As industries grow and shift, the way we classify companies changes too. Designed to evolve with the markets they track, our sector indices serve as precise measures of the market segments that drive and respond to market dynamics around the world.
Definitive Sector Measures
Since partnering with MSCI to introduce the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®) in 1999, our sector indices, including those based on the iconic S&P 500®, have tracked the sector ups and downs of economies around the world. From Consumer Staples to Health Care, each sector index offers a set of unique set of characteristics that are distinct from the broad-market index while also providing diversification that guards against the risk associated with single-stock investing. Indices tracking GICS sectors can be used both strategically and tactically.
Reflecting an Evolving Sector Landscape
Ensuring that our sector indices remain sharp for investors seeking access to today’s markets, we continue to update GICS so it continues to reflect the composition of the market. On Sept. 28, 2018, we introduced the Communication Services sector, combining the existing Telecommunications Services sector with parts of the Information Technology and Consumer Discretionary sectors. The new sector reflects the evolving media and telecommunications landscape and the ways that we communicate today.
Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC. Chart is provided for illustrative purposes.
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