As investment opportunities continue to narrow, index service providers are in the throes of launching new indices to mirror where potential investment opportunities may arise.
FTSE Group has announced it has created a new index series of the world's small companies.
Dow Jones Indexes has also announced it is expanding its Titans blue-chip index series to include an index covering the four of the so-called Asian Tiger countries, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.
The new FTSE indices ' the FTSE Global Small Cap ' will be available and integrated with the FTSE All-World series (large and mid-cap indices) from 22 September.
The FTSE global small-cap index series covers 49 countries and includes over 4,500 companies with a minimum size of $100m, which according to Mark Makepeace, chief executive of the FTSE group, ensures that the indices are relevant to international investors.
The new Dow Jones Tiger Titans 50 index will be launched in the second quarter and will contain 50 of the largest companies in the four Asian countries.
'The Dow Jones Tiger Titans 50 is the first index to represent Asian Tiger countries,' said Lars Hamich, executive director of global business development for Dow Jones Indices.
'The four countries included in the index are fast-growing economies with competitive returns in recent years, which makes the index an interesting tool for financial institutions.'
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