A Mixed Year for Equity Markets

There were mixed results from the world’s main share markets in 2014, with the US coming up trumps.

Index2014 Change
FTSE 100-2.7%
FTSE All-Share-2.1%
Dow Jones Industrial+7.5%
Standard & Poor’s 500+11.3%
Nikkei 225+7.3%
Euro Stoxx 50+1.2%
Hang Seng+1.3%
MSCI Emerging Markets (£)+1.3%

As ever, the raw numbers do not tell the whole story:

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.