David M. Blitzer

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David M. Blitzer is the chairman and managing director at S&P Dow Jones Indices, where he is head of the index committee that determines which stocks are added to the S&P 500 and all other stock market indices calculated by the company.[1] He holds overall responsibility for index security selection, as well as index analysis and management.[2][3]


Blitzer has a B.S. in engineering from Cornell University, an M.A. in economics from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University.[4][5]


Blitzer served as Chief Economist at The McGraw-Hill Companies, S&P's parent corporation, and equity analyst at S&P Capital IQ Equity Research and S&P Credit Research. Prior to that, he was a senior economic analyst with National Economic Research Associates, Inc. and did consulting work for various government and private sector agencies, including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the National Commission on Materials Policy, and Natural Resources Defense Council.[1]

In 2000, Blitzer was named to SmartMoney Magazine’s distinguished list of the 30 most influential people in the world of investing, which ranked him seventh. A well-known speaker at investing and indexing conferences, Blitzer is often quoted in the national business press, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Financial Times.[6]

Blitzer is the author of Outpacing the Pros: Using Indices to Beat Wall Street’s Savviest Money Managers, (McGraw-Hill, 2001) and What’s the Economy Trying to Tell You? Everyone’s Guide to Understanding and Profiting from the Economy, (McGraw-Hill, 1997).


  1. ^ a b Otani, Akane (19 May 2017). "David M. Blitzer: Stock Picker Behind the S&P 500". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 
  2. ^ "David Blitzer | S&P Dow Jones Indices". www.indexologyblog.com. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 
  3. ^ Ferri, Rick (19 December 2013). "An Interview With S&P Dow Jones Index Chief David Blitzer". Forbes. Retrieved 14 May 2018. 
  4. ^ "David Blitzer, Ph.D - S&P Dow Jones Indices". us.spindices.com. Retrieved 14 May 2018. 
  5. ^ "U. S. Housing Biographies" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 22, 2014. Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Biography". Investing.businessweek.com. Retrieved 2 February 2014.