2009 Global Stock Market Returns – Every Country ETF Ranked

by Darwin on January 4, 2010

Following the most tumultuous investment environment many have seen in their life, it’s worth reviewing the 2009 stock market performance for equities globally.  Interestingly, the US (ticker SPY) ended up toward the bottom of the list from an annual performance standpoint.  Reason being, while the US declined ~50% from its peak, many emerging market stock exchanges declined 75% or more.  As such, when it became evident that at least a mild economic recovery was in hand and crisis was averted, these emerging market economies rocketed back with massive gains from the pivot bottom, which was around March 2009, but still showed as nice gains on the full year 2009.  Without further ado:

2009 Stock Market Performance:

163%    IDX Market Vectors Indonesia Index ETF
130%    TKF  Turkish Investment Fund
128%    RSX    Market Vectors Russia ETF Trust
126%    EWZ   Ishares Msci Brazil Index Fund
124%    ISL     First Israel Fund
109%    INP  Ipath Msci India Index Etn
105%    HAO  Claymore AlphaShares China Small Cap Index
104%    IF     Indonesia Fund
103%    EPI   WisdomTree India
90%     CH    Chile Fund
89%     GXG  Global X/InterBolsa FTSE Colombia 20 ETF
86%     SGF    Singapore Fund
84%     IFN    India Fund
81%     EWT  Taiwan Index Fund
77%     KEF    Korea Equity Fund
73%     EWY Ishares Msci-south Korea Index Fund
69%     EWS  Ishares Msci Singapore Index Fund
63%     EWC  Ishares Msci Canada Index Fund
61%     TTF    Thai Fund
60%     EWD  Ishares Msci Sweden Index Fund
58%     IRL   New Ireland Fund
58%     EWO  Ishares Msci Austria Index Fund
56%     EZA    Ishares Msci South Africa Index Fund
53%     MAY  Malaysia Fund
44%     MXF   Mexico Fund
41%     SNF    Spain Fund
41%     EWN  Ishares Msci Netherlands Index Fund
38%     EWU  Ishares Msci United Kingdom Index Fund
28%     EWQ  Ishares Msci France Index Fund
28%  SPY   SPDR S&P 500 (ETF)
27%     EWL  Ishares Msci Switzerland Index Fund
24%     EWG  Ishares Msci Germany Index Fund
21%     EWI   Ishares Msci Italy Index Fund
9%     JEQ  Japan Equity Fund

If some of the 2009 returns for these emerging markets ETFs stirred your interest, check out this review on Frontier Markets which are even more volatile and speculative than the more established western and emerging markets exchanges.  Here’s a mid-year snapshot of stock market returns if interested in seeing how things shaped up in the back half of 2009.

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1 Bash January 4, 2010 at 3:06 pm

EWT is a Taiwan, not Canada ETF.

2 Darwin January 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Thanks! got it.

3 Robert January 9, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Do you know of a Vietnam ETF?

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