Extreme pain in September for global stocks

Stocks continue to slump in September. Central banks are tightening monetary policies by raising benchmark interest rates.

Stock Indices 26-Aug-22 23-Sep-22 Change (%)
Hang Seng (HK) 20,170.04 17,933.27 -11.1%
Nasdaq (USA) 12,141.71 10,867.93 -10.5%
S&P 500 (USA) 4,057.66 3,693.23 -9.0%
Dow Jones (USA) 32,283.40 29,590.41 -8.3%
CAC 40 (France) 6,274.26 5,783.41 -7.8%
Australia All Ordinaries 7,345.80 6,788.70 -7.6%
UK FTSE 100 7,427.31 7,018.60 -5.5%
Germany DAX 12,971.47 12,284.19 -5.3%
Nikkei 225 (Japan) 28,641.38 27,153.83 -5.2%
Shanghai Composite 3,236.22 3,088.37 -4.6%
Mumbai BSESN 58,833.87 58,098.92 -1.2%
STI (Singapore) 3,249.53 3,227.10 -0.7%

All major stock indices above were negative with Hang Seng Index (-11.1%) and Nasdaq (-10.5%) heading the dishonour list above.

The year-to-date changes as at 23 September are shown in the table below.

Stock Indices 31-Dec-21 23-Sep-22 Change (%)
Nasdaq (USA) 15,644.97 10,867.93 -30.5%
Hang Seng (HK) 23,397.67 17,933.27 -23.4%
Germany DAX 15,884.86 12,284.19 -22.7%
S&P 500 (USA) 4,766.18 3,693.23 -22.5%
CAC 40 (France) 7,153.03 5,783.41 -19.1%
Dow Jones (USA) 36,338.30 29,590.41 -18.6%
Shanghai Composite 3,639.78 3,088.37 -15.1%
Australia All Ordinaries 7,779.20 6,788.70 -12.7%
Nikkei 225 (Japan) 28,791.71 27,153.83 -5.7%
UK FTSE 100 7,384.54 7,018.60 -5.0%
Mumbai BSESN 58,253.82 58,098.92 -0.3%
STI (Singapore) 3,123.68 3,227.10 3.3%

All stock indices above were negative except for Singapore’s Straits Times Index (STI), which was up 3.3% year-to-date.

Nasdaq lost 30.5% so far from the start of the year.

What to do?

History shows us that stocks will eventually rally up after a period of time (maybe years) after a major slump. I will not panic at this time. As long as corporations have a track record of good management, they will come back to winning ways in the future. The key is to watch the operations of these corporations in this trying period.

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