This marks my first newsletter as CIO of State Street Global Advisors’ Global Equity Beta Solutions (GEBS) business, having commenced this role last September following Lynn Blake’s retirement. As I write this, the pandemic-related market uncertainty that has characterized the last two years has being replaced by uncertainty related to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
As we adapt to the rapidly shifting investment landscape in these historic times, I am comforted by the resilience our Global Equity Beta Solutions business has demonstrated throughout the past year. New milestones were achieved yet again in 2021. At the end of the fourth quarter of 2021, our equity indexing book had over $2.67T in assets.
This growth was partially buoyed by the forward march of equity markets in 2021, but it also reflects our success in building on key initiatives — most notably a sustained commitment to the evolution of our ESG business, which reached new levels of demand in 2021.
When reflecting on my strategic vision for the GEBS business in 2022, I see the need to continue to build on 2021’s core initiatives as well as to ensure that the highest-quality client service continues to support our work. I’d also like to share my team’s forward-looking thinking across three key areas:
A sustained level of uncertainty seems likely to remain with us for the foreseeable future. We remain committed to helping investors meet the challenges of an uncertain world through actively monitoring index-relevant events and responding fluidly to support the interests of our clients and stakeholders.
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Exp. Date: 03/31/2023