In September, Stoxx Ltd. launched a dividend-focused index targeting companies from nations in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, a press release said.
In August, S&P Dow Jones Indices said that there was a total of $155 billion in assets attached to its two major families of commodity indexes as of the end of 2012. The index provider calculates and distributes the S&P GSCI and Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index and all the indexes derived from them. The benchmarks are two of the most widely followed commodity indexes in the world, and came under the same umbrella after the merger of Standard & Poor's index operations with Dow Jones Indexes.
NYSE Euronext has made a number of changes to the index family associated with the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, according to two press releases.
In September, MSCI launched a new emerging markets index that excludes Brazil, Russia, India and China.
The MSCI EM Beyond BRIC Index is made up of 17 countries, and excludes the BRIC nations that constitute more than 40 percent of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.
S&P Dow Jones Indices launched a country classification consultation in August seeking feedback from its index users on how 12 specific markets should be classified, with responses required by Oct. 1.
Stoxx Ltd. rolled out alternatively weighted versions of two of its bestknown indexes in late September, according to a press release. The Euro iStoxx 50 SD-KPI and iStoxx Europe 50 SD-KPI indexes over- or underweight the components of the Euro Stoxx 50 and Stoxx Europe 50 according to their scores in a sustainability evaluation. The parent indexes are both weighted by market capitalization.
MSCI launched two indexes that cover Europe in September; the benchmarks are members of the MSCI Market Neutral Barra Factor index family and offer exposure to the momentum and volatility Barra style factors, the press release said.
NYSE Euronext rolled out a multiasset-class index in mid-September that focuses on income-generating securities, a press release said.
GemShares, the new fund sponsor looking to bring to market a diamond ETF, is working to produce a diamond index with Nasdaq OMX to create an investable benchmark for exchange-traded products, including, no doubt, the very diamond ETF GemShares itself put into registration in April.