Asia Delivers Top Returns of 2017

Investors who backed the current synchronised global business cycle have been richly rewarded, and the current outlook suggests the cycle has further to run

Peter Gee 22 December, 2017 | 10:58AM
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This year began with markets buoyed by the major surprise of President Donald Trump’s election. Trump’s impact was felt immediately; a serious geopolitical conflict with North Korea and the dysfunction of American policymaking. Add to that the tortuous Brexit process, in hindsight global equities in 2017 performed remarkably consistently.

By country, the heavy lifting has been done by Brazilian and Indian shares

Although intermittent storms along the way seemed important at the time, looking back with hindsight at global equity indexes shows more or less steady progress throughout the year. Currently the MSCI World Index is up 16%. Most of the major markets have contributed: in local currency terms, the S&P 500 in the US is up 19.5%, and the Nikkei in Japan up 18%.

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Peter Gee  is a Fund Analyst for Morningstar Australia

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