FTSE Russell ranks first in global revenue, followed by S&P and MSCI, Rising assets under management in ETFs drive a 14.8% surge in asset-based fees, 2018 volatility supports strong growth in derivative index license revenues

Global index revenue increased 13.4% in 2018, totaling a record $3.5 billion, according to a new benchmark study published by Burton-Taylor International Consulting (part of TP ICAP’s Data & Analytics division).  The study provides a comprehensive analysis of the index industry, with detailed reviews of leading providers including FTSE Russell, S&P Dow Jones Indices, MSCI, NasdaqSTOXX,  Bloomberg, Alerian, Intercontinental Exchange, Solactive, Morningstar, CRSP, and SIX.

Index industry revenue increased across all segments in 2018, with asset-based fees rising 14.8% to a record $1.7 billion.  Subscription fee revenue grew 8.8% to $1.4 billion in 2018, while other index revenue (non-recurring transaction revenue and revenue from index licensing for use with derivatives, OTC contracts, and structured products) surged 24.6% to $451.3 million.

Key findings in the report include:

  • FTSE Russell accounted for the largest share of industry revenue, totaling $842.3 million in 2018.  S&P Dow Jones Indices was the second largest index provider with revenue totaling $837.0, followed by MSCI which recorded $835.5 million in index revenue.
  • Intercontinental Exchange reported the fastest growth in 2018, with revenue surging 119.0% to $41.4 million.  Bloomberg index revenue has seen the greatest growth over the past 5 years, with a 74.4% CAGR since 2013.
  • S&P Dow Jones Indices was the largest index provider in the Americas with a regional share of 26.3%, while MSCI was the largest index provider in both EMEA and Asia with a market share of 32.0% and 30.8%, respectively.
  • Index providers are embracing the rapidly evolving ESG and Factor index segments, with revenue surging 30.6% and 25.5% in 2018, respectively.


“Resurgent volatility had a mixed impact on index industry revenue in 2018, with periods of declining asset valuations negatively impacting asset-based fees.  Declining valuations, however, were offset by surging trading volumes in global derivatives markets which contributed to record licensing fees,” said David Tabaka, analyst at Burton-Taylor.  “Future industry growth is a foregone conclusion, as the investment industry continues to move toward passive investment products and ESG and Factor indices continue to gain steam,” he added.

A free download of which includes extracts from the report, and the table of contents, may be requested by visiting the Burton-Taylor Research Request page and inputting research sample code INDEX2019BT.

The 99 page Burton-Taylor Index Global Share & Segment Sizing 2019 – Global Market Drivers, Global Market Share 2014-18, Global Revenue Mix 2014-18, Key Competitors, Global Index Mix 2014-18 report may be purchased by visiting or by contacting, +1 646 201-4152.


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