All the big indexes have well known fairly standard ticker like names, e.g. SPX for the S&P 500.
However there are huge numbers of lesser known indexes (and a huge number of variants on each).
Are there actual or de-facto standards for identifying indexes, e.g. like CUSIP or ISIN values or ticker/exchange pairs for equities.
E.g. if I talk about the Credit Suisse AllHedge index I can find all these variants:
- DJ CS ALL HEDGE
- DJ CS ALL HEDGE CONVRT ARBITRG
- DJ CS ALL HEDGE DEDCT SH BIAS
- DJ CS ALL HEDGE EMER MKTS
- DJ CS ALL HEDGE EQ MKT NUETRAL
- DJ CS ALL HEDGE EVENT DRIVEN
- DJ CS ALL HEDGE FIXED INC ARB
- DJ CS ALL HEDGE GLOBAL MACRO
- DJ CS ALL HEDGE L/S EQUITY
- DJ CS ALL HEDGE MANAGED FUTURS
- DJ CS ALL HEDGE MULTI-STRATEGY
Plus, in addition to USD, there are GBP, EUR, CHF and JPY variants of each.
Is there a standard identifier scheme to allow me to be absolutely clear in the above example which variant I'm interested in?
Ideally one that's agreed across index providers.
Or are we doomed to use names that are subject to personal wording choices, e.g. one person may write "Credit Suisse", another "CS", or "AllHedge" instead of "All Hedge" etc?