CHART OF THE DAY: How The World's Biggest Stock Markets Evolved Since 1900

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Back in 1900, the UK had the world’s largest equity market, according to a research report from Credit Suisse (via Barry Ritholtz).

Soon after, the U.S. and barring a three-year period in the late 1980s, it has stayed that way.

One of the more interesting stock markets to look at is Japan’s.

Japan’s stock market capitalisation (or market value) all but disappeared in the 1940s following WWII. At the time, stocks lost lost 96 per cent of their real value. But, “from 1949 to 1959, Japan’s ‘economic miracle’ began and equities gave a real return of 1,565%.”

From the report:

“At its peak, Japan accounted for 45% of the total market capitalisation of our 22 countries. Then the Japanese bubble burst and, by the end of 2012, Japan’s proportion had fallen to just 8%, while the USA still accounted for 51%.”

This chart of the day shows the world stock market mix since 1900, february 2013

Photo: Credit Suisse

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