World Stock Markets Gain $5 Trillion in May

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As stock markets around the world gained ground last month, the total world stock market capitalization increased by almost $5 trillion in May, according to preliminary data released today by the World Federation of Exchanges. The May gain follows increases of $3.65 trillion in April and $1 trillion in March, and is the first time in almost two years of three consecutive monthly advances in world stock market value.

The cumulative three-month gain of $9.625 trillion in world stock market capitalization brings the value of world equities up to $38.39 trillion, the highest level since September 2008, and marks a 33.5% increase from the February bottom (see chart above).

Update 06-11: World Markets increase by $11.7 trillion in global stock market capitalization since the March 9 bottom, using weekly data from Bloomberg. I reported yesterday on the $9.625 trillion increase through the end of May, using monthly data from the World Federation of Exchanges. Having access to Bloomberg gives me a major case of “data envy.”

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Affiliation: University of Michigan

Dr. Mark J. Perry is a professor of economics and finance in the School of Management at the Flint campus of the University of Michigan.

He holds two graduate degrees in economics (M.A. and Ph.D.) from George Mason University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA degree in finance from the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Since 1997, Professor Perry has been a member of the Board of Scholars for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a nonpartisan research and public policy institute in Michigan.

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