2015 1Q market review – international markets

Equity and commodity markets

The following chart shows the returns on a range of international stock markets and commodities in the first quarter of 2015.

2015 1Q International market returns

Notes

  1. The Euro markets, Germany, Italy, France and Netherlands, dominate the top of the performance chart this last quater.
  2. At the bottom are the commodities (gold, oill and platinum), and US stocks.

Currency markets

The following chart shows a sample of currency moves against the British pound in 2015 1Q. For example, the British pound strengthened 14.5% against the Brazilean Real, and fell 8.8% against the Russian Ruble.

2015 1Q Pound sterling performance b

Equity and commodity markets (sterling)

The following chart shows the returns on the same markets as in the first chart, but this time in sterling terms (i.e. showing the currency-adjusted returns for a UK investor). The order of the markets has been kept the same as in the first chart, to highlight the effect of the currency moves.

2015 1Q International market returns (GBP)

Notes

  1. Over the first quarter sterling strengthened against the Euro (thus diminishing the effective returns from Euro markets), and weakened against the US dollar.
  2. A major positive impact for UK investors was the weakness of sterling against the ruble which boosted returns on Russian equity exposure.
  3. Conversely, the weakness of the Brazilian Real  acted to reduce returns on Brazil equities.
  4. While oil fell 4.0% in dollar terms in the quarter, UK investors saw a small positive return of 0.8%.

Equity and commodity markets (dollar)

The following chart shows the returns on the same markets as in the first chart, but this time in US dollar terms (i.e. showing the currency-adjusted returns for a US investor).

2015 1Q International market returns (USD)

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2015 1Q market review – comparative performance of UK equity indices

The following chart shows the performance of the main UK stock market indices in the first quarter 2015.

UK indices comparative returns 2015 1Q

The relative performance was fairly typical for a first quarter (e.g. 2014 1Q). For example, small and mid-caps (e.g. FTSE Fledgling, FTSE 250 and FTSE SmallCap) greatly outperformed the large caps (FTSE 100).

Data

The data for the above chart is shown in the following table.

Index 2015 1Q Rtn(%)
FTSE Fledgling 7.4
FTSE TechMARK Focus Index 7.3
FTSE 250 6.2
FTSE TechMARK All Share 6.1
FTSE UK Dividend Plus 6.1
FTSE SmallCap 5.3
FTSE AIM 100 4.8
FTSE All-Share – Total Return 4.7
FTSE 100 Index – Total Return 4.2
FTSE All-Share 3.7
FTSE4Good UK 3.7
FTSE 350 3.6
FTSE 100 3.2
FTSE4Good UK 50 3.0
FTSE AIM All-Share 2.0

 

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