Index of the Year Awarded to the index that has done the most to provide new ways of considering investment strategies, opportunities or ideas.
Bloomberg Dollar Spot: Bloomberg identified a need for trade-weighted currency indexes, and launched the first commercial cap-weighted currency index.
FTSE Beyond BRIC: FTSE imagined new ways to draw distinctions within the emerging markets arena, maintaining its commitment to cap-weighting, and including the frontier markets.
MSCI Emerging Market IMI: This index vaulted to prominence when iShares launched IEMG in 2012, giving EM investors a straightforward, accessible way to invest in the full EM market-cap spectrum. It gained traction in 2013 as investors realized the value of adding small-caps to their EM exposure.
MSCI World with EM Exposure: MSCI’s economic exposure series go a long way toward clarifying sources of risk and return by revenue and business exposure, allowing users to make country-by-country investments with greater precision than they could using country of incorporation or country of listing.
S&P 500 Stock Covered Call: This is the first buy-write index that actually mimics the behavior of covered-call writers who are looking to generate income in exchange for some, but not all, of their holdings’ upside.