Single Country Periodic Table of Investment Returns: Developed Markets 2001 – 2010

The chart below shows the Periodic Table of Investment Returns for individual countries in the developed world from 2001 to 2010. The returns are based on the MSCI and Standard & Poor’s data.

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Source: iShares

A few interesting observations:

  • Australia was one of the best performing markets for the period shown with double digit returns in most years.Though Australia fell over 50% in 2008 due to the global financial crisis (GFC), in 2009 and 2010 it had double digit returns. In addition, the 10-year annualized return is 14.4%.
  • The U.S. return was average to below average in the 10 years when compared with other developed markets like Israel, Australia, Germany.The 10-year annual return for the U.S. is just 1.5% which is lower than all European countries except Ireland and Italy, Singapore and Australia.
  • Singapore is also a top performing market yielding returns of more than 10% except in 2008 and a couple of other years.
  • Though Canada and Australia have similar economies, Canada lagged Australia in performance during the period shown.

Related ETFs:
iShares MSCI Canada Index (EWC)
iShares MSCI Australia Index (EWA)
iShares MSCI Germany Index Fund (EWG)
iShares MSCI Singapore Index Fund (EWS)

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