S&P Indices & TMX Group launch S&P/TSX Composite Equal Weight Index for the Canadian market

S&P Indices & TMX Group launch S&P/TSX Composite Equal Weight Index for the Canadian market

28/10/2011

S&P Indices and TMX announced today the launch of an Equal Weight version of the S&P/TSX Composite Index providing Canadian investors with a new and innovative approach to tracking the performance of the principal broad-based index for the Canadian market.

"The S&P/TSX Composite Equal Weight Index is designed to meet clients' needs for benchmarking strategies that require a size-neutral index compatible with the S&P/TSX Composite Index. An equally weighted index provides investors with a tool that will enable size, style, and sector comparison," says Abigail Etches, Director at S&P Indices.
 
The S&P/TSX Composite Equal Weight Index is the headline index in the S&P/TSX Equal Weight Index Family. In 2009, S&P Indices introduced the S&P/TSX Equal Weight Indices, which are made up of a series of equal weighted headline and industry indices. The index calculations are determined according to the divisor-based methodology applied to the S&P/TSX Indices.
 
As a result of equal weighting, the S&P/TSX Composite Equal Weight Index tends to have a higher exposure to sectors with small companies than the S&P/TSX Composite Index. Relative performance of the two indices will also differ due to different sector exposure and risk and return profiles in different market cycles.
 
For more information about the S&P/TSX Composite Equal Weight Index, please visit: www.standardandpoors.com/indices.