DEFINITION of 'KBW Bank Index'
An economic index consisting of the stocks of 24 banking companies. This index serves as a benchmark of the banking sector. This index trades on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, where it was created. The KBW Index is named after Keefe, Bruyette and Woods, a recognized authority in the banking industry.
BREAKING DOWN 'KBW Bank Index'
The KBW Index trades under ticker symbol BKX. The index is weighted according to capitalization and represents major banks and money centers from across the country. Mathematically, the index is based on a tenth of the value of the Keefe, Bruyette and Woods Index (KBWI). It began trading options in September of 1992.