1) LOW VOLATILITY INDICES: Why Less Can Be More > Like cars, some stocks can offer smoother rides than others. These stocks are the foundation of low volatility indices, which can offer cautious investors some peace of mind, especially when market terrain gets rough. While they’re designed to take some of the sting out of bear markets, these indices have also proven their ability to offer gains in bull markets.
2) Limiting Risk, Not Returns When the market outlook is far from certain, limiting downside risk is obviously important. Low volatility indices can help to minimize downside risk by avoiding highly volatile stocks and favoring those that have exhibited more stable performance. These indices not only tend to protect investors from steep declines, but also allow them to participate in the upside, as shown in the chart below. They also tend to offer higher dividend yields than their benchmarks. PERFORMANCE OF THE S&P 500 LOW VOLATILITY INDEX™ AND THE S&P 500® S&P 500 S&P 500 Low Volatility Index 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% -10% -20% -30% -40% -50% 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices. Data as of March 31, 2014. Charts and tables are provided for illustrative purposes. This chart reflects hypothetical historical performance. Please see the Performance Disclosure at the end of this document for more information regarding the inherent limitations associated with back-tested performance. FEATURED LOW VOLATILITY INDICES: S&P 500 Low Volatility Index S&P Europe 350® Low Volatility Index S&P BMI Emerging Markets Low Volatility Index S&P BMI International Developed Low Volatility Index S&P Pan Asia Low Volatility Index
3) In fact, low volatility indices have actually shown a tendency to outperform their benchmarks over mid- to long-term periods on a risk-adjusted basis, as shown below. This well-documented phenomenon is known as the “low volatility anomaly” because it runs counter to traditional investment theories. Whether you’re investing in the U.S., Europe, Asia, emerging or developed markets, this trend holds, showing that lower risk doesn’t have to mean lower returns. ANNUALIZED RETURNS AND ANNUALIZED RISK OF THE S&P 500 LOW VOLATILITY INDEX AND S&P 500 S&P 500 LOW VOLATILITY INDEX TR (%) 12.79 21.86 15.95 14.66 5 Years 19.14 21.16 10 Years 9.01 7.42 15 Years 9.11 4.46 20 Years 10.95 9.53 3 Years Std Dev 9.02 12.47 5 Years Std Dev 9.22 13.99 10 Years Std Dev 10.41 14.71 15 Years Std Dev 11.58 15.48 20 Years Std Dev Annualized Risk 1 Year 3 Years Annualized Returns S&P 500 TR (%) 11.44 15.20 Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices. Data as of March 31, 2014. Charts and tables are provided for illustrative purposes. This chart reflects hypothetical historical performance. Please see the Performance Disclosure at the end of this document for more information regarding the inherent limitations associated with back-tested performance. Why Select our Low Volatility Indices? Since its launch in 2011, the S&P 500 Low Volatility Index has attracted widespread attention, owing to its easily comprehensible, transparent approach to measuring large-cap low volatility stocks. In 2012, the index was named the William F. Sharpe Indexing Product of the Year, a distinction awarded to the year’s most influential index. In response to investor demand, we expanded our range of low volatility offerings to cover European, Asian, and emerging and developed markets. All of these indices are comprehensible and transparent, enabling you to understand what’s in your index and why it’s there. Our low volatility indices are designed to measure the performance of the least-volatile stocks within their respective regions. Volatility is defined as the standard deviation of a security’s daily price returns over the prior 252 trading days. Over mid- to long-term periods, all of the featured indices outperformed their respective benchmarks on a risk-adjusted basis. How someone uses a low volatility index depends on a number of factors, including their risk tolerance and market outlook. A low volatility index may be appealing to those who wish to maintain equity exposure but limit risk or those who are interested in increasing equity exposure without increasing risk.
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