World Stock Market Performance in the Last Six Months

By Sep 12, 2009, 11:34 PM Author's Blog  

The U.S. stock market had its best six months since 1933 with the S&P’s 500-stock index gaining more than 50% from March 9 to Sept. 9.

As this NYT graph shows, when compared to other major stock indexes, the U.S. market was one of the least volatile markets in the world. We did better than most on the way down, but worse than most on the way back up. Looking at the graph however, this cycle has done little to reinforce the international diversification approach to investing as a safe notion and strategy. As you can see from the numbers, balancing the risks of investing in any one market would have been quite ineffective.

World Stock Market Performance in the Last Six Months

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SPY206.17  chart-1.14  chart -0.55%
GOOG521.83  chart-1.57  chart -0.30%
AAPL125.5499  chart-0.8901  chart -0.70%
TSLA278.17  chart-1.85  chart -0.66%
TWTR35.36  chart-0.36  chart -1.01%
BBRY7.935  chart-0.025  chart -0.31%
NFLX661.0132  chart+2.7032  chart +0.41%
FB87.2188  chart-0.0662  chart -0.08%

Nikkei20112.12  chart-427.67  chart -2.08%
UK6535.68  chart-94.79  chart -1.43%
France4711.54  chart-96.68  chart -2.01%
Germany10890.63  chart-167.76  chart -1.52%

EUR / USD1.1067  chart+0.0087  chart +0.79%
GBP / USD1.5614  chart+0.0065  chart +0.42%
CAD / USD0.7906  chart-0.0028  chart -0.35%
AUD / USD0.7510  chart+0.0033  chart +0.44%