchmark for leverage and inverse products.

Sep 09 2016

Drilling Down Commodities

Coupled with the fact that commodities are the basic ingredients that build society, commodities are a unique asset class and should be treated as such.

May 11 2016

Exploring the Road to Inflation Protection When Energy Fails

The following analysis shows how real assets may provide inflation protection and affect portfolio diversification in different markets around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the Eurozone, Japan, Mexico and South Korea.

Jan 18 2016

Let’s Get Real About Indexing Real Assets

The S&P Real Assets Index gives investors an innovative yet simple tool that may improve diversification and inflation protection while meeting the risk requirements of today.

Sep 16 2015

TalkingPoints: The Oil Effect

Dig deeper into the economic effects and potential opportunities surrounding recent drops in oil.

Sep 10 2014

Weighing in on the Dow Jones Commodity Index and the S&P GSCI®

The two flagship commodity indices, the S&P GSCI and the Dow Jones Commodity Index (DJCI), employ similar index construction methodologies, with weighting as the main difference between them.

Apr 24 2013

Practice Essentials - Understanding Commodities and the S&P GSCI®

This Practice Essentials paper focuses on understanding commodities as an asset class as well as the S&P GSCI® a preeminent measure of a basket of commonly traded commodities futures contracts.

May 31 2012

Practice Essentials - Accessing Real Assets through Equities

S&P Practice Essentials Series is a curriculum based, educational program covering selected financial markets, asset classes and indexing concepts.

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