This is for the record. The table below shows the indices of some major stock indices for years 2011, 2012 and 2013. The percentage change column is to compare 2013 with 2012.
|Nikkei 225 (Japan)||8,455.35||10,395.18||16,291.31||
|S&P 500 (USA)||1,257.60||1,426.19||1,848.36||
|Dow Jones (USA)||12,217.60||13,104.14||16,576.66||
|Australia All Ordinaries||4,111.00||4,664.60||5,353.10||
|Hang Seng (HK)||18,434.39||22,656.92||23,306.39||
|Shanghai Composite (China)||2,199.42||2,269.13||2,115.98||
Clearly Japan Nikkei 225 was a runaway success story. The index jumped 56.7% between 2013 and 2012 and it was up 92.7% between 2013 and 2011. The US stock market and Germany stock market rose more than 25% in the same period. Australia, UK and India did alright.
In the case of Hang Seng Index, its index rose only 2.9% in 2013 but 26.4% over two year period.
As for Singapore, the STI was flat in 2013. If we compare end 2013 with end 2011 the STI was up 19.7%. Money could have been made in 2012.
The worst performer was the Shanghai Composite. The index lost 6.7 per cent last year. While the major stock indices were up, it was down instead.
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