UK Equity Income Indices
Investors have a choice of UK Equity Income index strategies, each with different risk-return characteristics, weightings methodologies and factor tilts.
These difference influence the performance of each index strategy (all figures below are on a total return basis for GBP investors).
Best performing for 2017
The best performing strategies for UK Equity Income in 2017 were:
This compares to +12.3% for FTSE 100 (best tracked by HSBC FTSE 100 UCITS ETF (LON:HUKX)).
Best performing over last 3 years
The best performing strategies for UK Equity Income over the last 3 years were:
This compares to +31.5% cumulative return for FTSE 100 (best tracked by HSBC FTSE 100 UCITS ETF (LON:HUKX)).
Fig. 1: Total Returns (Cumulative) by strategy/index (cumulative, GBP terms)
Best risk-adjusted returns
The best risk-adjusted returns in 2017 of available UK Equity Income indices was achieved by:
To look at consistency of risk-adjusted returns, we have plotted 1Y Sharpe ratios vs 3Y Sharpe ratios for each UK Equity Income index strategy in Fig.2 below.
Fig.2. 1Y & 3Y Sharpe Ratios, selected UK Equity Income index strategies (GBP terms)
Different index construction methodologies has a material impact on performance outcomes – both in absolute terms and on a risk-adjusted basis.
A naïve interpretation is to consider performance in isolation, however our view is that index selection is more nuanced than that: it should relate to the objectives and constraints of individual client portfolios and the desired exposure - on asset-basis, risk-basis and factor-basis and the interaction between the selected strategy and the rest of a client portfolio.
Note: Scope of our comparison
For these reports, we have analysed the indices and ETFs detailed in Fig.3.
Fig. 3: UK Equity Income Indices & ETFs vs HSBC FTSE 100 UCITS ETF (LON:HUKX)
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