Stock Market Returns

Stock market returns are the profits earned by investors from their investments in a particular market. Over time, as stock markets around the world developed and integrated, investment approaches have tended to get segmented with market analysis reports quantifying the different features of the prospect.
The analysis of a particular market, for instance China, could be negative, but that doesn�t mean all the stock being traded in that market is not good for investment. Individual stocks being traded in that market may still attract investors for their positive history of returns. Similarly analytical reports of the ROI (Return on Investment) of these stocks could also be promising and thereby attract investors.

Stock market returns are no longer as uncertain as they used to be before technical analysis became an integral part of market activity.

The integration of information technology into the stock market has increased transparency to a level where it is not difficult to follow the fundamental factors that constitute a particular stock.
On the other hand there are dedicated fund managers who take investment decisions on behalf of their clients to get the maximum ROI. These fund managers operate in coordination with market analysis reports, which make for excellent service in the most transparent situation.

Recently a group of experts from London Business School, Elroy Dimson, Paul Marsh and Mike Staunton in collaboration with ABN AMRO produced the Global Investment Yearbook, which provides an extensive coverage of 106 years of stock market investments since 1900. The yearbook, which is perhaps one of the most comprehensive studies ever on ROI, blew a longstanding myth about the impact of currencies on the performance of stocks. It was believed till recently that markets supported by strong currencies provide better ROI compared to markets where the currency is weak. Using the history of ROI since 1900, across 17 advanced markets that constitute 92 % of the equity markets worldwide, and also for a broader sample of 53 countries, Professors Elroy Dimson, Paul Marsh and Mike Staunton of London Business School, pointed out equity markets experiencing currency weakness are more likely to outperform those with stronger currencies.

Stock market returns have tended to be turbulent even at the best of times and are quite different from returns earned through investments in debt instruments like bank fixed deposits, bonds, debentures, etc. The prospect of returns from stocks is particularly high in a market that is performing well but the chances of heavy losses are also fairly high in case of a market crash. This brings to light the volatility of ROI from stock market investments as compared to the much lower but safer ROI from debt instruments. However with increasing transparency and efficiency in the stock markets in recent times the prospects of stable ROI has increased substantially.

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