Equity markets around the globe had been hanging in there up until early September, but since then we’ve seen a sell-off that has left global equity indices down quite a bit year-to-date.  Below is a table showing the year-to-date performance (in local currency) of major equity indices for 72 countries.  As shown, the average country is currently down 12.7% year-to-date, while the median decline is 12.38%.  Of the 72 countries, only 12 are currently in the green for the year, while the remaining 60 are in the red.

Denmark’s equity market is currently up the most with a YTD gain of 16.82%, followed by Nigeria at +13.74% and Latvia at 7.76%.  China ranks fifth with a gain of 5.72%, while the US (S&P 500) is now just barely hanging on to a YTD gain at +0.79%.

The remaining G7 countries are performing quite a bit worse than the US.  While Japan is only off 2.87% on the year, the big European countries like the UK, Italy, and France are all down more than 23%.  The UK is down the most in the G7 with a decline of 26.33%.

Of the four BRIC countries, China is doing the best, while India is down 3.97%, Brazil is down 17.77%, and Russia is down 30.92%.

Seven countries are currently down more than 30% year-to-date — Poland, Russia, Mauritius, Austria, Kenya, Spain, and Greece.  Greece is currently down more than any other country with a YTD loss of 37.83%.  Click here to view Bespoke’s premium membership options for our best research available.

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