Proprietary Indexes

S-Network has been a leading innovator in the development of proprietary indexes. In particular, S-Network has been active in developing and publishing indexes in the “smart” beta space.

Major S-Network Index Properties include:


  • S-Network Closed-End Fund Indexes
    – a comprehensive suite of closed-end fund indexes that employ a unique weighting methodology that aims to capture the discounts that typify the closed-end fund sector. S-Network CEF Indexes serve as the underlying indexes for assets in excess of $700 million.

  • S-Network Sector Dividend Dogs Indexes
    – a comprehensive suite of US and international indexes characterized by high dividend yield. Based on a variation of the “Dogs of the Dow” theory, Dividend Dog indexes serve as the underlying indexes for assets under management of approximately $3 billion.

  • Poliwogg Medical Breakthroughs Index
    – a biotech index focused on small-cap and mid-cap biotech companies with drugs in either Phase II or Phase III FDA clinical trials. The index methodologies contain provisions designed to prevent the constituent stocks from suffering excessive dilution.

  • Thompson Reuters Corporate Responsibility Indices
    – a comprehensive suite of US and international indexes that emphasize companies with exemplary environmental, social, governance and composite ESG compliance. Over 200 separate compliance factors are used to evaluate constituent stocks.

  • Ardour Global Indexes
    – a comprehensive suite of Alternative Energy indexes, which are the oldest continuously, published global alternative energy indexes in the market. Ardour Indexes serve as the underlying indexes for assets under management of approximately $100 million.

  • S-Network Water Indexes
    – a suite of indexes comprising companies engaged in the global water industry. S-Network Water Indexes are unique in that the family includes both utilities and technology indexes. S-Network Water Indexes are used as benchmarks for five of the largest water funds on the market.

  • VanEck Natural Resources Index
     – a benchmark index covering natural resource producers worldwide. Known for its comprehensive coverage of the global market, this index (Ticker: RVEI) serves as the underlying index for assets under management of approximately $100 million.

Other proprietary indexes include the S-Network ITG Agriculture Index, S-Network Global Gaming Index, S-Network Emerging Infrastructure Builders Index, S-Network Nuclear Energy Index, S-Network Global Automotive Index, and S-Network Gold Index.