The S&P Europe 350 ESG Index is a pan-European index covering developed markets across over 15 different countries. The four largest individual country weights as of April 8, 2021 are UK 23.58%, France 18.08%, Switzerland 17,16%, and Germany 14.90%.
The index is constructed from the constituents of the S&P Europe 350 index with a set of filters that governs the eligibility based on the companies’ adherence to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) standards.
As of each index rebalancing reference date, the constituents of the S&P Europe 350 ESG Index are filtered for materially participating in certain industries (e.g., tobacco, controversial weapons, thermal coal) and for possessing a low score in United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). Further, companies with an S&P DJI ESG score that falls within the lowest 25% of ESG scores from each GICS Industry Group are also excluded.
For a full discussion of the stock eligibility and index methodology, please visit the S&P Europe 350 ESG Index page at https://www.spglobal.com/spdji/en/indices/esg/sp-europe-350-esg-index.
No, there are not 350 stocks in the index. The index excludes companies with exposure to key negative ESG activities: Tobacco, Controversial Weapons, Thermal Coal, and a low UN Global Compact score. The goal of the index is to target 75% of the market capitalization (within each GICS Industry Group of the S&P Europe 350) using the S&P DJI ESG score as the defining characteristic.
As of April 8, 2021, the number of constituents in the index was 228.
Both indices use the same ESG methodology but apply them to different parent universes. The S&P 500 ESG Index is the result of applying the methodology to the S&P 500 index and thus provides US equity exposure. The S&P Europe 350 ESG Index is the result of applying the methodology to the S&P Europe 350 Index and thus provides European equity exposure.
The correlation between the S&P Europe 350 ESG Index and other European indices including ESG variants is very high as can be seen from the below correlation matrix from Bloomberg. It shows monthly correlations over a two-year period between April 20, 2019 and April 20, 2021.
|Index||STOXX 600 ESG||EuroSTOXX 50 ESG||MSCI Europe ESG Leaders||STOXX 600||EuroSTOXX 50||MSCI Europe|
|S&P Europe 350 ESG||0.998||0.983||0.996||0.998||0.988||0.999|
Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) is a trend that has been gaining increased implementation in the investment arena. The S&P Europe 350 ESG Index applies a robust set of ESG criteria to a broad index universe resulting in a futures contract that is considered compliant with Article 8 of the EU sustainable finance rules.
This index uses the same index methodology applied to the S&P 500 ESG Index upon which the E-mini S&P 500 ESG futures is based, and has been well received by the investment community.
|INDEX FUTURES CONTRACTS||MULTIPLIER||OUTRIGHT||CALENDAR SPREAD|
|E-mini S&P Europe 350 ESG Futures||€500 x S&P Europe 350 ESG Index||0.05 Index points= €25.00||0.01 Index points= €5.00|
|INDEX FUTURES CONTRACTS||UNDERLYING INDEX (BLOOMBERG)||CME GLOBEX||CME BTIC||BLOOMBERG FRONT MONTH OUTRIGHT||BLOOMBERG FRONT MONTH BTIC||THOMSON REUTERS FRONT MONTH OUTRIGHT||THOMSON REUTERS FRONT MONTH BTIC|
|E-mini S&P Europe 350 ESG Futures||SPEESEP Index||E3G||E3T||UGEA Index||UTEA Index||EGP||EPT|
The calendar spread quoting convention will be based on the “European Convention” that is common for European equity index futures. Thus, when buying the calendar roll, a client is buying the near maturity contract and selling the far maturity contract. Note this is the opposite to the “US Convention” for calendar spreads applied to CME’s U.S. Equity Index futures.
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Daily settlement for the E-mini S&P Europe 350 ESG futures are based on the 30-second volume-weighted average price (VWAP) of CME Globex trades between 4:29:30 p.m. and 4:30:00 p.m. London hours.
Final settlement value is based on the official index closing price on the third Friday of the contract month.
Yes, E-mini S&P Europe 350 ESG futures will be block eligible and BTIC eligible. There will be a minimum block threshold of 50 contracts for outright trades and BTIC subject to a 5 minute reporting window during US trading hours (15 minutes during non-US hours). Block trades are subject to specific requirements as outlined in Rule 526 and the associated Market Regulation Advisory Notice.
E-mini S&P Europe 350 ESG futures will be part of the E-mini Equity Index futures suite according to the CME Fee Schedule.
Yes. E-mini S&P Europe 350 ESG futures volume will count towards the current volume-based fee discounts available to members.
Margins are based on current market conditions and, thus, are subject to change. Below are the margin estimates as of April 19, 2021.
Margin credits are based on current market conditions and, thus, are subject to change. Below are the margin credits estimates as of April 19, 2021.
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CME Group plans to introduce a market maker program to assure continuous two-sided markets are quoted on-screen throughout the trading day beginning May 24, 2021.
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