#MarketGlance 2014

#MarketGlance 2014 is a summary of 2014’s market performance. Have a question about which was a top performing market, or want to see how a market is comparing to a different year’s performance? This is where you start! Over time this section will continue to grow as a method of tracking market performance and includes a selection of some of the most relevant indices and is updated monthly. To see more detailed performance of any of the markets simply click on the graph to open a larger image.

The S&P TSX Composite

2014 Return 7.4%

The S&P/TSX Composite Index is an index of the stock (equity) prices of the largest companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) as measured by market capitalization. The Toronto Stock Exchange listed companies in this index account for about 70% of market capitalization for all Canadian-based companies listed on the TSX. – from Wikipedia

The Dow Jones Industrial Average

2014 Return 7.5%

The value of the Dow is not the actual average of the prices of its component stocks, but rather the sum of the component prices divided by a divisor, which changes whenever one of the component stocks has a stock split or stock dividend, so as to generate a consistent value for the index. Since the divisor is currently less than one, the value of the index is larger than the sum of the component prices. Although the Dow is compiled to gauge the performance of the industrial sector within the American economy, the index’s performance continues to be influenced by not only corporate and economic reports, but also by domestic and foreign political events such as war and terrorism, as well as by natural disasters that could potentially lead to economic harm. – from Wikipedia

 

S&P 500

2014 Return 11.4%

The S&P 500, or the Standard & Poor’s 500, is a stock market index based on the market capitalizations of 500 large companies having common stock listed on the NYSE or NASDAQ. The S&P 500 index components and their weightings are determined by S&P Dow Jones Indices. It differs from other U.S. stock market indices, such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average or the Nasdaq Composite index, because of its diverse constituency and weighting methodology. It is one of the most commonly followed equity indices, and many consider it one of the best representations of the U.S. stock market, and a bellwether for the U.S. economy – from Wikipedia

 

FTSE 100 (UK)

2014 Return -2.7%

The FTSE 100 Index, also called FTSE 100, FTSE, or, informally, the “footsie”, is a share index of the 100 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange with the highest market capitalization. It is one of the most widely used stock indices and is seen as a gauge of business prosperity for business regulated by UK company law. – From Wikipedia

 

Nikkei (Japan)

2014 Return 7.1%

The Nikkei 225, more commonly called the Nikkei, the Nikkei index, or the Nikkei Stock Average, is a stock market index for the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE). It has been calculated daily by the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei) newspaper since 1950. It is a price-weighted index (the unit is yen), and the components are reviewed once a year. Currently, the Nikkei is the most widely quoted average of Japanese equities, similar to the Dow Jones Industrial Average – from Wikipedia

 

MSCI Emerging Markets

2014 Return -4.6%

In 1988, MSCI launched the first comprehensive emerging markets index. Since then, emerging markets have become an important and integrated part of a global equity portfolio allocation. In 1988, there were just 10 countries in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, representing less than 1% of world market cap. Today the MSCI Emerging Markets Index covers over 800 securities across 23 markets and represents approximately 11%1 of world market cap. – From MSCI website

 

MSCI World

2014 Return 2.9%

The MSCI World is a stock market index of 1,612[1] ‘world’ stocks. It is maintained by MSCI Inc., formerly Morgan Stanley Capital International, and is often used as a common benchmark for ‘world’ or ‘global’ stock funds. The index includes a collection of stocks of all the developed markets in the world, as defined by MSCI. The index includes securities from 23 countries but excludes stocks from emerging and frontier economies making it less worldwide than the name suggests – from Wikipedia

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