Friday, January 9, 2009

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2008 Country Returns

Below we provide 2008 performance numbers for the major equity indices of 84
countries. As shown, 32 of the 84 countries were down more than 50% in
2008, while just three countries finished in the green -- Ghana,
Tunisia, and Ecuador. Iceland was down by far the most, losing nearly
all of its value at with a decline of 94.43%. Of the G-7 countries,
the UK did the best with a loss of 31.33%, followed by Canada (-35%),
and the US (-38.5%). With a decline of 48.4%, Italy was the weakest of
the G-7 countries. At the start of 2008, the decoupling trade was all
the rage, as emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia, India, and China
(BRIC) were supposed to hang in there much better due to continued
growth prospects. When all was said and done though, of the BRIC
countries, only Brazil did better than any of the G-7 countries, while
India, China, and Russia were all down more than 50%.

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