|For some perspective on the post-financial crisis rally, today's chart illustrates how much of the downturn that occurred as a result of the financial crisis has been retraced by several major international stock market indices. For example, the S&P 500 peaked at 1,565.15 back in October 9, 2007 and troughed at 676.53 back on March 9, 2009. The most recent close for the S&P 500 is 1,848.36 -- it has retraced 131.9% of its financial crisis bear market decline. As today's chart illustrates, China (Shanghai Composite), Japan (Nikkei 225), India (S&P BSE Sensex), Germany (DAX), France (CAC 40) and the UK (FTSE 100) are all above their financial crisis lows (i.e. above 0% on today's chart) and three of the aforementioned countries (Germany, India and the UK) are currently trading above their respective pre-financial crisis peak (i.e. are above 100% on today's chart). It is interesting to note that the US (epicenter of the financial crisis) has outperformed the other major stock market indices (* keep in mind that the German DAX is unique in that it includes for the reinvestment of dividends) while China has lagged to the point where it only trades 9.3% above its financial crisis lows -- not that impressive of a performance considering that the financial crisis occurred well over four years ago.Notes:
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