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Global SmallCap Select Index Series Launched

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S&P Dow Jones Indices Launches Global SmallCap Select Index Series
New Indices Designed to Improve Long-term Risk Adjusted Performance of SmallCaps

NEW YORK, JAN 9, 2019: S&P Dow Jones Indices (“S&P DJI”), the world’s leading index provider, today announced the launch of 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.

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

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.

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,” said Michael Orzano, Senior Director, Global Equity Indices at S&P Dow Jones Indices, “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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