FT partners with Wilshire to launch indices, metrics, analytics, for investors

Rick Steves

The announcement follows the recent launch of ETF Hub, available on FT.com, which covers the $8tn Exchange Traded Funds sector and was produced in partnership with TrackInsight.

The Financial Times has joined forces with trading company Wilshire to develop indices, metrics, data sets, and analytics for investors. The new tools and content will include themes ranging from Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) to “new digital financial instruments“.

The dedicated services and features, which will be offered on the website FT.com, build ETF Hub also available on FT.com. The ETF Hub was developed in partnership with TrackInsight and covers the fast growing $8tn Exchange Traded Funds sector with news, data, and analytics.

Wilshire owns the renowned Wilshire 5000, the oldest measure of the total US equity market. Under the partnership with Finanial Times, the index will be enhanced, expanded, and relaunched as the FT Wilshire 5000 US Series.

The index industry grew 11% per annum between 2015 and 2019, into a $3.7 billion market in 2019, according to Wilshire. The industry is expected to see future growth driven from unique index designs and customized solutions into segments such as ESG and a greater focus on alternative asset classes and multi-asset products.

Mark Makepeace, Chief Executive Officer of Wilshire, said: “The investment industry continues to evolve and innovate. The combination of Wilshire’s deep pool of investment knowledge, the FT’s leading digital platforms and journalists, and our widely-recognized leadership team in the index space will allow us to provide our clients and investors worldwide with greater insight and better investment solutions.”

Wilshire advises on over $1.1 trillion in assets and manages $76 billion in assets. In 2016, the firm launched a flexible and scalable platform, Wilshire Omnia, that allows reporting for more than 3 million securities with the objective of minimizing risk and maximize returns through its multi-asset class analytics.

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