World Stock Markets: Then and Now

Shifting Economic Balance

Ever wonder how the balance of the world stock markets have changed over the last 120 years?

Here’s a really interesting snapshot (see graphic), which shows the size of many countries’ stock markets at the beginning of the 1900s (as a percentage of the total), and as of the start of this year. Notice the enormous growth of the U.S., from 15% of the total to more than 50%. Also notice that much of this growth came at the expense of European economies, notably the UK (down from 25% to 5.5% over the past 120 years), Germany (13% down to 2.8%) and France (11.5% to 3.3%). Russia and Austria were significant at the end of 1899; less so now.

Also notice some of the risers: Canada, Switzerland and China. It makes you
wonder what the same chart will look like at the end of 2099. Learn more about investing here!


World Stock Markets


Post by Bob Veres

Bob Veres, a Financial Planning columnist in San Diego, is publisher of Inside Information, an information service for financial advisors.

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