Twice a year, Standard & Poor's releases a “SPIVA Scorecard” -- a report comparing the performance of active managers versus three passive indexes. The S&P 500 large caps, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 are pitted against the median returns of active managers.
Our analysis of mid-sized endowments reveals that, although it's good to be big, it's not decisive for investment performance. In fact, some of these mid-sized overachievers produced industry-leading returns.
Speculators held positions on rising commodities near the highest in 11 months as speculation that China will act to bolster its economy and signs of improving U.S. growth boosted prices for a third consecutive week.