Fund managers, consultants, and analysts see the percentage of total index funds continuing to rise, further cementing the index providers’ role in shaping investors’ preferences and anointing market winners.
Behind this growth is a thriving industry dominated by a handful of giants. S&P Global, MSCI, and FTSE Russell, owned by the London Stock Exchange Group, control 70% of the market for indexes, which totaled $3.7 billion in revenue last year, according to Burton-Taylor International Consulting. Other index providers have emerged over the years, including Alerian, Bloomberg, Nasdaq, RAFI, and Qontigo/STOXX, owned by Deutsche Boerse, but none has come close to matching the Big Three in revenue.
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