PHOENIX-Investors' renewed respect for risk management and interest in global opportunities will drive an entire new wave of index innovation, speakers at Investment Management Network's "Super Bowl of Indexing" predicted last week.

Capital markets are likely to stay volatile, but indexes tied to alternative asset classes can tamp down volatility and the risk associated with investing in uncertain markets, said Joanne M. Hill, head of investment strategy for ProFunds Group. Among the potential new categories: funds tied to the performance of "supernational global enterprises," as Goldman Sachs put it. Also gaining ground: indexes tracking infrastructure development and green investing.

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