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Global Stock Market Returns 2015: Winners and Losers

Global stock market returns for 2015 (yearly gains) via Trading Economics

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China's Shanghai Composite index leads (+48%) the major indices on a yearly basis, despite the sharp plunge from June's highs above 5,000. Brazil's Bovespa (-6%) lags, the worst performer of the major indices.

You can find the full global list, covering Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, at Trading Economics (link above). Here's a quick rundown of the best performing global markets for 2015.

1. China's Shanghai Composite up 48% for the year. The SSEC and new A-Share market ETF, ASHR had a huge run from late 2014 into mid-2015. 

2. Russia Stock Market MICEX is up 26% on a 1-year basis. This ruble-denominated index is moving in on its all-time highs, while the dollar-denominated RTS index sits near 5-year lows.

3. Iceland's SE ICEX is up 51% over the past year. The Icelandic market has been steadily gaining ground the last 5 years after falling off a cliff in the 2007-2008 financial crisis.

4. Jamaica's stock market Jamaica SE is up 73% for the year. Click through to the index page and select the 1-year chart to see its recent breakout move.

5. Ireland's ISEQ is up 39% on the year and is trading at levels not seen since early 2008.

Among the worst performing markets in 2015: Ukraine's PFTS -38%, Saudi Arabia TASI -27%, and Kenya's NSE20 -24%. Venezuela's IBVC index, up 295% in local currency terms, is also underwater if the country's real world annual inflation rate of 808% is accounted for. 

We'll check back in at year end to see the final tally for 2015. Thanks for reading, and see you next week!

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