2012 SPIVA Awards Submissions Now Being Accepted

S&P Dow Jones Indices is now accepting submissions for the Second Annual SPIVA Awards, the international awards program that recognizes excellence in research on the topic of index-related applications. The SPIVA Awards supports researchers from around the world that explore innovative techniques that enhance the use of indices in the financial markets.

AWARD: USD $45,000 in total prize money (a first prize of $30,000 and an honorable mention of $15,000) will be awarded to individuals or teams for the development of distinctive, high-quality research in the use of financial market indices for investment analysis and management. Award winners will be announced in March 2013, during an awards ceremony in New York City.

Eligible research papers are those completed during the 24 months prior to the submission deadline which have not been published in a refereed journal. Working papers posted on SSRN.com or similar sites are award eligible. Laureates will be selected by a jury of academics and industry experts.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Research should be submitted electronically at http://www.spindices.com/spiva-awards and must be received by S&P Dow Jones Indices on or before the submission deadline of November 15, 2012. Rules governing the contest can also be found at http://www.spindices.com/spiva-awards

TOPICS: Papers should cover topics related to the use of financial market indices in investment programs, investment products, investment evaluation, investment performance or similar activities, which will be broadly defined. This includes such areas as: trading and investing in ETFs, index linked futures, options, swaps, portfolios or funds; hedging, insuring or managing investment risks; and index performance, calculation, or maintenance. Research focusing on applications of indices to investments or topics directly relevant to investment questions is especially welcome.

Papers will be evaluated on the basis of several criteria including: overall presentation, accuracy, quality, completeness of the analysis and relevance to investing with financial market indices. Where papers make use of empirical data, the data must be made available to the judging panel if any member of the panel wishes to review or replicate the analysis for purposes of accuracy. Papers should be the original work of the author(s) submitting the paper.

- The 2011 SPIVA Awards winning paper was "Why Does an Equal-Weighted Portfolio Outperform Value- and Price-Weighted Portfolios?" published by Yuliya Plyakhx and Grigory Vilkov of Goethe University in Frankfurt and Raman Uppal of Edhec Business School in London.
- The 2011 SPIVA Awards Honorable Mention (second prize) was awarded to the team of George Chacko and Sanjiv Das of Santa Clara University and Rong Fan of Gifford Fong Associates for their research paper entitled "An Index-Based Measure of Liquidity" which proposes a new measure for liquidity risk using ETFs.

ABOUT SPIVA: The SPIVA scorecard reveals quarterly performance data for U.S. equity, international and fixed income mutual funds benchmarked against appropriate asset class indices. More than 3500 actively managed funds are covered in the scorecard. Mutual fund data is derived from CRSP(R) Survivor-Bias-Free U.S. Mutual Fund Database.

The SPIVA methodology is designed to provide an accurate and objective apples-to-apples comparison of funds' performance versus their appropriate style indices, correcting for factors that have skewed results in previous index-versus-active analyses in the industry. SPIVA scorecards show both asset-weighted and equal-weighted averages, include survivorship bias correction to account for funds that may have merged or been liquidated during the period under study, and show style consistency for each style group across different time horizons.

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Posted 7/21/12