Why Custom Indices?
Expertise & Experience
We calculate over 10,000 custom headline indices for more than 150 clients around the world. All of these indices are managed with the same rigorous processes and robust infrastructure used to calculate our flagship indices.
The S&P Dow Jones Indices name is widely associated with quality, integrity, and transparency. This brand equity can be leveraged through the “Calculated by S&P Dow Jones Indices” mark, which is made available to all custom index clients.
Our index and constituent database spans all major asset classes and covers more than 33,000 securities in 96 countries.
A dedicated custom team supports our clients globally. We provide “follow the sun” coverage with representatives in Beijing, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Amsterdam, London, New York, and Mexico City.
The "Calculated by S&P Dow Jones Indices” mark is a powerful communication tool that allows our custom index clients to convey that their indices are calculated and/or administered by S&P Dow Jones Indices.
Custom Calculation Applications
- Custom Slice & Dice
- Client Proprietary
- Benchmark Administration
Custom Index Spectrum
Custom Slice & Dice
Slice & Dice indices are customized versions of existing S&P DJI indices that follow straightforward, rule-based approaches. For example, they may exclude a specific sector or stocks of certain size range, or may be calculated using a different weighting scheme. These indices are sponsored and governed by S&P DJI.Access our Custom Slice & Dice indices
Our Client Proprietary indices are created using clients’ intellectual property, and carry the client’s brand. They may be derived from a custom universe of securities, or from an S&P DJI branded index.see our client directory
Indices for which we are benchmark administrator. These indices are subject to our Index governance and methodology oversight through a dedicated custom index committeesee our client directory
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What is a custom index?
A custom index is a tailor-made solution designed to suit clients’ unique mandates or investment strategies. Clients have the opportunity to either modify an existing S&P Dow Jones index or create an entirely new index based on their specific requirements.
How is a custom index created?
The following steps are used when creating a new custom index:
Assess client’s index methodology and requirements. We work with each client to ensure that the methodology chosen for a custom index closely matches the underlying strategy and stated objectives.
Index launch. Once the methodology is approved, the index moves onto the “fast track” and is prepared to launch on the date designated by the client.
Index dissemination. We work with a wide selection of third-party data vendors and financial information publishers to deliver data for a client’s custom index to global or regional markets via FTP in a flat file format.
Which asset classes are best suited to creating custom indices?
Custom indices are available across a variety of asset classes, including but not limited to equities, commodities, and fixed income.