STI World’s worst performing stock market in developed world?

By: Leong Sze Hian

A friend sent me a Chinese New Year greeting with a message asking me if I could look at the returns of the stock markets over the last 10 years.

After reading the above – I read “STI gives punters something to crow about” (Straits Times, Jan 28).

It states that “Local shares ended the Year of the Monkey on a positive note, partly due to Wall Street holding above the 20,000 mark overnight.

The Straits Times Index closed up 0.43 per cent or 13.07 points to 3,064.85 in half-day trading ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday and ended the week up by an impressive 1.79 per cent.”

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10 years’ stock market returns (estimated by computing data from googling)?

So, here’s what I have been able to find and compute – returns (estimated) of the following selected stock markets over the last 10 years or so:-

STI (Singapore)           -3%
S&P 500 (USA)            60%
KLSE (Malaysia)          40%
FTSE 100 (U.K.)           15%
HKSE (Hong Kong)     15%
Nikkei 225 (Japan)      12%

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