LONDON (Reuters) - Want to invest in the habits of thirtysomethings? You’ve now got an index to track. FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Index provider MSCI has launched a new set of thematic indexes for investors looking to focus their exposure on major trends such as millennials or disruptive technology which it expects to shape society and the economy for decades to come. Equity indexing is big business with providers such as MSCI, FTSE Russell, Nasdaq, S&P and Dow Jones jostling for market share in an investment landscape where replicating lists of securities compiled along certain criteria has become increasingly popular and a benchmark for active investors. Traditionally, index providers have sliced and diced stocks along sectors, size or geographic lines, but thematic indexing has emerged as a theme in recent years. MSCI launched its first four … [Read more...] about Keeping tabs on millennials – equity index style
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Global Equities Correcting. U.S. and Global equities are correcting and realigning. They are only correcting some of their upside gains, which is totally normal and essential if the current business cycle is going to be extended one or more years into the future, which I believe to be the case. Equity Correction Beneficiaries. There are always multiple reasons for market price action, but at least to-date some grains, cotton, and other commodity markets have been beneficiaries of the ongoing global equity price weakness. First, if global equity price weakness were defining a trend change from bullish to bearish in the equity sector, money may aggressively leave equities and move into commodities for a period and generate some significant price upside in one or more commodities or the sector in general. This does happen when hard assets, like equities and commodities, are in a topping process. I do not believe this to be the case, but many market participants believe global … [Read more...] about Grains and cotton beneficiaries of global equity market weakness, will it last?
Pakistan slipped by one position in the Global Competitiveness Index 2018 released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Wednesday as compared to a year ago, ranking 107 out of 140 countries, with a score of 4.0.The Philippines was strongest in market size (32nd), labor market (36th), financial system (39th) and business dynamism (39th).The United States tops the 2018 rankings, confirming its status of most competitive economy in the world, according to the WEF.However, the 2018 edition, using the new criteria, "backcast" data for 2017 and came up with new rankings for that year.According to the organization, a new methodology was used to reflect changes "in a world increasingly transformed by new, digital technologies". Here, 103 countries score lower than 50 in this area of the index which is topped by Germany, followed by the United States and Switzerland. Sloane Stephens qualifies for WTA Finals & Caroline Garcia wins Tianjin OpenThe US took the top slot with a score of 85.6, … [Read more...] about Ghana drops two ranks in latest WEF’s Global Competitive Index
Nicole Higgins DeSmet Burlington Free Press Published 3:45 PM EDT Oct 10, 2018 Burlington scored 80 out of 100 points in the LGBTQ equity index for 2018, down 2 points from last year, according to Human Rights Campaign (HRC) data. "People think that Vermont is a perfect place, but there's still work to do," Vermont Pride Center Executive Director Mike Bensel said regarding the statistics from the national policy and advocacy group. More: Despite Vermont's liberal bona fides, LGBTQ kids report higher rate of suicidal thoughts The Human Right's Campaign announced on Monday that a record 78 cities earned perfect scores in the seventh annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI). To get a perfect score cities had to "meet the most demanding and pioneering criteria since the report’s debut in 2012," a blog post from HRC President Chad Griffin stated. The index rated 506 cities including all state capitals and the largest cities in … [Read more...] about Burlington VT 2018 score on LGBTQ Human Rights city equity index drops.
By Andrea Shalal BERLIN (Reuters) - The United States slid four points lower on a global corruption index in 2018, dropping out of the top 20 countries for the first time since 2011, watchdog Transparency International said in a report that cited growing threats to democracy worldwide.The group said its latest report on business leaders' perceptions of corruption put the United States at 71, down from 75, on a scale of 0-100.That sounds a "wake-up call" about the need to tackle conflicts of interest, undue influence of the private sector and widening gaps between rich and poor, said Zoe Reiter, the watchdog's acting representative to the United States. "This is a red flag because it's really part of a pattern that we've seen since the 2008 global financial crisis of a loss of trust ... in our public institutions," she told Reuters. "People don't see us as having adequate mechanisms in place to fight corruption and ensure the accountability of our elected officials."GRAPHIC: Corruption … [Read more...] about U.S. drops out of top 20 performers in global corruption index, watchdog says