The World is an Ugly Place Right Now

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Chances are you may have seen the title of this piece and shook your head side to side in knowing discouragement.  You may now be expecting me to launch into a rant about ISIS, terrorism, world economies or geopolitics in general.  Did you forget I am a financial writer?  As such I don’t do politics (in fact the only thing I hate more than politics are politicians, but I digress).

My only interest (in terms of writing) is the financial markets – stock markets primarily.  And like a said, the world is an ugly place right now.

I follow several “Regional” indexes that I created using ETFs within AIQ TradingExpert.

Consider Figures 1 through 4 below

Figure 1 displays my own ETF composite index for the “Americas” region.  The tickers included are: ECH – Chile; EWC – Canada; EWW – Mexico; EWZ – Brazil; IYY – USA

Figure 2 displays my own ETF composite index for the “Asia Pacific” region.  The tickers included are: EPI – India; EWA – Australia; EWH – Hong Kong; EWJ – Japan; EWM – Malaysia; EWT – Taiwan; EWY – South Korea; FXI – China; IDX – Indonesia; RSX – Russia; THD – Thailand; VNM – Viet Nam

Figure 3 displays my own ETF composite index for the “European” region.  The tickers included are: ECD – Sweden; EWG – Germany; EWI – Italy; EWK – Belgium; EWL – Switzerland; EWN – Netherlands; EWO – Austria; EWP – Spain; EWQ – France; EWU – United Kingdom; VGK – Vanguard European VIPER

Figure 4 displays my own ETF composite index for the “Middle East” region.  The tickers included are: EGPT – Egypt; ESI – Israel; EZA – South Africa; TUR – Turkey;

Now take a look at the ugliness contained in Figures 1 through 4.

(click to enlarge)1Figures 1 through 4 – Clockwise from Upper left (Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia/Pacific (Courtesy: AIQ TradingExpert)

Notice anything these indexes ll have in common?

For the record, as of 12/31/2015:

World Region – Americas      -32.6% off of 2014 high

World Region – Asia Pacific   -23.3% off of 2014 high

World Region – Europe         -19.0% off of 2014 high

World Region – Middle East   -30.7% off of 2014 high

Like I said, the world is an ugly place right now.

(See also JayOnTheMarkets.com: The World is an Ugly Place Right Now (Part 2))

Jay Kaeppel

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