Global market performance YTD by country

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We are almost a third of the way through 2014, and it's worth taking a look at how various markets are performing around the world year to date.  There is a massive spread of 51% between the worst and best performing country since January 1st 2014.  We took a look at some of the major markets around the world, in which US investors can easily invest, and the chart below gives you a good idea of how various markets are performing relative to the rest of the world.  

Considering the tension with Russia it's no major surprise that they are the worst performing market right now, down almost 20% YTD.  Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia, Brazil and India have put in a solid performance over the past 4 months and any capital invested there should have performed well if it was well diversified.

Some of the runaway leaders are:

  • Italy +17%, very strong recovery, and the chart shows a bullish uptrend
  • Thailand +21%, despite the recent riots and election concerns the market has rewarded those who stayed invested in the region
  • Indonesia +23%, this is a key frontier economy on the edge of emerging
  • Egypt +31%, Mubarak steps down, military takes over, citizens protest, Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi, Military battle for power, and after weeks of violence and protests a new government is put into place and the country begins to recover.  What a recovery it has been!

The end of the year will likely look very different from this chart, but this is a good indication of which regions are relatively stronger than others.  With the US markets perfoming flat between 0-2.5% over the past month, there are countries around the world that have been roaring, and maintaining a diversified portfolio with exposure to some of these markets would have paid off handsomely.  


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