Global Markets Update: Tuesday, January 3, 2012

How did global markets fare in 2011?  Here are a few of the things we have taken note of as we look forward to 2012.

  • A divergence of this magnitude doesn't happen often, but 2011 saw the MSCI US stock market basically flat, while The World x US was down over 16%.  Much of it came in the 4th quarter with the US markets up 11%.
  • The BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China) were all down more than 20% in 2011.  India was the worst down 38%.
  • What was the top performing country we follow in 2011?  Jamaica, mon - up 25.7%.
  • Dow stodgy, old stocks led the US markets (up 5.5%), a full 8% better than Mid Caps (S&P 400) in 2011, which made it a tough year for those buying quality growth companies.
  • It is never a good year when Utilities finish first (up 14.8%) and Consumer Staples second (up 10.5%).
  • Fixed Income and Real Estate where the leaders of the major asset classes in 2011, with International Stocks being the biggest loser (see chart below).

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Sources: & Thomson Reuters Datastream

Keith Hays & Justin Wood

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