Morningstar launches multitude of global equity indices
Morningstar has launched some 60 global equity indices, taking its index family to cover 45 countries in both emerging and developed markets.
The indices are intended to provide benchmarks for investors, but also serve as the foundation for the next generation of Morningstar ‘strategic beta’ indices.
Sanjay Arya, head of Morningstar Indexes, said: “As more and more individual investors, advisers, and institutions take a global perspective to investing, our new index family will provide them with meaningful, consistent worldwide views across market capitalisations and regions to provide a deeper understanding of market behaviour throughout the globe.”
The additional indices mean the index family comprises global, regional and country-specific indices. They are available with end of day returns, and constituent data in Morningstar’s research platform Morningstar Direct. The indices are set to be added to the Morningstar Advisor Workstation and Morningstar.com platforms in coming months.
The data provider will also roll out real time calculations early in 2015 to support market monitoring tools and strategic beta indices; which Morningstar defines as indices that “seek to either improve performance or alter the level of risk relative to a standard benchmark.”