Another good year for sterling investors in the world stock markets

At first sight, the results from the world’s main share markets in 2016 appear mixed, but that’s before currency effects are considered.

Index2016 Change
FTSE 100+14.4
FTSE All-Share+12.5%
Dow Jones Industrial+13.4%
Standard & Poor’s 500+9.5%
Nikkei 225+0.4%
Euro Stoxx 50 (€)+0.7%
Shanghai Composite-12.3%
MSCI Emerging Markets (£)+29.5%

Drilling into the raw numbers reveals a few interesting insights:

2017 is likely to throw up some further surprises.

The value of your investment can go down as well as up and you may not get back the full amount you invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Investing in shares should be regarded as a long-term investment and should fit in with your overall attitude to risk and financial circumstances.