New S&P Dow Jones venture to compete with banks not index providers

S&P Dow Jones merger to compete with indexing business of banks

McGraw-Hill Companies and CME Group announced the formal launch of S&P Dow Jones Indices on June 29, a joint venture that brings together S&P Indices and Dow Jones Indexes, creators of two of the world's most iconic indexes, the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). Index industry participants say the merger will fuel more competition with banks and issuers of structured products than with other index providers, though some say the combined entity could well have an edge in US equ

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