Global Stocks: A Report Card

Two of eight indexes on our world watch list have posted gains through Monday, July 2, 2018. The top performer this year is India’s with a gain of 4.29%. In second is our own with a gain of 1.99%. In third is France’s with a loss of 0.67%. Coming in last is with a loss of 16.07%.

2018 Performance

Here is an overlay of the eight illustrating their comparative performance in 2018.

Global Stock Indices

Global Stock Indices

Here are all eight world indexes sorted by YTD.

Global Stocks YTD

Global Stocks YTD

A Longer Perspective

The chart below illustrates the comparative performance of World Markets since March 9, 2009. The start date is arbitrary: The S&P 500, CAC 40 and BSE SENSEX hit their lows on March 9, the on March 10, the on March 6, the on March 3, the Shanghai Composite on November 4, 2008, and the even earlier on October 27, 2008. However, by aligning on the same day and using a log scale vertical axis, we get an excellent visualization of the relative performance. We’ve indexed each of the eight to 800 on the March 9 start date. The callout in the upper left corner shows the percent change from the start date to the latest weekly close.

Global Stocks Since 2009

Global Stocks Since 2009

Here is the same visualization, this time starting on October 9, 2007, the closing high for the S&P 500, a date that is approximately the mid-point of the range of market peaks, which started on June 1st for the CAC 40 and ended on January 8, 2008 for the SENSEX.

Global Stocks Since 2007

Global Stocks Since 2007

For a longer look at the relative performance, our final chart starts at the turn of the century, again indexing each at 800 for the start date.

Global Stocks Since 2000

Global Stocks Since 2000

Check back next week for a new update.

Note: We track Germany’s DAXK, a price-only index, instead of the more familiar index (which includes dividends), for consistency with the other indexes, which do not include dividends.

All the indexes are calculated in their local currencies.

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