World Markets Update: July 26, 2021

Six out of eight indexes on our world watch list posted gains through July 26, 2021. The top performer is France's CAC 40 with a gain of 18.5%, our own S&P 500 is in second is with a gain of 17.7%, and Germany's DAKX is in third with a gain of 11.2%. Coming in last is Hong Kong's Hang Seng with a loss of 3.8%.

Here are all eight world indexes in 2021 and the associated table sorted by YTD.

World Indexes and Recent Recessions

Let's start with a very recent chart with the latest recession. We've used February 3, 2020, for our start date as this is the official NBER recession start. Shanghai has fared the worst thus far as recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The chart below illustrates the comparative performance of World Markets since March 9, 2009. The start date is arbitrary: The S&P 500, CAC 40, and BSE SENSEX hit their lows on March 9th, the Nikkei 225 on March 10th, the DAXK on March 6th, the FTSE on March 3rd, the Shanghai Composite on November 4, 2008, and the Hang Seng even earlier on October 27, 2008. However, by aligning on the same day and using a log scale vertical axis, we get an excellent visualization of the relative performance. We've indexed each of the eight to 800 on the March 9th start date. The callout in the upper left corner shows the percent change from the start date to the latest weekly close.

World Markets since March 2009

Here is the same visualization, this time starting on February 3, 2020, the start of the current COVID-19 recession.

Here is the same visualization, this time starting on October 9, 2007, the closing high for the S&P 500, a date that is approximately the mid-point of the range of market peaks, which started on June 1st for the CAC 40 and ended on January 8, 2008 for the SENSEX.

World Markets since October 2007

For a longer look at the relative performance, our final chart starts at the turn of the century, again indexing each at 800 for the start date.

World Markets since 2000

Check back next week for a new update.

Note: We track Germany's DAXK a price-only index, instead of the more familiar DAX index (which includes dividends), for consistency with the other indexes, which do not include dividends.

All the indexes are calculated in their local currencies.

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