S&P Dow Jones Indices launches new index
The Global SmallCap Select Index Series aims to improve the long-term risk adjusted performance of smallcaps and includes earnings eligibility criteria to fulfill this aim
11 Jan 2019 | The Asset

S&P Dow Jones Indices ("S&P DJI"), one of the world's leading index providers, has launched the S&P Global SmallCap Select Index Series, which seeks to mitigate risks in global small-caps by excluding companies without a consistent track-record of positive earnings.

Each index is weighted by float market capitalization, and is a subset of the small-cap segment of the S&P Global BMI (Broad Market Index), except for the S&P/ASX Small Ordinaries Select which is built from the S&P/ASX Small Ordinaries. In order to be eligible for inclusion, companies must post two consecutive years of positive earnings per share.

The Index Series currently includes the following regional indices:

· S&P Global SmallCap Select

· S&P Global ex-U.S. SmallCap Select

· S&P Developed ex-U.S. SmallCap Select

· S&P Emerging SmallCap Select

· S&P/ASX Small Ordinaries Select

With the exception of the S&P/ASX Small Ordinaries Select, the regional indices are based on methodology that excludes the smallest and least liquid 20% of companies within each country by their float market caps and median daily values traded in order to improve the replicability of the indices. The new indices are rebalanced semi-annually.

"Extensive research on U.S. small-cap benchmarks show indices that incorporate earnings eligibility criteria, such as the S&P SmallCap 600, have outperformed other small-cap benchmarks over the long-run. This new index series extends this innovative framework to global equity markets where we have found a similar impact," says Michael Orzano, senior director, global equity indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Orzano suggests focusing on companies that have generated positive earnings has historically provided better long-term total returns with less volatility in global small-caps.

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