World Stock Markets High and Low Returns

The graphic illustrates the range of foreign market performance from year to year, as well as the fluctuation of markets in different countries. 

Diversification* by investing in international securities can increase returns while potentially reducing risk, particularly taking into account that the U.S. stock market was outperformed by different international markets during the past ten years.


Source: StateTrust’s analysis of Morningstar data.  Performance shown is not indicative of the performance of any specific investment.  An investor cannot invest in an index, such as the one these graphs are based on.  Past returns are no guarantee of future performance.  These returns are based on historical information, from sources believed to be reliable, but accuracy cannot be guaranteed, and these returns can vary in future time periods.

* Diversification does not guarantee a profit or ensure against loss.

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