Our History

From our roots as an indexing pioneer to our capabilities in active, smart beta, alternatives and ETFs, our clients’ investing challenges have served as a catalyst for our innovation for more than 40 years.

We work closely with investors and intermediaries to better understand their needs and objectives, and to develop thoughtful, precise solutions designed to help meet a wide range of investment goals. 


1978

State Street Global Advisors Established

State Street Corporation established State Street Global Advisors to provide institutional investment management services focused on equity indexing and cash. The new entity begins launching domestic and international equity index funds. 


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1993

First US ETF – Now the World’s Oldest

Together with the American Stock Exchange, we launch the first US-listed and still-largest ETF to  offer investors broader, more efficient access to capital markets.*


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2004

First Gold - Backed ETF in US

In partnership with the World Gold Council, we launch the first gold-backed ETF in the US.


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2017

Call for More Women on Boards with Launch of Fearless Girl

We place the Fearless Girl statue in NYC financial district symbolizing women who are taking charge today and inspiring the next generation of women leaders. At the same time, we call on companies to take intentional steps to increase the number of women on their corporate boards.


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