The United States is by far the biggest contributor to the growth of stock markets around the world. The Dow Jones Index, which represents 30 companies considered the backbone of the US economy, has gained more than 21% this year.
The larger S&P 500 index is up about 27%, while the Nasdaq Composite Index, which includes many high-tech companies, has gained about 32% since the start of the year.
The US stock markets represent more than 50 percent of total stock transactions in the world.
Tech companies, especially those in the United States, contribute significantly to the growth in the value of global equities. For example, Apple shares have strengthened by around 80%, while Facebook shares have risen more than 50% this year.
At the start of the year, the value of stocks in the world was less than $ 70 trillion, but by the end of the year it had passed the $ 85 trillion mark and continued to rise. The increase topped $ 17 trillion for the year as a whole, said Torsten Slok, an analyst at Deutsche Bank.
In Europe, the DAX index, which tracks trades on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, has gained around 23% since the start of the year.
The main index of the London stock exchange FTSE 100 is good by around 12%, while the index of the Paris stock exchange CAC 40 has risen by around 27%. The Prague Stock Exchange’s PX index has risen by around 13% since the start of the year.
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