Which country's stock market offered the highest annualized real returns (net of inflation) from 1900 - 2015?
South Africa, with annualized real returns of 7.3% over that time period. The next-best competitor has been Australia, with annualized real returns of 6.7%.
A few observations:
- The US stock market size today is larger than all other countries in the world put together.
- The US stock market is more than 22 times as large as the Chinese stock market.
- The UK has a larger stock market than France and Germany combined.
- English-speaking lands comprise greater than 64% of the world's total stock markets.
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