Updated: Apr 15, 2019
I don't want to be too much of a downer here, I wish I was presenting this when there was more good news, but in light of the fact that the VTS community now has representation from 45 countries around the world, I thought maybe people would want to see how their country of residence or origin is performing this year as far as the stock market goes. I only invest in the US markets, but if you're curious how the rest of the world is doing here it is.
I took it a step further to arrange the data based on GDP in 2017 so people can also see where that ranks as well. Like I said I wish the news wasn't so grim, but here's the top 40 countries by GDP and their major country-specific ETF performance in 2018:
That kind of puts things in perspective for any US-based investors who feel it's been a rough year. Now it has been, no doubt. The S&P 500 is negative for the year and so are bonds, precious metals, real estate, oil, and pretty much every other asset class as well. You name it, there's a good chance it's down this year.
However, things have been even rougher on other markets throughout the world, and it's not just stock markets. Many of these countries are seeing the same thing the US is with bonds struggling in this rate environment as well. Unfortunately, this likely means most investors are losing ground. For what is technically still a bull market by most definitions, it sure isn't feeling very good for the vast majority of investors.
There are several weeks left in the year though. So far in 2018, it's been pretty rough globally but maybe we'll get a Thanksgiving and Christmas miracle and save some of these numbers.
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