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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SPY213.29  chart-0.21  chart -0.10%
GOOG541.011  chart-1.499  chart -0.28%
AAPL132.694  chart+1.304  chart +0.99%
TSLA246.68  chart+1.06  chart +0.43%
TWTR36.6499  chart-0.0301  chart -0.08%
BBRY10.4801  chart+0.2101  chart +2.05%
NFLX624.49  chart+1.47  chart +0.24%
FB81.05  chart+0.57  chart +0.71%

Nikkei20264.41  chart+61.54  chart +0.30%
UK7031.72  chart+18.25  chart +0.26%
France5142.89  chart-3.81  chart -0.07%
Germany11815.01  chart-49.58  chart -0.42%

EUR / USD1.1012  chart-0.0091  chart -0.82%
GBP / USD1.5482  chart-0.0178  chart -1.14%
CAD / USD0.8129  chart-0.0066  chart -0.81%
AUD / USD0.7819  chart-0.0075  chart -0.95%