Single Country Annual Total Returns Of Developed Markets From 2003 To 2017

The annual total returns for developed markets from 2003 thru 2017 are shown in the chart below. These data are based on MSCI index returns. Last year Austria topped the list with a return of 59%. Except Israel, all the developed countries in the chart had double digit total returns. The gap between these countries …

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The S&P 500 and US Treasury Bonds Historical Total Returns by Year: Chart

The US stock and bond market performed very well last year. US equities as measured by the S&P 500 yielded total returns that were well above the historical average and US Treasury bonds also earned above average total returns with a year-end return of 2.1%. The chart below shows the annual total returns of S&P …

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Which Markets Are Cheap For 2018?

Most equity markets have performed well this year with the US market and major emerging markets increasing by double digit percentages. So investors looking to deploy cash may be wondering which equity markets are cheap as we head into 2018. The following table compares the valuation ratio of global markets: Click to enlarge Source: Which of …

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On The Importance Of Dividend Growth To Long-Term Returns

Dividends play an important role in long-term equity returns. In fact, dividend growth is more important to long-term returns than dividend yield and P/E expansions. According to an post by Matthew A. Young at Young Investments, dividend growth accounts for a large portion of returns. From the article: Dividend Growth is Key MSCI published a report …

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Is Active Investing Better in Emerging Markets?

Active investing is not s good investment strategy for most retail investors. Passive investing trumps active investing in the developed markets. But does it make sense to follow active investing in emerging markets? According to a recent article at CityWire, active investing makes sense in emerging market due to many reasons. The article notes some …

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Why Hold Stocks For The Long-Term: UK Equity Market Edition

Investors should always focus on their long-term goals and hold stocks for the long-term. Building fabulous wealth with equity investing needs patience and those investors that own stocks thru bull and bear markets are usually rewarded well by the market. The following chart graphically shows the performance of UK equity market over many events since …

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