S&P 500 index licensed to European ETF providers

Standard & Poor’s has opened its benchmark US index, the S&P 500, to seven exchange-traded fund (ETF) providers in Europe, meeting demand from a range of investors to be able to invest in US equities as the market recovers from recession.

Michael John Lytle, Source

The S&P 500 was previously licensed exclusively to iShares in Europe but this move will open the index to competition among ETF providers. “The availability of a number of S&P 500 ETFs in the market can only be positive because it increases choice for the client,” says David Chellew, head of market positioning at HSBC in London.

The S&P 500 is a well-known and widely used benchmark, and investors in Europe want access to it through ETFs, as they seek low-cost ways of diversifying their portfolios

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