Index innovation: S&P Indices

Bernd Henseler, S&P Indices

Two big index launches paved the way for a successful 12 months for S&P Indices. The first was its 500 Low Volatility Index, used as the basis for a PowerShares equity ETF, and the second was its GSCI Dynamic Roll Index, linked to a series of exchange-traded notes (ETNs) launched by Barclays Capital, BNP Paribas, Royal Bank of Scotland and UBS. "We focused our index research and design beyond the latest fads or fashion, to ideas that have long-term relevance," says Bernd Henseler, vice-president

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