S&P Dow Jones Indices Adds to Factor-Based Offering

Index provider S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC publicly launched the S&P Japan 500 GIVI Index, providing institutional investors access to multi-factor measures mixing intrinsic value with low volatility. GIVI stands for Global Intrinsic Value Index. Smart beta or factor-based strategies are gaining traction among large Asian institutional investors. In 2014, Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), the largest public pension fund in world by assets under management, adopted S&P GIVI Japan Index as one of their performance benchmarks. The once plush business model of stock pickers is under attack from factor-based strategies. Nearly all the major investment managers, such as State Street Global Advisors, Northern Trust, BlackRock, have created products for these beta-like strategies.

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