0009 (Medium)At first sight, the results from the world’s main share markets in 2016 appear mixed, but that’s before currency effects are considered.

World Index Changes in 2016

FTSE 100 +14.4%
FTSE All-Share +12.5%
Dow Jones Industrial +13.4%
Standard & Poor’s 500 +9.5%
Nikkei 225 +0.4%
Euro Stoxx 50 (€) +0.7%
Shanghai Composite -12.3%
MSCI Emerging Markets (£) +29.5%

Drilling into the raw numbers reveals a few interesting insights:

How will markets perform in 2017?

We know that 2017 will have more surprises in store, but no-one knows what those surprises will be. Maybe emerging markets will have another stellar year, or maybe they won’t. Maybe the FTSE 100 will give us double-digit returns again, or maybe fixed income investments like gilts and bonds will catch everyone out.

As we discussed in our post about financial predictions for 2017, it’s impossible to know what the future holds, and who the winners and losers will be.

If you know where the best returns will come from in 2017 please give us a call and let us know. If you don’t, we can help you make sure your investments are well diversifed. Call us today on 020 8559 2111.

[highlight]The value of your investment can go down as well as up and you may not get back the full amount you invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Investing in shares should be regarded as a long-term investment and should fit in with your overall attitude to risk and financial circumstances.[/highlight]