S&P Dow Jones Indices Launches S&P Target Tuition Inflation Index
Benchmark Aims to Capture College Tuition Inflation Over Long Term

NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI), one of the world's leading index providers, today announced the launch of the S&P Target Tuition Inflation Index, a benchmark designed to capture for market participants college tuition inflation over the long term.

The S&P Target Tuition Inflation Index is comprised of existing total return indices covering U.S. inflation-linked treasury securities (TIPS), U.S. corporate bonds and a short overlay of U.S. equities. The indices used to represent each asset class are:

"The rise in college tuition has vastly exceeded broad inflation in recent years," said Jodie Gunzberg, Managing Director, Product Management at S&P Dow Jones Indices. "While TIPS are designed to move with general inflation as measured by Consumer Price Index (CPI), the S&P  Target Tuition Inflation Index tracks a combination of stocks and bonds to reflect tuition inflation risk, which has exceeded general CPI historically. The benchmark helps college savers combine TIPS with breakeven inflation, credit spreads and a short equity risk premium."

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